Thanks to beautiful scenery, centuries-old relics, people’s honesty and hospitality, Hoi An attracts millions of tourists every year. However, Hoi An’s attractiveness also lies in its vast cuisine. There are a number of local foods in Hoi An that are really cheap and delicious. It’s not more than 50,000 VND (US$2.3) for a dish. You cannot leave Hoi An without trying these 9 local foods in Hoi An because they play an important role in this culture. Remember to add the following these local foods to your list if you have chance to visit Hoi An and want to discover special aspects of this old town.
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1. Banh bao – banh vac
This is one of the best local foods in Hoi An which consists of two kinds of steamed rice dumplings. Banh bao is filled with minced pork and mushrooms. On the other hand, Banh vac has ground shrimp, garlic, spring onion, lemon grass, and spices as the main fillings. They are also known as White rose – an appetizer named for its shape when presented properly. The dish is served with a dipping sauce made of shrimp broth, hot chilies, lemon and sugar.
Best foods in Hoi An – Banh bao banh vac
Adress: White Rose Restaurant on Nhi Trung street.
2. Banh beo (steamed rice pancake)
Banh beo in Hoi An is thick and big compared with its Hue cousin. Its topping sauce is brick, thick and red, a color that comes from tomato juice or achiote added to a mixture of pork and shrimp. Some restaurants add sugar when mixing the flour to make the cakes. Therefore, they are slightly sweet. The steamed rice pancake can be found everywhere in Hoi An, but the best is often at little eateries and street vendors.
Best foods in Hoi An – Banh beo
3. Banh my
According to American celebrity chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain, banh my is one of the delicious local foods in Hoi An. It’s called the best sandwiches in the world. It’s a mistake if you visit Hoi An without trying this famous sandwich. Banh my is served with pate, mayonnaise, pickled vegetables, coriander, herbs, fresh chilies, some kinds of meat, egg. There are a number of stalls selling Banh Mi in Hoi An. However, Madam Khanh – “Banh Mi Queen” at 115 Tran Cao Van St is always crowded with foreign tourists.
Best foods in Hoi An – banh my
4. Thit nuong banh uot (Vietnamese grilled pork with rice paper)
This is one of the next local foods in Hoi An you must try. Although it is a common dish at restaurants, you should check out street stalls along the Hoai River to get the best taste. Banh cuon thit nuong is served on a tray consisting of skewers of charcoal-grilled pork, fresh herbs, vegetables, a stack of wet rice pancakes and peanut sauce as a dip. To enjoy this dish, you should make the rolls. Many street vendors corner between Hai Ba Trung street and Tran Hung Dao street serve the Vietnamese grilled pork with rice paper
Best foods in Hoi An – Thit nuong banh uot
5. Black Sesame sweet soup (Xi ma phu)
When Chinese traders came to this city a long time ago, black sesame sweet soup was imported to Hoi An. The sweet soup consists of several ingredients as black sesame, rice flour, sugar and coconut. This dish looks unappetizing but tastes amazing.
Best foods in Hoi An – Black Sesame sweet soup
Where to eat: Old man with a small street vendor at 02 Nguyen Truong To St, opposite Hoian Catholic Church.
6. Mi Quang
Truly translated as Quang (Quang Nam) noodles, mi Quang is famous all over the country, even among visitors. It is recognizable with its small, thin rice noodles served with a mixture of peanut fried oil with onion and usually yellow soup. Usually, its main components are shrimp and pork, which are also cooked to make the broth and as a garniture together with peanuts and rice crackers. But the dish has been diversified with more garniture like chicken, squid, fish, eggs, snails, and even frogs.
Best foods in Hoi An – Mi Quang
Where to eat: Hai restaurant, 6A Truong Minh Luong St
7. Cao lau
This dish is a rice noodle which has been invented in Hoi An.The Cao Lau has some similarities with Chinese and Japanese noodles. Its al dente noodles look gross and dense just as Japanese noodles. Its garniture includes pieces of pork that seem like char siu or Chinese grilled pork. Cao lau is a delectable dark pork broth with fat yellow noodles, slices of juicy pork, served with bean sprouts, slices of crispy crouton, herbs and vegetables which make the dish even better. Cao lau is one of the best foods in Hoi An because of unique taste and texture which is achieved by using water from an ancient Cham well
Best foods in Hoi An – Cao lau
One of the best places to try Cao lau in Hoi An is a food stand named Ba Be in a market opposite to the Ong Temple. You can also try the Trung Bac Restaurant at 87 Tran Phu which also sell original Cao Lau.
8. Hoi An chicken rice
Chicken rice is not only available in Hoi An but local people succeeded to improve it. This dish becomes one of the most delicious foods in Hoi An. Chicken rice is mouth-watering with its pleasantly yellowed rice topped with hand-shredded chicken and herbs. It is served with a small bowl of soup containing some chicken giblets like heart and liver.The dipping fish sauce which is served along with chicken rice brings to you a sentation in your mouth.
Best foods in Hoi An – Hoi An chicken rice
Where to eat: Mrs. Buoi restaurant at 22 Phan Chau Trinh St
9. Hoi An corn sweetened porridge
The list of best local foods in Hoi An is never complete without sweet beverages, dessert soups and puddings that are known as Che in Vietnamese. There are many kinds of sweet soups in Hoi An such as green bean sweet soup, black bean sweet soup and the most popular sweet soup in Hoi An is corn sweet soup. This sweetened porridge is special because it is made from famous Cam Nam corn. The sweetness of this food comes from the natural and light taste of the corn.
Best foods in Hoi An – Hoi An corn sweetened porridge
Corn sweet soup in Hoi An comes in small bowls that cost just a few cents at street stalls. The best time to enjoy this dish is between March and September since the harvest season of Cam Nam corn.
A large number of tourists not only vote Hoi An as their favorite city but also the tastiest city in Vietnam. If you are looking for an authentic food in Viet Nam, Hoi An is truly an ideal destination. This ancient town is a heaven for all foodies. Do you want to discover Hoi An ? Let’s join with us !
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