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I’ll give sầu you three reasons khổng lồ visit Hoi An – banh mày, com ga, & cao vệ sinh. They’re three of the best things you can eat in Hoi An, which is saying a lot because there’s plenty of good food khổng lồ be had in this central Vietnamese town.
When we first visited Hoi An in 2017, we were smitten with both the town itself & its amazing Vietnamese food. We didn’t know what to expect so our first night in the ancient town made us feel like we had woken up in a dream. The multi-colored paper lanterns zig-zagging between rows of crumbling shophouses looked like something out of a fairy tale.
But as striking as the town is at first sight, you get used lớn it pretty quickly. The novelty fades & by the second or third night, we found the crowds of tourists in the ancient town khổng lồ be an inconvenience, even a nuisance.
But one thing that definitely doesn’t get old is the food. Hoi An is one of our favorite culinary cities in Vietnam, which is why I focused solely on Vietnamese food on my most recent trip. No sightseeing, no guided tours. Just coffee and the best central Vietnamese street food I could find.
The result is this Hoi An food guide of twenty restaurants & street food stalls offering many must-try dishes, including a few places to have some of the best banh mi, com ga, & cao vệ sinh in town. If you travel for food lượt thích we vì, then you’re going to find this restaurant guide very useful.
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Top-rated hotels in Hoi An Ancient Town, the most convenient area lớn stay for people on their first trip lớn Hoi An.
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There are many delicious dishes to lớn be had in Hoi An but for me, the holy trinity is comprised of com ga, banh ngươi, & cao vệ sinh, with mày quang quẻ being the fourth wheel. Being such important dishes, I made sure lớn seek out at least three of the most recommended restaurants and street food stalls to lớn try each of these dishes.
For ease of navigation, I’ve sầu grouped these twenty restaurants according khổng lồ the dish they specialize in. You can use the menu below to jump to specific sections within this guide.
Being a non-Vietnamese, I don’t clayên ổn khổng lồ be an expert on any of these dishes. I can only tell you what tastes good to lớn me. Taste is subjective so we won’t always agree, but I’ve listed my personal favorites below. You can cliông xã on the links to lớn jump down khổng lồ pictures & information about that specific restaurant.
BANH MI: Madam Kkhô hanh – The Banh Mi QueenCOM GA: Long Com GaCAO LAU: Cao Lau Khong Gian XanhMI QUANG: Ong Hai (Mr. Hai)
Banh mày và pho are two of the most well-known Vietnamese dishes outside of the country. Strictly speaking, term banh mi means “bread” but people use it to lớn refer to lớn the sandwich. A small French baguette is split lengthwise and filled with any number of ingredients lượt thích liver pate, cold cuts, pickled vegetables, cucumber slices, và cilantro. It’s a light sandwich that’s typically eaten as a snaông chồng.
You can find banh mi pretty much anywhere in the country but the best sandwiches are said khổng lồ come from Hoi An, và it’s all because of the bread. No one really knows for sure why the bread in Hoi An is better, but some say it may be because of recipes left by the French in the mid-1800s. It could also be because of the type of flour used.
Whatever the reason, you’ll notice that the bread in Hoi An is indeed better than in most other parts of the country. It’s lighter & crisper & superior to lớn any banh mày I personally tried in Hanoi or Saigon, which is saying a lot because nearly every banh ngươi I had in Vietnam was amazing.
Banh Mi Phuong is recognized by many, most importantly by locals, as one of the two best banh ngươi restaurants in Hoi An. It was the stall recommended by the late great Anthony Bourdain in a Vietnam episode of No Reservations. He ordered one with everything on it & called it a “symphony of a sandwich”.
We ordered this banh mi with pork, ham mê, and pate & it was indeed phenomenal. The bread is so light và crusty on the outside và soft và pillowy on the inside that it sort of crumbles in on itself when you take a bite. The bread truly is the star here so for me, it almost doesn’t matter what’s inside. It’ll be delicious regardless.
That episode of No Reservations made this restaurant internationally famous so you’ll never find Banh Mi Phuong without a long line of people waiting outside. But not lớn worry, they have an assembly line of people making sandwiches so it moves fairly quickly.
You can see a shot of Anthony digging into his banh mày above sầu the OPEN sign in the picture below.
Address: 2b Phan Chu Trinch, Cẩm Châu, Hoi An, Quảng Nam 560000, VietnamOperating Hours: 6:30AM-9:30PM, dailyWhat to lớn Order: Banh miWhat We Paid: VND 15,000-25,000 per banh mi
Phi Banh Mi has been open only since 2013 but judging from their perfect 5-star rating on TripAdvisor, they’ve already become a serious contender for the best banh ngươi in Hoi An.
If it’s my first time eating at a restaurant, then I’ll always go for the special. I ordered this Phi Special made with cheese, egg, pork, pate, cucumber, pickles, herbs, & copious amounts of avocavì. It was good – the bread was terrific – but I sort of wished I had ordered something simpler. There was too much avocavì chưng in this one & it was pretty much all I could taste.
Phi Banh Mi is a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awardee with a perfect 5-star rating, which is amazing considering they’ve sầu amassed almost 2,500 review. People clearly lượt thích this restaurant which is why I’ll be sure to order something else on our next visit.
Address: 88 Thái Phiên, Phường Minh An, Hoi An, Quảng Nam, VietnamOperating Hours: 8AM-8PM, dailyWhat lớn Order: Banh miWhat We Paid: VND 15,000-40,000 per banh mi
Madam Kkhô hanh, aka The Banh Mi Queen, is the second restaurant with a reputation for serving the best banh ngươi in Hoi An. I ordered the mixed banh mi with vegetables, pork, yêu thích, pate, egg, pickles, và cucumber. You can have your banh ngươi spicy, medium spicy, or not spicy. I had mine spicy.
Take a good look at the sauce on this banh mi. Aside from the bread, it’s what sets this sandwich apart. One bite sent me into pure banh ngươi bliss. This sandwich was phenomenal and a worthy rival to lớn Banh Mi Phuong. It’s tough choosing between the two but I’d probably give sầu the slight nod to lớn Madam Kkhô giòn because of the sauce. It was spicy, savory, và a little sweet. It’s what made this sandwich really sing.
Like Banh Mi Phuong, Madam Khanh is popular so expect a packed restaurant when you visit. The good news is that banh mi is easy khổng lồ eat so you can get it to lớn go if the restaurant is full.
Address: 115 Trần Cao Vân, Phường Minh An, Hoi An, Quảng Nam, VietnamOperating Hours: 6:30AM-7:30PM, dailyWhat to Order: Banh miWhat We Paid: VND đôi mươi,000-30,000 per banh mi
Com ga is the Vietnamese version of Hainanese chicken rice. Originally from Đài Loan Trung Quốc, it found its way to Hoi An by way of Chinese traders who settled in Quang Nam Province. Many of these traders were from Hainan which is less than 450 km northeast of Hoi An.
Com ga is a dish of shredded poached chicken served with seasoned pilaf rice, shredded green papaya và carrot, fresh herbs, và a bowl of chicken broth that may or may not contain offal and cubes of congealed blood. It’s one of those deceptive dishes that looks tasteless but is absolutely packed with flavor.
We made the mistake of skipping com ga in 2017 so I made sure to lớn visit as many com ga restaurants as I could on this trip. It’s one of the best Asian food experiences I’ve had not just in Hoi An, but in all of Vietphái mạnh. Don’t miss it.
Com Ga Ba Buoi has been around since the 1950s và is one of the most popular restaurants lớn have chicken rice in Hoi An. And rightfully so – their com ga is delicious.
Isn’t their presentation pretty? The red on the plates adds color khổng lồ what would otherwise look like a plain & visually unappealing dish. But boring và bland this isn’t. The combination of flavors & textures is wonderful. It achieves a balance that I’ve come khổng lồ expect from many Vietnamese dishes.
I’ve sầu had Singaporean chicken rice many times and one of the differences is that com ga is served with more stronger-tasting herbs lượt thích Vietnamese coriander và mint. This is presumably khổng lồ help temper the richness of the rice which is cooked with the poached chicken broth. It’s also made with turmeric which is what gives it that lovely golden yellow color.
Com Ga bố Buoi pairs their soft succulent shreds of chicken with a few cubes of congealed blood. If you’ve never had congealed chicken or pork blood before, it’s like a softer, less gritty version of liver. I’m drawn lớn dishes with lots of different textures which is one of the reasons why I enjoyed com ga so much.
Of the three restaurants I visited, Com Ga ba Buoi seemed khổng lồ be the most popular with tourists. It was packed when I was there for lunch. I didn’t have khổng lồ wait khổng lồ be seated but vì expect lớn share crowded tables with other diners during peak hours.
Address: 22 Phan Chu Trinh, Phường Minh An, Hoi An, Quảng Nam, VietnamOperating Hours: 10:30AM-2:30PM, 5-9PM, dailyWhat to lớn Order: Com gaWhat We Paid: VND 35,000 per order of com ga
This was one of the restaurants I was most excited khổng lồ visit in Hoi An, mainly because of its opening hours. They’re open only from 6PM lớn around 8:30PM everyday, which told me that it’s the type of restaurant visited mostly by locals, the kind you need to lớn get khổng lồ early before they run out of food.
Com Ga Hien’s chicken rice was tasty as well but it was my least favorite of the three. I’m not exactly sure why, but it didn’t make me as wide-eyed as the other two restaurants on this danh sách. The rice felt heavier and there seemed lớn be less going on overall. They didn’t serve nearly as much offal & congealed blood either – just a few pieces in my soup và none on the rice.
I read that tourists in Hoi An are often given a tamer version of com ga, because locals feel they’d be put off by the offal. I believe it because servers in Hanoi restaurants would often try to take my mam tom (Vietnamese shrimp paste) away. I always had to wrestle it baông xã from them. I’m Asian dammit! I lượt thích the funky stuff! Ha!
One of the best and most surprising things about chicken rice is how soft & tender the shredded chicken pieces are. You can almost taste its juiciness just by looking at this picture. The poaching process makes it super tender và incredibly tasty.
Com Ga Hien isn’t located in the ancient town so you won’t find as many tourists here. As expected, this restaurant is exceedingly popular with locals so feel free to lớn ignore the fact that it was my least favorite of the three. As described, taste is subjective and locals always know best. Perhaps this really is how com ga is supposed khổng lồ be.
Address: 593 Hai Ba Trung, Minh An, Hoi An 560000, VietnamOperating Hours: 6-8:30PM, dailyWhat khổng lồ Order: Com gaWhat We Paid: VND 40,000 per order of com ga
This was the best com ga I had in Hoi An. Com Ga Ba Buoi was terrific but Long Com Ga gets the nod based on serving kích cỡ, amount and variety of offal, và overall flavor. Just look at all that delicious offal and congealed blood on the plate. There’s even more in the soup.
Long Com Ga’s version had perfectly cooked rice – soft và fluffy without being greasy – và the best balance of flavors and textures. On top of all the offal, they give you an immature chicken egg as well. Immature eggs are unlaid eggs which are harvested after the chicken is slaughtered. If you’ve never had it, it’s like a smooth, somewhat rubbery hard-boiled egg yolk.
Feast your eyes on that juicy piece of chicken and cube of congealed blood! This was the first com ga restaurant I visited và the first bite made me regret not having it in 2017. What were we thinking?!
I was in chicken rice heaven the whole time I was eating this plate of com ga. The fluffiness of the rice, the softness of the chicken, the crunch of the onions, the snap of the offal, the freshness of the herbs – everything was just perfect.
I wasn’t exaggerating when I said they give sầu you even more offal in the soup. This small bowl of tasty chicken broth was swimming in offal. I’m not sure what organs these bits were from (gizzard, intestines?) but they were delicious và tasted very clean. Some had a mushroom-lượt thích softness lượt thích the congealed blood while others had more crunch & snap, like gizzard.
Long Com Ga is hidden in an alley in the ancient town so it’s easy to miss. It’s definitely worth seeking out so you can refer khổng lồ the maps at the bottom of this article lớn see exactly where it is. You won’t want khổng lồ miss their com ga.
Address: 16 Phan Chu Trinc, Phường Minc An, Hoi An, Quảng Nam, VietnamOperating Hours: 11AM-10PM, dailyWhat to lớn Order: Com gaWhat We Paid: VND 35,000 per com ga
Cao vệ sinh is the third dish that forms the holy trinity of Hoi An’s must-eats. It’s a rice noodle dish topped with cha siu pork, fresh herbs, bean sprouts, rice crackers, and deep-fried squares of pork skin. What makes cao vệ sinh a quintessential Hoi An dish are the noodles. Or more specifically, the water used to lớn make them.
To create authentic cao lau, the water must be drawn from an ancient Cham mê well called the Ba Le Well. Wood ash from trees that grow on Cmê say Islvà is mixed with the well’s alkaline water to lớn create a lye solution used khổng lồ pre-soak the noodles.
This unique lye solution is what gives cao lầu noodles its distinctive sầu yellow tinge & chewier texture. After soaking in the solution, the noodles are then smoked over an ash-burning furnace khổng lồ give sầu them a smoky flavor.
Needless to say, authentic cao lau needs lớn be enjoyed in Hoi An. You’ll find cao lau restaurants everywhere in town, but these next five are among mỏi the most recommended. Honestly, it was hard to piông chồng a favorite because they were all delicious.
It was tough to choose, but this was probably the best cao vệ sinh I had in Hoi An. As described, they were all good so I’m basing that more on overall experience and value for money. The cao vệ sinh portions at the Khong Gian Xanh restaurant seemed bigger than the rest, with thicker & fattier cuts of roast pork.
Here’s a closer look at the fatty slices of roast pork & those deliciously chewy cao vệ sinh noodles. Chewy, crunchy, soft, smokey, fatty – the contrast in taste and texture in a bowl of cao vệ sinh noodles is to lớn die for.
Aside from its value, I enjoyed the ambiance at Cao Lau Khong Gian Xanh as well. It’s located in a busy alley in the ancient town but it’s easy to lớn miss. We walked by it many times in 2017 without giving it a second glance. It’s a simple restaurant set within a semi-open space with lots of trees và paper lanterns.
Address: 687 Hai Bà Trưng, Phường Minh An, Hoi An, Quảng Nam, VietnamOperating Hours: 9:30AM-9PM, dailyWhat to lớn Order: Cao lauWhat We Paid: VND 35,000 per bowl of cao lau
Like Com Ga Hien, I think Cao Lau Tkhô cứng is one of those very local restaurants that stays open only until its food runs out.
I went to this restaurant twice, the first time around noon but the place was already closed. I’m not sure if they were just closed that day or had already run out of food, but I made sure khổng lồ come baông chồng the following morning when they opened at 7AM.
The restaurant was already teeming with locals by then but thankfully, I was able to lớn score this beautiful bowl of cao vệ sinh.
This restaurant only serves cao vệ sinh so you know they make it well. But as delicious as it was, it had this funky, somewhat off-putting fishy taste that I didn’t lượt thích. I couldn’t put my finger on it then but I’d later find out that the fishy taste was from an herb called fish wort. It’s one of many fresh herbs often served as a side lớn Vietnamese dishes.
Also known as fish leaf or fish mint, it’s a pungent herb that tastes similar lớn what it’s named after – fish. Just be aware of it should you get a taste of something herby & fishy in your cao vệ sinh or in any other dish in Vietphái nam.
Cao Lau Thanh is little more than a street food cart with metal tables & stools in a garage-type restaurant. They open at 7AM so come early if you can.
Address: 26 Thái Phiên, Phường Minc An, Hoi An, Quảng Nam, VietnamOperating Hours: 7AM-7PM, dailyWhat to lớn Order: Cao lauWhat We Paid: VND 30,000 per bowl of cao lau
Morning Glory is the nicest restaurant on this các mục. Located in a prime spot in the heart of the ancient town, it’s one of the most popular restaurants in Hoi An. It’s owned by celebrity chef, restaurateur, & cookbook author Ms. Trinh Diem Vy who’s credited for creating the cooking course that launched all Hoi An cooking schools.
We ate here in 2017 và had two Vietnamese dishes, the first being this beautiful bowl of cao lau. It was absolutely delicious and one of the best versions of cao lau I’ve sầu had in Hoi An.
However, it’s also very expensive sầu, more than double the price of any other restaurant on this danh mục. Morning Glory is a more upscale restaurant in a prime spot so you aren’t just paying for cao vệ sinh, you’re also paying for the ambiance.
Morning Glory is known for many Vietnamese dishes, not just cao vệ sinh, so you may want khổng lồ eat here if you’re looking for a nicer restaurant in Hoi An.
The second dish we ordered was banh xeo, a crispy crepe made with fried rice flour batter filled with pork belly, shrimp, và bean sprouts. Its name literally means “sizzling cake” because of the sound it makes when the rice batter is poured inlớn the hot skillet.
To eat, you wrap pieces of banh xeo with fresh greens in rice paper before dipping into lớn the nuoc mam sauce (Vietnamese fish sauce). Crunchy, savory, sweet, và tasting of fresh herbs, banh xeo is another popular dish và a must-try in Hoi An. It was one of the Vietnamese dishes we learned to make at Thuan Tinh Islvà Cooking School.
I was a little apprehensive sầu when I first saw Morning Glory. It looked like the type of restaurant we try to lớn avoid on trips. It’s in a big beautiful heritage house right in the heart of a tourist hotspot.
That usually meant two things: A) it’s pricey; và B) the restaurant caters to lớn tourists so the food isn’t authentic. I’m not an expert but in my opinion, only the first is true.
When I was taking pictures of the restaurant’s interior, I rethành viên thinking that it looked lượt thích the venue for a cooking school. As it turns out, it was. This space was once trang chính to Ms. Vy’s pioneering Morning Glory Cooking School which has since relocated lớn An Hoi islet.
Address: 106 Nguyễn Thái Học, Phường Minch An, Hoi An, Quảng Nam, VietnamOperating Hours: 10AM-11PM, dailyWhat to lớn Order: Cao lau, banh xeoWhat We Paid: About VND 75,000 per entree
Quan An Ty Ty is another of those hidden in plain slight restaurants. Located at the end of an alley in the ancient town, they’re known for a few dishes including cao vệ sinh.
The cao vệ sinh at Quan An Ty Ty was good but the slices of phụ thân siu pork seemed thinner và not as fatty as the other restaurants. Not the best I had but still a solid bowl of cao lau.
Quan An Ty Ty is located at the end of this alley. With all the more prominent restaurants & cafes in the ancient town, it’s easy khổng lồ walk by it without noticing it’s even there, which may be a good thing for people looking for a quieter, less touristy dining experience.
Address: 17/6 Hai Bà Trưng, Phường Minch An, Ninh Kiều, Hoi An, VietnamOperating Hours: 8AM-11PM, dailyWhat to lớn Order: Cao lauWhat We Paid: VND 30,000 per bowl of cao lau
If you’re feeling adventurous and want khổng lồ go beyond the ancient town, then you may want to lớn check out this restaurant. Located about 2.5 km west of the ancient town, My Quang Bich is a restaurant known for their cao lau and mi quang.
We borrowed bicycles from our hotel & rode out khổng lồ this restaurant one afternoon khổng lồ try both. They were terrific và well worth the effort.
The owner of the restaurant seemed genuinely thrilled khổng lồ have sầu foreigners eating at his place. Because of its location, I don’t imagine it getting a lot of foreign tourists. He couldn’t speak any English so he took out his Máy tính bảng iPad và proudly showed us all the positive Review he’s received on TripAdvisor và Google. Well deserved!
It’s nice to get out of the ancient town once in a while so if you can rent a bicycle, then you may want to lớn enjoy a meal at My Quang Bich. The restaurant fronts the river making it a pleasant place khổng lồ have lunch. Being so far away from the touristy areas of Hoi An, you know this restaurant is the real giảm giá khuyến mãi.
Address: 272 Hùng Vương, Thanh hao Hà, Hoi An, Quảng Nam, VietnamOperating Hours: 6:30-8PM, Mon-Sat / 6:30-8:30PM, SunWhat to lớn Order: Cao vệ sinh, mi quangWhat We Paid: VND 35,000 per bowl of cao lau or mày quang
Mi quang seems as ubiquitous in Hoi An as cao lau. In fact, every restaurant specializing in cao lau seems to lớn offer mày quang đãng as well. One could argue that mày quang is another must-try dish in Hoi An.
The reason I don’t give mày quang as much weight as the previous three is because it’s a dish that’s more closely associated with nearby Da Nang. It’s my belief that it’s best to have sầu a dish at the source which is why I think the best ngươi quang quẻ will probably be in Da Nang, not Hoi An.
Nonetheless, ngươi quang is popular enough and Da Nang near enough that the mi quang quẻ in Hoi An probably doesn’t lag far behind, if at all. If you aren’t making a stop in Da Nang, then it’s a dish you should definitely have sầu in Hoi An.
Mi quang quẻ is a noodle dish that’s slightly soupier than cao vệ sinh and made with a wider type of rice noodle. Its broth is made by simmering meat (typically chicken or pork) in water or bone broth before seasoning with fish sauce, black pepper, shallots, and a pungent, garlic-type vegetable known as cu nen. This produces a concentrated broth that’s ladled about 1-2 centimet deep inlớn a bowl of rice noodles topped with pork, shrimp, or chicken.
Aside from the proteins, a host of other ingredients are added lượt thích hard-boiled egg, peanuts, rice cracker, & fresh herbs. Toppings may vary from restaurant to restaurant but it’s said that lemon or lime, green chili, peanuts, and rice cracker must be present for a mày quang to lớn be considered authentic.
As you can tell from its name, My Quang Bich is just as known for its mày quang as it is for its cao vệ sinh. We had both when we went and while I preferred cao lau, Ren enjoyed ngươi quang quẻ more. Both are excellent Vietnamese dishes so it’s really a matter of personal preference.
Like cao vệ sinh, ngươi quang đãng noodles are nice and chewy. They seem lớn be served with more fresh herbs so it feels lượt thích you’re having noodle soup & a salad all at once.
Pho Xua is another popular restaurant in the ancient town. Like the Morning Glory restaurant, it doesn’t specialize in any one dish but is instead known for many Vietnamese dishes like nem ran, fried wontons, and mày quang. If you’re looking for a highly-regarded restaurant with a wider menu, then Pho Xua is a great place to lớn go.
Pictured below is their version of mày quang topped with shredded chicken, crushed peanuts, fried shallots, and banh da nuong which is grilled rice paper with sesame seeds.
Delicious chewy mày quang quẻ noodles with fresh herbs and chili in a robust, flavorful broth. There are many reasons lớn visit Hoi An, none more enticing perhaps than its regional Vietnamese food.
Pho Xua is a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awardee that maintains a stellar 4.5-star rating even after over a thousvà nhận xét. If you want to try many different things in one restaurant, then this is a good place to lớn go in Hoi An.
Address: 35 Phan Chu Trinh, Phường Minh An, Hoi An, Quảng Nam, VietnamOperating Hours: 10AM-8:45PM, dailyWhat khổng lồ Order: Mi quangWhat We Paid: VND 35,000 per bowl of ngươi quang
This was the best bowl of mày quang đãng I had in Hoi An. Ong Hai serves just two dishes – cao lau and mi quang quẻ – but we had just finished a bowl of cao lau at Morning Glory so we only tried the ngươi quang đãng here. As delicious as it turned out khổng lồ be, I wish we had tried the cao vệ sinh as well.
Ong Hai tops their ngươi quang with shrimp, roasted peanuts, keropek, quail egg, & slices of roast pork. Do you see those orange bits? I’m not sure what they were but they packed loads of flavor và would stain the rice noodles orange. Shrimp paste with garlic perhaps? I don’t know but it was delicious.
See what I mean? Mix up all the ingredients và your ngươi quang đãng noodles turn inkhổng lồ this tasty shade of orange. I prefer cao vệ sinh but looking at this picture is making me yearn for this bowl of ngươi quang đãng all over again.
Ong Hai is located just outside the ancient town. Do give them a try if you’re looking for some of the best ngươi quang đãng in Hoi An.
Address: 6A Trương Minh Lượng, Cẩm Châu, Hoi An, Quảng Nam 560000, VietnamOperating Hours: 11AM-10PM, dailyWhat lớn Order: Mi quangWhat We Paid: VND 35,000 per bowl of mày quang
The Vietnamese dishes above may be the most important but there are plenty of other interesting things to eat in Hoi An. Be sure to try some of these restaurants & dishes as well.
This restaurant was recommended khổng lồ us by our My Son Sanctuary tour guide. He got excited after we started swapping stories about Vietnamese food so he took us here after our tour.
Ba Quyt specializes in a tasty dish called banh canh. Meaning “soup cake”, it’s a soup dish with thiông xã noodles made from either tapioca flour or a mixture of rice và tapioca flour. The “cake” refers to lớn the thiông chồng sheet of uncooked dough from which the noodles are cut.
Depending on its ingredients, there are many types of banh canh, but I believe sầu the one we had was banh canh thân phụ ca, which is a version made with pork and fish cake. It was delicious and it quickly became one of my favorite types of Vietnamese noodle soup.
One of the reasons I enjoyed banh canh so much is because I prefer thicker, chewier noodles. These noodles are very similar to Japanese udon. The fish cakes và thân phụ lua (Vietnamese pork sausage) were nice & springy và the broth was intensely flavorful.
We were supposed lớn nội dung just one bowl but after Ren took a bite & passed it on to me, she never got it bachồng so she had khổng lồ order another one. Ha! I pretty much smashed my face into lớn this bowl of noodle soup.
Banh Canh Ba Quyt is little more than a few foldable tables & chairs in a dark alley so it’s easy khổng lồ miss. We probably walked by this restaurant dozens of times without noticing it.
Address: 2B Phan Châu Trinch, Minh An, tp. Hoi An, Quảng Nam, VietnamOperating Hours: 6:30AM-9:30PM, dailyWhat khổng lồ Order: Banh canhWhat We Paid: VND 35,000 per bowl of banh canh
White Rose Restaurant is a Hoi An institution. They’re known for a dish which they invented & popularized called trắng rose dumplings (banh bao banh vac). It’s just one of two dishes they offer on their menu. Like cao vệ sinh & ngươi quang đãng, Trắng rose dumplings are chất lượng to the region và another must-try in Hoi An.
As you can see below, Trắng rose dumplings are made with translucent white dough filled with spiced minced shrimp or pork that’s been bunched up to resemble flowers, hence the English name. They’re topped with crispy fried shallots và served with a special dipping sauce made with shrimp broth, chilies, lemon, and sugar.
When you take a bite, the first thing you’ll notice is the firmer và chewier skin. I read that the dough for Trắng rose dumplings is made with water drawn from the Ba Le well. It’s the same alkaline water used to make cao lau noodles so that may have sầu something to lớn vày with its chewier texture. The water is filtered và purified 15-20 times before being mixed with the rice paste khổng lồ khung the airy dough.
The second dish they offer are these fried wontons aka “Hoi An pizza”. They’re large tortilla-shaped wontons topped with shrimp, vegetables, herbs, và a tomato sauce. The wontons are crisp but very light and the sauce tomatoe-y, tangy, and a little sweet. They’re good, though not as interesting perhaps as the trắng rose dumplings.
White Rose Restaurant is about a 10-15 minute walk from the ancient town. However, white rose dumplings are available in other restaurants as well, even at the prepared Vietnamese food stalls inside the central market.
When I first saw them at the market, I assumed they were knockoffs at first but nearly all White rose dumplings sold in Hoi An are actually supplied by this restaurant. It’s a top secret family recipe created by the grandfather of the restaurant’s present owner, Mr. Tran Tuan Ngai. It’s been passed down for three generations so no one outside the family knows how khổng lồ make them.
Address: 533 Hai Bà Trưng, Phường Cẩm Phổ, Hoi An, Quảng Nam, VietnamOperating Hours: 7AM-8:30PM, dailyWhat khổng lồ Order: White rose dumplings, fried wontonsWhat We Paid: VND 70,000 for Trắng rose dumplings, VND 100,000 for fried wontons
Bale Well is one of Hoi An’s most famous restaurants. They’re known for these all-you-can-eat spreads featuring skewered barbecued meat, phụ vương gio (spring rolls), banh xeo, and vegetables. We weren’t sure what khổng lồ make of this restaurant at first because people seemed to either love sầu it or hate it based on their Review. After eating here, I finally understood why.
Within minutes of sitting down, this deluge of food came rushing lớn our table. There’s no ala carte menu here. Everyone eats the same thing.
Some people didn’t seem to mind the restaurant’s aggressiveness but others hated it. I can’t say I blame them because they were practically shoving food down your throat. It was almost like they wanted khổng lồ get that first bite of food inkhổng lồ your mouth so you didn’t have sầu time lớn change your mind and leave sầu.
It was a little off-putting, & had we not expected it, I probably would have sầu been bothered by it too.
On the positive side, this restaurant does serve you a LOT of food. Just look at that spread!
They give sầu you so much khổng lồ begin with already but if for some reason this initial serving isn’t enough, then you can still ask for more. You’ll get two types of skewered pork – nem nuong (grilled pork meatballs) & thịt nuong (grilled pork).
Soon as all the components have sầu been laid out on your table, your VPS will start assembling one khổng lồ show you how it’s done.
You take a stiông xã of pork và spring roll and put it on a sheet of Vietnamese rice paper. You then top it with fresh greens & a few spoonfuls of sauce before rolling it up khổng lồ eat. You basically eat it in the same way that you would banh xeo.
To be honest, the food at this restaurant isn’t great. Much of it actually seemed lượt thích it had been precooked và sitting out for some time waiting for customers. The unique of the food is average but they vày give sầu you great value for your money.
If you’re a big eater and aren’t overly concerned about finding the best, then you’re going to lớn enjoy Bale Well restaurant.
Bale Well Restaurant is tucked away in an alley off Phan Chau Trinh so it can be hard to find. But if you’re anywhere near this alley, then chances are you’ll spot barkers trying khổng lồ get people khổng lồ eat at this restaurant. That aggression is largely what fuels the negative sầu Review.
Address: 45 Ngõ 51 Trần Hưng Đạo, Phường Minc An, Hoi An, Quảng Nam 550000, VietnamOperating Hours: 10:30AM-10PM, dailyWhat to lớn Order: Set menuWhat We Paid: VND 1đôi mươi,000 per person
This is perhaps the most polarizing dish on this menu. Bun dau mam tom is a platter of bunched up rice noodles, deep-fried tofu, sliced cucumber, & fresh herbs. If you get the version with meat, then you can expect things lượt thích fish balls and steamed pork as well. Seems innocuous enough right?
What makes bun dau mam tom off-putting for many is the dipping sauce. Known as mam tom, it’s a sauce made with finely crushed shrimp or krill that’s been fermented for weeks.
We’re used to lớn the sauce’s flavor because we have sầu something similar in the Philippines called bagoong, but if you aren’t as adventurous with food or have sầu a sensitive sầu nose, then you may want to skip this one. It’s EXTREMELY pungent.
If you’re afraid of the mam tom, then perhaps you can enjoy the rice noodles và other components on their own. I vì chưng suggest giving it a try though because I’m pretty sure you’ve never had anything that tastes quite lượt thích it.
Mam tom is definitely an acquired taste, even for some locals. But once you develop a taste for it, then it’s something you’ll look for again and again.
If you’re feeling daring in Hoi An and want to try bun dau mam tom, then you can bởi vì so at Quan Dau Bac.
Address: 71 Dao Duy Tu, Cam Pho Ward, Hoi An 560000, VietnamOperating Hours: 2-10PM, dailyWhat lớn Order: Bun dau mam tomWhat We Paid: VND 40,000 for bun dau mam tom with meat (1 person)
This open-air BBQ and hot pot restaurant was near my khách sạn. I’d walk by it every night & get a whiff of the delicious smells wafting from everyone’s tableside grills. Even with a full stomach, it would make me stop and look at the menu, planning on when I could fit this in lớn my already full Vietnamese food itinerary.
I decided to eat here on my last night in Hoi An. Moi offers hot pot và BBQ. I had been enticed to lớn this restaurant by the smells of meat & seafood cooking on charcoal grills so I went with the BBQ.
I asked my hệ thống for recommendations and I whittled down her suggestions lớn this platter of seafood, enoki mushrooms wrapped in beef, và an appetizer of stir-fried water spinach.
The seafood platter I chose had squid, octopus, và shrimp. They were fresh và swimming in a tasty, mildly spicy marinade.
The seafood was nice but the beef-wrapped enoki mushrooms were great. I think they use the same marinade for all their grilled dishes.
The few dishes I had were good but what I really liked about Moi was the environment. It was fun sitting outside and grilling my own food while drinking bottle after bottle of Vietnamese beer.
Grilled food makes for great bar chow so if you’re traveling to lớn Hoi An in a group, then this is a great restaurant to have sầu dinner and a few drinks.
Moi seems to be very popular with the locals. It was packed with people every night I walked by. It was loud & everyone looked like they were having fun. The restaurant isn’t in a touristy part of town so you won’t find many foreigners here.
Address: 55 18 Tháng 8, Phường Minh An, Hoi An, Quảng Nam, VietnamOperating Hours: 3:30-11PM, dailyWhat to Order: BBQ, hot potWhat We Paid: Starts at VND 65,000 per BBQ dish
Ren & I spent a day exploring Cam Nam Isl&. You can get there on foot or by bicycle via Cam Nam Bridge which is near the central market. We wanted to have sầu lunch on the island và our retìm kiếm led us khổng lồ this restaurant – Quan Ben Tre. They offer a few Hoi An specialties like cao vệ sinh, banh dap, và hen tron.
Pictured below is the hen tron which is a minced baby clam salad. Clams are boiled then fried with different vegetables and other ingredients like onion, pepper, chili, ginger, and peanuts. They’re typically served with rice crackers that are used to lớn ladle the dish in bite-sized portions.
Hen or baby clams seems lớn be a popular food thành tích in central Vietphái mạnh as I often had it in Hue as well.
This is banh dap or smashing rice paper. I wondered why it’s called “smashing rice paper”, but then our VPS answered that question for me without saying a word.
After setting it down on our table, he made it crachồng by pressing down on it with his open palm. It wasn’t a faint crack either. It was a surprisingly loud audible CRACK!
Sandwiched between two sheets of crisp rice cracker is a sticky, steamed rice pancake. The dish is called “smashing rice paper” because you need to lớn press down on the layers to bind them together, which is what our server did. You then break pieces off khổng lồ eat. Crunchy, chewy, & a little sweet, I really enjoyed its taste & texture.
You’re meant lớn eat the hen tron with plain rice crackers but I wanted khổng lồ try it with the banh dap. I topped a piece with some hen tron, chili, & fish sauce. They went very well together. The clams were briny and paired nicely with the sweet, gooey, crunchy rice cracker.
From Hoi An’s central market, it took us about half an hour lớn walk to Quan Ben Tre. Cam Nam Isl& is a great place khổng lồ explore on bicycle so if you have sầu access to a bike, then it’s best to lớn ride to lớn the restaurant instead.
Address: Xuyen Trung, Cam Nam, Hoi An, VietnamOperating Hours: 8AM-10PM, dailyWhat to Order: Hen tron, banh dapWhat We Paid: VND 70,000 for hen tron and banh dap
Aunt Bay is a street food vendor who sells just one thing – banh beo. It refers lớn small steamed rice cakes topped with savory ingredients lượt thích dried or fresh shrimp, scallions, roasted peanuts, mung bean paste, fried shallots, và fish sauce. Though more commonly associated with Hue, you can find them in Hoi An as well.
I was excited khổng lồ try banh beo because they sounded similar lớn Singaporean chwee kueh. Like chwee kueh, they were soft and silky and loaded with umangươi, though not as intensely flavorful. They’re interesting and very tasty and another dish you should definitely have in Hoi An if you don’t plan on going to Hue.
Toppings can vary and Aunt Bay tops hers with an orange shrimp-and-pork-based sauce containing bits of local river shrimp, fried shallots, chopped chilies, và deep-fried cao lau noodles. Yum!
There are several street food vendors in Hoi An known for their banh beo. Aunt Bay’s stall is located at the corner of the old wall on Hoàng Văn Thụ. She sets up và starts selling her banh beo at around 3PM. Just look for this nice lady & her sign against the orange wall that reads “Ba Bay, Banh Beo, Banh Nam”.
Address: Corner of the old wall on Hoàng Văn Thụ, Hoi An, VietnamOperating Hours: Starts at around 3PMWhat khổng lồ Order: Banh beoWhat We Paid: VND 15,000 for three small plates of banh beo
To help you find these street food stalls and restaurants in Hoi An, I’ve sầu pinned them all on this map. Click on the links to open a live version of the map in a new window.
This Hoi An food guide started with nine restaurants but it’s more than doubled to twenty. I’m proud of this danh sách but I still don’t feel I’ve sầu delved deeply enough inlớn Hoi An’s cuisine which is one of the most colorful và delicious in Vietphái mạnh. I feel there’s still so much good Vietnamese food khổng lồ be discovered here so we’ll definitely be back.
If you’re traveling to Hoi An và it’s important for you to find the best local food experiences, then I hope this Vietnamese food guide puts you on the right track.
Thanks for reading và have an amazing time exploring the many delicious restaurants in Hoi An!
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