What to Eat in Hoian?
Hoian is a must-visit in Vietnam for the unique ancient town and rich culture. Hoian is also a paradise of foods that make you satisfied. What to eat in Hoian? There are enormous foods you shouldn’t miss but I can only list top 10 Hoian foods in this post. Let’s see what to eat in Hoian with me.
1. Hoi An Steamed Rice with Chicken
In Vietnam and other countries around the world, Steamed Rice with Chicken is popular and there are diverse ways to cook it. Hoian Steamed Rice with Chicken (Com Ga Hoi An) recipe gets a complex flavor and great texture. To make Com Ga Hoi An, the cook must use the best rice and fry on a pan with oil, salt, and turmeric powder. Then the rice is steamed with chicken broth instead of water. The steamed rice is stir-fryed with garlic to make it more smelling. The main dish is topped with shredded boiled chicken, chicken organ, pickled onion, herbs. As you can see in the photo, the food is served with green papaya salad, chicken organ soup, chili paste, lemon piece, and chili. Com Ga Hoi An is a perfect mix of the steamed rice, boiled chicken and chicken organ, salad, and soup. This is the first food I’d like to recommend to any tourist coming to Hoian.
Best places to eat Hoi An Steamed Rice with Chicken:
Com Ga Ba Buoi or Madam Buoi Chicken Rice, 22 Phan Chu Trinh Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City; Opening hours: 11:00 – 21:00; Price: 30,000 – 55,000 VND.
Com Ga Ba Thuan or Madam Thuan Chicken Rice, 17/4 Hai Ba Trung Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City; Opening hours: 7:00 – 21:00; Price: 25,000 – 100,000 VND.
Com Ga Xi or Xi Chicken Rice, 47/2 Tran Hung Dao Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City; Opening hours: 15:00 – 19:00; Price: 20,000 – 50,000 VND.
Com Ga Huong or Huong Chicken Rice, Kiet Sica, 56 Le Loi Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City; Opening hours: 7:00 – 22:00; Price: 35,000 – 50,000 VND.
2. Cao Lau
Caolau appeared in Hoian ancient town in the 17th century when Hoian port was opened for business. Caolau noodle is a perfect blend of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese cuisine. It looks simple but it needs time, patience to cook. The rice to make the noodle must be the best and soaked in a mix of water from Ba Le well and ash of a special tree in Hoian. That’s the reason why the noodle is yellow and tender-chewy. The broth is enough to mix the noodle with toppings (shrimp, pork, chicken) and green vegetables. Locals tell me that they eat Caolau because it’s not only delicious but also modest.
Best places to eat Hoi An Cao Lau:
Cao Lau Thanh, 26 Thai Phien Street, Son Phong Ward, Hoi An City; Opening hours: 7:00 – 19:00; Price: 15,000 – 33,000 VND.
Cao Lau Ba Be or Madam Be Cao Lau, Tran Phu Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City; next to the well and the entrance of Hoi An Market; Opening hours: 14:00 – 22:00; Price: 20,000 – 44,000 VND.
Cao Lau Trung Bac, 87 Tran Phu Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City; Opening hours: 8:00 – 22:00; Price: 50,000 – 110,000 VND. Besides Cao Lau, this restaurant also serves Banh Dap.
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3. Steamed Wheat Flour Cake, Banh Vac (White Rose)
It has been said that a French came to Hoian and tasted Banh Vac. Falling in love with the savory cake that looks like an elegant white rose, he called it White Rose. Banh Vac is a kind of dumplings made from two thin round rice paper and a small shrimp and pork ball in the center. The rice paper’s edge is translucent white, chewy and warps after being steamed. There are many steps to make the cake such as filtering and purifying the water from Ba Le well, making the dough, molding the cake, making fillings, steaming and making the sauce. White rose is served with crispy deep-fried onion, chopped green onion and dipping sweet and sour fish sauce.
Best places to eat Banh Bao – Banh Vac in Hoi An:
Hoa Hong Trang or White Rose Restaurant, 533 Hai Ba Trung Street, Cam Pho Ward, Hoi An City; Opening hours: 7:00 – 22:00; Price: 50,000 – 100,000 VND.
4. Banh Dap
Banh Dap is one of the cheapest but the most delicious dishes in Hoian. It’s just a tender chewy round wet rice paper and a thin layer of peanut oil and chopped green onion in the middle of 2 crispy Vietnamese grilled rice crackers. The cake is served with a very special dipping macerated shrimp and fish paste. To eat, dinner uses his hand to push the cracker onto the plate and make an interesting sound.
5. Stir-fried Baby Basket Clams with Crackers
Baby basket clam is a healthy ingredient and very popular in Central Vietnam, especially in Hue and Hoian. Coming to the ancient town is a big chance to enjoy fantastic Stir-fried Baby Basket Clams with Crackers. The baby basket clams are topped with peanuts, fresh smelling herbs, and crispy deep-fried shallot. Just use a spoon to put clams and others onto a piece of Vietnamese rice crackers and tuck in. You’ll feel the amazing taste ever.
Best places to eat Banh Dap and Stir-fried baby clams in Hoi An:
Banh Dap – Hen Xao Cam Nam (or Banh Dap – Stir-fried baby clams Cam Nam), 657 Hai Ba Trung Street, Cam Pho Ward, Hoi An City; Opening hours: 8:00 – 21:00; Price: 15,000 – 50,000 VND.
Co Ngay Restaurant, Nguyen Tri Phuong Street, Cam Nam Ward, Hoi An City; Opening hours: 9:00 – 21:00; Price: 7,000 – 15,000 VND.
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