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Apr 17th, 2020 |

Must eat food in Hoi An will make you happy

When in Hoi An, you can experience the ancient beauty of this place with charming streets, romantic Hoai river and some old coffee shops. The streets of Hoi An Ancient Town are filled with many rustic dishes. If you are planning for your trip in Hoi An, the following suggestions about Must eat food in Hoi An will help. There are some addresses mentioned in this article are not popular, but the tastes of them are amazing! 


1. Cao Lau - Typical food in Hoi An 

cao lau typical food in hoi an


“Cao Lau” is a must eat food in Hoi An. This dish has existed for a long time but people can still retain the distinct flavors of Cao Lau that no other place has. 

The noodles of Cao Lau is yellow served with shrimp, pork, vegetables and a little broth. You can come to “Cao Lau Thanh” on 26 Thai Phien St. or “Cao Lau Ba Be” in Hoi An market to try this dish. 

See more: Cao Lau, The Greatest Culinary Treasures of Hoi An


2. Com Ga Hoi An (Vietnamese chicken rice) - Must try food in Hoi An 


com ga must eat food in hoi an


“Com Ga Hoi An” (Vietnamese chicken rice) is a must try food in Hoi An Ancient Town. When you are here, don’t forget to try this typical dish. The composition of “Com Ga Hoi An” is quite simple including boiled chicken and rice served with papaya, carrots, onions and herbs. 

One of the most famous restaurants in Hoi An is "Com Ga Ba Buoi". The opening time is from 4pm to 8pm at no. 22 Phan Chu Trinh St. You can also go to “Com Ga Ty” on no. 27 Phan Chu Trinh St. or “Com Ga Huong – Kiet Sica” on 56 Le Loi St. 


3. Banh Mi Hoi An - Best street food in Hoi An 


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“Banh Mi Hoi An” has a different flavor than “Banh Mi” (Vietnamese sandwich) in Hanoi or “Banh Mi” in Saigon. Referring to “Banh Mi Hoi An”, people will think of the famous one “Banh Mi Phuong” on 2B Phan Chau Trinh St. 

Banh Mi Phuong has been loved and praised by celebrities and culinary experts all over the world. The bread has many different choices such as sausages, pates, rolls, sausages, bacon, cheese, omelette... and especially the sauce and mayonnaise made by the shop itself. It is served with vegetables including cilantro, cinnamon, basil, onions, pickled pickles, cucumber...

See more: Uncover the truth of Banh Mi Phuong - The world's best sandwich


4. Nuoc Mot - Local drink


local drink of hoi an

“Nuoc Mot” is an herb juice mixed with lemon and lemongrass with many uses that are very good for health. This is an indispensable name on the list of what to drink in Hoi An. When you walk on Tran Phu street, you can easily find many good shop that has Nuoc Mot with only VND 10,000. 


5. Banh Vac (White Rose cake) 


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"Banh Vac", also known as "White Rose cake" is not a long-standing dish of Hoi An, but it is always on the menu at any restaurants here. Banh Vac is made with rice starch, minced pork and shrimp marinated with black fungus, pepper, onions… This dish is served with sweet and sour fish sauce.

6. Hoanh Thanh (Wonton) 




“Wonton” is a familiar food in Hoi An. Although, this dish is from China but it is still considered as one of the most popular dishes in Hoi An. 

There are three types of wonton: wonton soup, wonton fried and wonton noodles. You can go to no. 27 Tran Phu St. to try the dish. This is one of the famous and long-standing restaurants in Hoi An. 


7. Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Pancake) - famous Vietnamese food in Hoi An


famous vietnam food in hoi an


“Banh Xeo” (Vietnamese pancake) is one of the most famous Vietnamese dishes. The taste of Banh Xeo depends on the region, and Banh Xeo in Hoi An will give you a very unique local flavor. 

One of the ingredients that makes Banh Xeo in Hoi An different is the shrimp. Other ingredients like pork/beef, squid, bean sprout are extra. The aroma of rice flour mixed with coconut milk and turmeric powder made the dish. You can try Banh Xeo on “Quan Gieng Ba Le” 45/51 Tran Hung Dao St. or “Banh xeo song Hoai – Hoi An” on 59/32 18/8 Rd.


8. Mi Quang (Quang style Noodle) - Local specialty


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“Mi Quang” is a typical dish in Danang and is also popular in Hoi An. The rice noodles are made by ground rice flour using added turmeric and bone broth seasoned with fish sauce, black pepper, shallot, garlic and fresh vegetables. It comprises shrimp, boiled eggs and roast pork/fish/chicken/beef slices. 

Many locals like enjoying Mi Quang for breakfast, but you can see people also like to have it at all times of the day. “Mi Quang Ong Hai Hoi An” on 6A Truong Minh Luong St. is one the best places for Mi Quang in Hoi An. 


9. Banh Tao Xa - Rustic dish


rustic food in hoi an


There is a rustic dish in Hoi An called “Banh Tao Xa”. Many people do not know about this dish. “Banh Tao Xa” has two parts including a crust made from pure glutinous rice and a filling made from a mixture of red bean and coconut. Packing “Banh Tao Xa” is quite hard and requires some professional techniques. 


10. Sweet Soup - Street Food desserts

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When in Hoi An, make sure not to miss trying some sweet soup such as Che Thung, Che Hat Sen, Che Troi Nuoc Thit Heo… You can find many types of sweet soup on Tran Phu St. or Le Loi St.