10 must-try dishes in Hoi An

05-Aug-2019

Hoi An is not only famous for its peaceful ancient houses that has been recognized many times worldwide but also for its but also for its unique world of cuisine that you cannot deny.

Cao Lau (Rice noodles with barbecued pork and green)

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Cao Lau is Hoi An’s definitive dish. The local people has a special recipe of making the noodles which is the rice must be soaked in ash water made by wood collected at Cu Lao Cham and the water must be taken from the only Ba Le well in Hoi An. To have a light yellow color and a strong and little tough taste, it is necessary that the noodles must be steamed several times. Cao Lau is served with white beansprouts, slices of char siu – Chinese barbecued pork and soft boiled pork, sprinkled on roasted peanuts and fragrant mint leaves and basil. You can easily find Cao Lau at any Vietnamese restaurants in Hoi An, from the street vendors to the restaurants on Tran Phu Street, among those the most famous one is Ba Be shop. (Photo: Hoian Heritage)

Com ga (Chicken rice)

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The most famous chicken rice restaurant in Hoi An is Ba Buoi chicken rice at Phan Chau Trinh street. It is a hearty ensemble of fragrant rice, tough and yellow chicken, accompanied by a small bowl of soup, enough to please the most fastidious diners. (Photo: Hivietnam)

Banh bao, banh vac (White rose dumplings)

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These two types of dumplings are both made from rice. The filling of “banh vac” is made from finely minced shrimp with pepper, garlic, onion, lemongrass and some other spices. “Banh vac” is shaped like a white rose, so it is also called with another beautiful name - "white rose dumpling". On the other hand, the filling of “banh bao” is made from pork, fungus and sliced green onion. One of the most famous addresses selling these dishes is the White Rose restaurant in Hai Ba Trung street.

Banh dap (Vietnamese rice crackers), stir-fried baby clams

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This dish is loved by its gentle and rustic look but blended together in a charming way. Con Hen, located on the Thu Bon River is a famous name in Hoi An ancient town. The baby clams here are tiny but particularly delicious and sweet. The local people mainly stir fry the clams in a fairly simple way to keep its sweetness, with some roasted peanuts, onion, satay, sesame and laksa leaves.

Mi Quang (Quang style noodles)

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Once you visit Hoi An, you cannot skip Mi Quang. A bowl of Mi Quang looks very attractive with red shrimp, meat, quail eggs and topped with crispy rice paper and herbs. The noodles are a little tough and served with fragrant and sweet bone broth. Mi Quang is mostly available in many street vendors in town, looking simple but especially delicious! (Photo: tourdulichhoian)

Hoanh thanh (Wonton)

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Wonton has many types, such as wonton soup, wonton noodles, fried wonton and is served with pork, chicken and shrimp. The main ingredients of this dish are flour, chicken eggs, finely pounded and seasoned shrimp and fragrant broth with pineapple, mushrooms and tomatoes. Wonton is often considered a snack, not a main dish. The famous wonton shops in Hoi An can mention Van Loc shop on Tran Phu, or Thai Phien. (Photo: Blogspot)

Banh mi 

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This is a dish of foreign tourists sobbing praise, especially Phuong bread, or Mrs. Khanh bread, which is sold for more than 30 years. This hearty baguette is sold with extremely soft prices and consists of eggs, boiled pork, char siu, pate, mayonnaise, meat sauce, Chinese sausage, chili, thin sliced vegetables and some herbs. (

Banh uot thit nuong – Steamed rice pancake with grilled meat

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This dish consists of grilled skewers, steamed rice pancake, vegetables and dipping sauce. The fragrant and hot skewers are barbecued on-site, wrapped with rice pancake and vegetables and dipped in the delicious fish sauce to create a harmonious flavor. (Photo: Karenmode)

Banh beo – Water fern cake

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This dish can be found anywhere in Hoi An, especially the area along Pho Hoi street such as Cam Chau and Cam Nam. “Banh beo” is placed in small bowls, with shrimp and pork on top and served with delicious chili fish sauce. (Photo: Flickr)

Che bap (Corn sweet soup)

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Newly harvested Cam Nam corns are shredded into very thin slices and moderately cooked to remain tangled but not crushed. Hoi An corn sweet soup is soft, fragrant, sweet and very soothing. The best time to enjoy corn sweet soup in Hoi An is between March and September, as the harvest season of Cam Nam corns.

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