Top must-eat food in Hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An tourism not only attracts tourists by its peaceful beauty but also by an extremely rich and diverse culinary culture. In this article, we will introduce to you the best Hoi An food.
Ba Buoi chicken rice
Ba Buoi chicken rice is a name that has been present in Hoi An since the 1950s. For added convenience, the whole family moved to No.22, Phan Chu Trinh. Currently, the rice shop is managed by two children. Thanks to the family’s secret, the restaurant is still crowded every day.
Like many other places, the chicken rice here also includes ordinary rice, boiled chicken and accompanying vegetables. Accordingly, they select chicken, which freely run in the garden and open space. Thus, the meat is firm, chewy and has a strong taste. The raw vegetables were ordered directly from the nearby Tra Que vegetable village for full flavour.
Thanh Cao Lau
Where do you usually go to Hoi An to eat? Riverside by the evening? In the Vietnamese restaurants listed on the travel book? If not decided, you go to a very small restaurant, simple as a popular rice restaurant, located at 26 Thai Phien and has a simple name: Thanh Cao Lau.
Thanh Cao Lau here is not much different from other places, but the taste is more special. Bowl of Cao Lau is full of light yellow noddles, and is mixed with chewy, but soft pieces of meat and a whole range of fragrant fresh vegetables. They blend together and create a simple yet harmonious overall flavour, making you crave forever even after you’ve finished a bowl. The price of this Hoi An food here is 20,000 – 25,000 VND.
White rose restaurant
Dumplings and banh quai vac are two types of cakes with similar ingredients and often eaten on a same plate. Coming to Hoi An, if you want to try this special dish, do not forget to visit the White Rose restaurant on Hai Ba Trung Street. Here, you can not only enjoy delicious dumplings and banh quai vac, but you can also see their elaborate dumpling process.
The main raw materials for processing these two cakes is white rice, which is whole grain, fragrant, and is grown on clean land. Banh quai vac is stuffed with pounded ground shrimp mixed with some pepper, garlic, onion, lemongrass and secret spices. The dumpling filling is made from pork, mushroom, sliced green onions and then fried with secret spices. Perhaps this seasoning is also a reason why dumplings and banh quai vac can only be delicious and unique in Hoi An.
Madame Khanh Bread
Hoi An bread is also a specialty that anyone who has ever come to this land to remember. And probably speaking of Hoi An bread, everyone thinks of the famous Phuong bread once praised by foreign culinary experts. But do you know, Hoi An bread also has an equally famous address, even more appreciated by foreign tourists? That is Madame Khanh’s shop.
Located on Tran Cao Van Street, a bit far from the old town, Madame Khanh bread is a tiny and simple bakery. However, if you look a little closer, you will find a cupboard full of praises from tourists all over the world. Tourists even name the Madame Khanh bread – The Banhmi Queen (The Bread Queen).
Ba Gia restaurant
Banh dap Cake is a combination of baked rice paper, wet rice paper and some other ingredients. Wet cake is covered with green beans and placed between two pieces of baked rice paper. Then the cake is lightly beaten with the hand so that the two pieces stick together. This must be tricky so that the wet rice paper sticks to the baked rice paper, helping the two outer layers not to crumble. Once the satisfactory thickness is achieved, the cake will be folded in half and then served with a plate of stir-fried mussels.
How to eat this dish properly is dipping with the fish sauce. This is a dipping sauce made from sugar, fried onions, minced pineapples, garlic and green chili peppers. You can go to Ba Gia restaurant in hamlet 1, Cam Nam commune to enjoy this attractive dish.
Like many places, banh beo cake here is placed in small cups. The upper part places the flesh of the shrimp with a red-pink color, spotted with black pepper and green spots of green onions. Depending on your taste, you can add fish sauce or chili to increase the tastiness.
To make Beo cake, people choose delicious rice, and the toppings are mainly made from local products, which are shrimp, meat … At the shop, the owner arranged many cups of cake on the tray, poured the filling into them. Add grease, chutney, scallion, and serve on the table. To eat beo cake, you have to use a “bamboo knife”, which is a sharp bamboo stick shape. Such cuisine also evokes curiosity for guests and is also the difference between beo cake and other Hoi An delicacies made with rice.
Wonton is a Chinese dish that has existed in Hoi An for a long time. Therefore, it is often considered one of the specialties of Hoi An. This dish comes in three forms: soup, fried and noodles. These are eaten much in the afternoon for lining up before enjoying the main dishes.
Main ingredients include flour, chicken eggs and shrimp. The batter, after being mixed with eggs and incubated, is rolled into thin pieces, cut into small cells to make crusts. The filling consists of finely ground marinated shrimp. Wonton is full of fragrant broth with pineapple, tomato and mushrooms. You will be served with a plate of fresh green vegetables. This is the perfect combination of food. Visitors can find this Hoi An food at Van Loc restaurant, 27 Tran Phu.
Gieng Ba Le restaurant
You cannot say that you have visited Hoi An without trying banh xeo (pancakes). This is because Banh xeo is the utmost typical culinary feature of Hoi An people. Hoi An is known for a lot of cakes, especially each dish is eaten in one season to enjoy all the flavour of it. Around the last 3 months of the year, when the weather is cold, pancake shops are crowded with customers. On rainy days, sitting in a little restaurant, enjoying this hot Hoi An food is extremely interesting.
Meat skewers of Kazik Park, Tran Phu street
For only 5,000 VND, you can eat a skewers of hot barbecue. Hoi An people enjoy the skewers a little different. The charcoal grilled meat is wrapped in a thin layer of rice paper together with wet cakes, herbs, star fruit, cucumber, and then dipped in a special sauce. The sweetness of the sauce, the sourness of star fruit, the deliciousness of the meat, the spiciness of chili, the tartness of raw vegetables, all together make up the unforgettable flavour of this barbecue. To find this dish, you can look for Suong shop, right on the sidewalk of Kazik Park to enjoy.
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