Hoi An located about 35km to the south of Da Nang city is a must-visit destination. This small ancient town can captivate a traveler's heart not only by its amazing landscape and cultural sites, but also by its essence of cuisine.
Hoi An food’ most famous dishes that travelers can not fail to enjoy are Cao Lau (a flavorful local noodle), Quang noodle, Chicken rice and hundred kinds of other desserts.
I - Food in Hoi An ancient town
1 - Culinary culture in Hoi An
Hoi An street food (Source: Culturephamtravel)
For a long time, the culinary culture in Hoi An has contributed to the brand of Hoi An, Quang Nam not only for dishes with unique names, but also the taste that it brings is nowhere to be found. Although the dishes gather all kinds of tastes, from spicy, bitter, sweet to acrid, they are very delicious, giving an unforgettable impression to people who once enjoyed it.
Famous dishes can be mentioned here are: Cao Lau, Quang Noodles, Banh Canh, Banh U (Small Pyramidal Glutinous Rice Cake), Wonton, Made from black sesame seeds, Luc Tau Xa Soup, etc so come and enjoy and we ensure that you will not forget the tastes that the food here brings to you.
2 - Ingredients and Taste of Hoi An local food
The dishes are sophisticatedly seasoned, creating a unique taste. Having Cao lau as an example, when enjoying this dish you will feel the spicy, bitter, sour, salty, sweet taste of the accompanying ingredients harmonized in each piece, creating a unique taste that can not be mistaken with other dishes. Similarly, Quang noodles, Banh Canh are all very flavorful so come here to enjoy and experience the dishes that have made Hoi An a brand name.
Hoi An people choose really ordinary ingredients to make specialty dishes. Flour, vegetables, et. is present everywhere and Hoi An people have put their love and passion on the food.
II - Top 15 must-try food in Hoi An
1 - White Rose Hoi An (Banh Bao Banh Vac)
The fillings are mainly made from fresh shrimp or minced meat mixed with pepper, onion, cat mushrooms, salt, fish sauce, etc. The dumpling’s fillings are made from pork, cat mushrooms, sliced green onions sauteed with esoteric spices of Hoian people. The dipping sauce is the soul of the dish, in this dish, it has a reasonable level of sweetness, balanced with a slight sourness so that it would not cause boredom as diners eat it and minced chili with both green and ripe chilies to increase the enjoyment of eating.
You can enjoy this dish at the White Rose Restaurant - cauldron dumplings (533 Hai Ba Trung, Cam Pho Ward, Hoi An City) with prices ranging from 50,000vnd
2 - Best banh mi Hoi An (Hoi An Bread)
Hoi An Bread is known as "the best bread in the world", you can search Phuong bread on social media sites or travel websites like Tripadvisor or Foursquare. It is a special dish as there are 20 types of fillings that you can choose: spring rolls, mixed fillings, cheese, bacon beef cheese roll, et. which is very eye-catching for those who are newcomers. Come to Hoi An and try Phuong bread once to experience the taste of "the best bread in the world".
Price: 20,000 - 30,000 VND / drive (depending on the fillings)
Address: 2B Phan Chau Trinh, Hoi An
3 - Cao Lau noodles - best local food in Hoi An
Cao Lau noodles (Source: Willflyforfood)
Cao Lau is a particularly famous dish in Hoi An and a combination of Cao Lau’s fibers, barbecue pork and vegetables. When enjoying this dish, diners would feel as if all their senses were awakened by the whiff of Cao Lau, the strong aroma of fish sauce, soy sauce and the greasy smell of pork fat mixed with the sweet fragrance of shrimp and barbecue pork. Everything would be more perfect when it is served with vegetables or tastes like spicy, bitter, acrid, et. which you can not find in any other dishes other than Cao Lau. A bowl of Cao Lau usually costs 20,000 - 50,000 VND / bowl, depending on the place.
You can enjoy this dish at:
Cao Lau Lien (no. 9 Thai Phien St)
Cao Lau Hoi An Ba Be (Hoi An Food Court, Tran Phu)
Cao Lau Ward (26 Thai Phien)
Cao Lau Hoi An Trung Bac (87 Tran Phu)
Cao Lau Khong Gian Xanh (687 Hai Ba Trung)
4 - Best pho in Hoi An
Pho soup is common in many places in Vietnam, it is made in different flavors. Pho Hoi An is a little different because it is sprinkled with peanuts, served with pickles and the noodles are not soft but a bit tough.
Price: 30,000 - 40,000 VND / bowl (depending on the location)
Address of some restaurants:
Phuong Tung (51/7 Phan Chau Trinh, Hoi An City)
Lan Lua (25 Le Loi, Hoi An)
5 - Banh xeo Hoi An (Hoi An pancake)
Bánh xèo (Source: Kenh14)
This famous food in Hoi An is stuffed with lean meat and shrimp, mingled with sauce made by a mixture of soy sauce, sesame, pork liver, crushed peanuts and then boiled. When served with raw vegetables, it creates a delicious taste which is hard to resist. You only need to spend 10,000 - 50,000 VND in order to enjoy this dish!
Here are a few addresses:
Bale Well (45/51 Tran Hung Dao)
Hoai River - Hoi An Pancake (59/32 18 Thang 8 Street, Hoi An City, Quang Nam)
Hai Dao Pancake (160 Ly Thai To, Cam Chau, Hoi An City, Quang Nam)
Hai Nam Pancake - Hoi An Pancake Shop (409 Hai Ba Trung, Cam Son, Hoi An, Quang Nam)
Hai Son Pancake (147 Ly Thai To, Hoi An City, Quang Nam)
6 - Hoi An chicken rice
Chicken rice in Hoi An (Source: Delightfulplate)
So what to eat in Hoi An next? It must be Hoi An chicken rice. The eye-catching feature of this dish is the yellow rice, with the chicken being torn into thick pieces, and the chicken soup cooked with slightly sliced gizzards. It is guaranteed to bring you a feeling that you can not experience in other places. The average price of a portion ranges from 20,000 to 50,000 VND.
You can enjoy this dish in the following addresses:
Com Ga Hoi An (47/2 Tran Hung Dao, Hoi An City)
Com Ga Ba Nga (8 Phan Chau Trinh, Hoi An City)
Com Ga Ba Buoi (22 Phan Chau Trinh, Hoi An City)
Com Ga Ba Thuan (No.17 Alley 4, Hai Ba Trung, Hoi An City)
Quan Com Ga Tho (190 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoi An city)
7 - Mi Quang Hoi An (Quang Noodles)
Quang Noodles is also a famous dish of Hoi An, the broth of Quang Noodles is made from stewed pork bone with dry roasted peanuts with scallions, herbs, red peppers, creating a delicious bowl of noodles. The soft noodles combined with the rich broth look as if they want to attract the guests to stay and even if he or she is the most difficult customer, it is hard to resist this unique charm.
You can enjoy this food in Hoi An with prices ranging from 15,000 - 50,000 VND at the following places:
Mr. Hai Noodles (64 Truong Minh Luong, Hoi An City)
Mrs Hat Quang Noodles (4 Phan Chau Trinh, Hoi An City)
Mrs. Minh Noodles (Cam Ha, Hoi An City)
8 - Vietnamese Rice Cracker
This is a specialty food in Hoi An. When you eat, the cake is not only crunchy and soft, but also brings the sweetness of starch. Seasoning sauce has a rich aroma of sea anchovy and the sweetness of pilgrimage. The average price of 1 portion ranges from 15,000 - 50,000 VND (depending on the place)
Addresses to eat:
Banh Dap Cam Nam Hoi An (679 Hai Ba Trung, Hoi An City, Quang Nam)
Banh Dap Ba Gia Hoi An (Cam Nam commune, Hoi An City, Quang Nam)
Quan Co Ngay (Nguyen Tri Phuong, Cam Nam, Hoi An City, Quang Nam)
Banh Dap Dung Van (Luong Nhu Bich, Cam Nam, Hoi An City, Quang Nam)
Banh Dap Miss Huong (Cam Nam, Hoi An City, Quang Nam)
9 - Vietnamese Rice Noodles With Grilled Meat
The main ingredients are pieces of soft shoulder meat, grilled on hot charcoal wrapped in a layer of wet cake, herbs, bitter bananas, cucumbers and dipped with a special sauce. The sweetness of the sauce, the aroma of the meat, the spiciness of chili, the aridity of raw vegetables all make an unforgettable taste. The average price ranges from 5,000 - 30,000 VND (depending on the place)
Some restaurant addresses:
Mrs. Suong Grilled Meat Skewer (Thit Xien Nuong Mrs Suong) (On the sidewalk of Kazik Park, 138 Tran Phu, Hoi An)
Banh Uot Cuon Thit Nuong Ba Huong (31 Tieu La, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City)
10 - Khot Cake
Bánh khọt (Source: Afamily)
Khot Cake - a traditional food in Hoi An, is stuffed with shrimp and meat, served with raw vegetables and sweet dipping sauce. In some places, a little coconut is also added to the cake
Price: 28,000 - 50,000 VND (depending on the fillings)
Address of the restaurant: Bale Well (45/51 Tran Hung Dao)
11 - Beef Noodles
This dish is different from Pho because it has yellow broth, spring rolls and blood pudding. The spicy taste and the aromatic lemongrass aroma are what make beef noodle soup so popular even in hot weather. You can eat at the following restaurants with the prices ranging from 20,000 - 30,000 VND / interest
Bun Minh Hue (Minh Hue Noodles) (450 Hai Ba Trung, Cam Son Ward, Hoi An City)
Bun Bo Co Gai (at the entrance of Alley 186 Tran Phu, Hoi An City)
12 - Sweet Soup (Che) - best dessert in Hoi An
Hoi An has many kinds of sweet soup that cannot be found in other places such as Black Sesame Soup, Che Thung Mrs Le, Sweet Lotus Seed Soup, etc with many special flavors with the recipes created by people here. But the price is also very cheap, only from 5,000 - 20,000 VND
You can have a look at the following addresses:
Mr Thieu Sweet Black Sesame Soup (opposite 118 Nguyen Truong To Street, Hoi An)
Ms. Truc Red Beans Sweet Soup (Tran Cao Van, Hoi An)
Mrs Muoi Sweet Soup (No. 4 Hoang Dieu. Hoi An)
Mrs Sau Bean Dessert (Che Thap Cam Co Sau) (No. 18, Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, Tan An, Hoi An)
Che Thung Co Le (369 Cua Dai street, Cam Chau Ward, Hoi An)
Old Quarter Sweet Lotus Seed Soup (No.1 Hoang Van Thu, Hoi An, Quang Nam)
13 - Wet Cake Served With Grilled Meat
Banh Uot Thit Nuong (Source: Citypassguide)
The meat is freshly cooked when taken out from the kitchen, to enjoy Wet Cake Served With Grilled Meat, you can eat meat with thin wet cakes or rice paper rolled with raw vegetables and a small bowl of sauce.
The sauce in this Hoi An typical food is made from minced meat with peanuts, after being cooked, it will have a consistency that makes the dish more delicious and when you eat, you will feel the buttery taste of peanuts and the spiciness of chili sauce. Sprinkle a little more roasted sesame seeds on top of it. The average price per portion ranges from 6,000 VND to 45,000 VND (depending on the location)
Some addresses you can have a look at:
Banh Uot Cuon Thit Nuong Ba Huong (31 Tieu La, P. Minh An thanh, Hoi An)
Quan Thit Nuong Anh Boa (11 La Hoi, Hoi An.)
Bale Well Restaurant (45/51 Tran Hung Dao, P. Minh Anh, Hoi An)
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14 - Fried Wonton Dumplings
Fried Wonton Dumplings are cooked into 2 parts to form one ball, the shell and the fillings. The shell is made from flour, tapioca while the fillings are made from pork, shrimp, wood ear, onion, et. all are chopped and finely mixed together and at the same time, marinate spices like pepper, salt, sugar are added to the mixture
With the price ranging from 20,000 to 50,000 VND (depending on the location), you can enjoy Fried Wonton Dumplings at the following addresses:
Wonton Mr Dung (14 Ba Trieu, Hoi An City)
Thanh Thanh Restaurant (152, Tran Phu Street, Hoi An City)
Pho Xua Restaurant (No. 35, Phan Chau Trinh Street, Hoi An City)
Cam Pho Cuisine Restaurant (at the foot of Cau Pagoda, Old Quarter, Hoi An City)
15 - Hoi An Mussel Rice
Com Hen Hoi An (Source: Uncle# Studio)
The special thing that makes the stir-fried mussel dish attractive to tourists coming here is probably the unique aroma. Fried onions, laksa leaves, raw onions, roasted peanuts, et. are added to reduce the slight fishy smell of the mussels and make the stir-fried mussel smell better than ever. After that, add a bit of satay then mix well. When you serve it rice paper or crunchy Rice Crackers, this Hoi An food tastes better than anything else.
Price: 15,000 - 50,000 VND (depending on the location)
Address of the diner:
Cam Nam (679 Hai Ba Trung, Hoi An City, Quang Nam)
Ba Gia (Village 1, Cam Nam Commune, Hội An City)
Quan An So 9 (74 Nguyen Tri Phuong, Cam Nam Commune, Hoi An City)
Ben Tre (98/1 Nguyen Tri Phuong, Hoi An City).
Further information for those who are looking some best places to eat in Hoi An.
That is a brief on Hoi An food list. Have your own traveling plan and come here for a real food tour with our recommendation or just picking any food stall in the streets will definitely make you much more satisfied.