Hoi An ancient town – a strip of land hugging the banks of the soft Hoai River, has long been a bustling trade and trade connection. Unlike Hue’s dream, Hue’s dream, Hoi An causes nostalgia for its bustling but very loving and fluttering features. Not only by the wooden houses with old architecture creaking through the passage of time but Hoi An cuisine also preserves the most beautiful quintessence of a place of kings and queens. With just under 30,000 VND in the dining budget, let’s discover what special flavors Hoi An street food will bring to you.
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- 1. Thanh Cao Lau
- 2. Pancakes “Ba Le Well”
- 3. Hoi An bread – Banh My Hoi An
- 4. Water fern cake – Banh Beo
- 5. Xi Ma – black sesame soup
- 6. Hoi An Tofu
- 7. Hoi An Mango Cake
- 8. Hoi An grilled pork wrapped in rice paper with vegetable
- Hoi An street food video
1. Thanh Cao Lau
- Address: 26 Thai Phien
- Price: 20,000 – 25,000 VND.
This is the most famous dish of Hoi An. In other words, to call Cao Lau by the name “Hoi An dish” literally means. Little is known about Cao Lau not because it’s not delicious, but because this delicacy is strangely humble for two reasons.
First, it chooses not to associate with other cuisines outside the land, but only eating in Hoi An is the only way to feel its true flavor. Because this dish is best when the flour is soaked with black ash water from Cu Lao Cham and the water for making rice must be the water of Ba Le well. Thus, the large, quintessential Cao Lau noodles are flexible, dry, and mildly sweet. Second, unlike its delicate and beautiful name, Cao Lau is actually a local dish that merchants use in high floor shops to conveniently observe their goods below.
Thanh Cao Lau is a small, simple restaurant, sitting on benches like a popular rice restaurant. However, this is famous for selling the best Cao Lau food in Hoi An. A full bowl of Cao Lau with large, light yellow, supple noodles with thick and shiny pork fat, crispy with a little bit of fried fat. A delicious dish when served with raw vegetables from Tra Que traditional vegetable village. Quan Thanh Cao Lau serves with prices ranging from 20 – 25,000 VND for a bowl.
Famous Cao Lau Hoi An addresses with the same price
- Cao Lau Ba Be: In the Hoi An market
- Cao Lau Trung Bac: 87 Tran Phu, Hoi An city
- Cao Lau Hat: Side walk Hoi An market (only night)
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2. Pancakes “Ba Le Well”
- Address: 45/51 Tran Hung Dao.
- Price: 10,000 VND/piece.
Although it is not a typical dish of Hoi An street food, it is really regretful if you do not enjoy Ba Le Well pancakes. The season of Banh Xeo is around the last 3 months of the year when it’s cold and cool, hiding under the cozy kitchen porch. The special recipe with 1-0-2 of the sauce here is the most attractive when soy sauce is mixed with sesame, pork liver, peanut puree and then boiled, then mixed with a little rice flour and spices. With only 10,000 VND, this pancakes recipe without fish sauce will surprise you.
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3. Hoi An bread – Banh My Hoi An
- Address: 2B Phan Chu Trinh.
- Price: 10,000 – 20,000 VND.
Banh mi Phuong entered the top “best banh mi in Vietnam”, becoming the most sought-after bread dish among international friends. For the past 20 years, Ms. Phuong, the owner of the shop, has served the best banh mi according to Travelfish magazine. The batch of bread is always hot, crispy, and golden at the beginning of the day, with fragrant fatty pate, fresh ham, and tiny meat that melts quickly in the mouth. This wonderful combination is respectfully referred to by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain as “sandwich harmony”.
The equally famous bread address
- Madame Khanh bread: 115 Tran Cao Van street.
4. Water fern cake – Banh Beo
- Address: 77 Phan Dinh Phung
- Price: 5000 VND/1 bowl
In the list of attractive dishes of Hoi An cuisine, Banh Beo is also a familiar taste and is popular with locals. It sounds simple, but to make Hoi An’s famous Banh Beo requires a feat in processing and seasoned experience. Delicious Banh Beo must be pure white, soft, upright (sunken cake in the center) with a small vortex just enough to place shrimp paste with meat. Cakes are eaten with a young knife only in Hoi An.
5. Xi Ma – black sesame soup
- Address: Side walk on Nguyen Truong To street.
- Price: 6000 VND.
Xi Ma is a type of black sesame tea cooked with cassava flour and medicinal herbs, a nutritious rustic dish. The most delicious sausage in Hoi An must be from Mr. Thieu’s burden, which is considered a special specialty. During the past 70 years, his tea seems to be the childhood dish of all Hoi An children. People live a long way to remember the shadow of a quiet old man, with a bowl of toilets that are strangely sweet and fragrant, and footprints all over Hoi An.
Now, his descendants still continue the path of tea bowls into Hoi An cuisine, keeping the same price and still choosing for themselves a load of unnamed street vendors. The bowl of sweet and fragrant tea is not only because of the famous heirloom recipe but also by the touching story of keeping the job behind. If you want to eat, you have to come very early, because even though it is a load of goods without signs and toilets, Thieu is sold from the morning and gradually runs out at 7 am.
6. Hoi An Tofu
- Address: 135 Tran Phu
- Price: 10,000 VND
Tofu (tofu in sugar water) is a dish that keeps a part of Hoi An’s soul for itself. People often say “eat tofu to keep warm in the cold season”, but this dish is still chosen to cool off with more different variations. The sugar water here is cooked from pure molasses, with ginger and just a little rice flour. Tofu is eaten with clear, transparent pearls that melt right on the tip of the tongue of the diners. Mesmerizing and smooth like a young maiden of Hoi An.
7. Hoi An Mango Cake
- Address: arround market and old town
- Price: 10,000 VND
Hoi An Mango Cake is one of the specialty cakes, a long tradition of Hoi An. It’s called mango cake, but it’s not made from mango. It’s just that these cakes are small and pretty and look like mangoes.
Mango cake is a popular dessert in Vietnam, and Hoi An is known for its delicious versions of this dessert. To make mango cake, fresh ripe mangoes are pureed and mixed with glutinous rice flour, sugar, and coconut milk to create a smooth batter. The batter is then poured into small molds and steamed until cooked through.
In Hoi An, you can find many local bakeries and markets that sell mango cake, including Ba Buoi’s bakery, Hoi An Market, and Anh Tuyet Bakery. These places offer a variety of mango cake flavors, including plain mango, coconut mango, and pandan mango.
If you’re ever in Hoi An, be sure to try some mango cake for a sweet and tasty treat!
Mango cake has a pure white outer shell, faintly fragrant with the scent of new sticky rice, and the inside is usually a fragrant peanut filling. It’s not a flavor, but when you hold a mango cake in your hand, you can feel the sweetness of the sugar mixed with a little bit of sesame oil and a little spicy aroma with a hint of ginger. This is the special thing that creates the unforgettable taste of Hoi An mango cake.
8. Hoi An grilled pork wrapped in rice paper with vegetable
- Address: 74 Ba Trieu
- Price: 10,000 VND
In Hoi An’s barbecue, nothing can beat grilled meat wrapped in the wet cake. The grilled meat is chewy, fragrant and sweet wrapped in a hot, soft white wet cake, served with laksa leaves, Thai papaya with a peanut butter sauce. This snack has never ceased to be attractive to tourists and locals. Unfortunately, you will not be able to resist the charm and have a full stomach with this dish.
Hoi An street food video
From only 10,000 VND to 50,000 VND in your pocket, you can freely choose 1 or 2 special dishes that Hoi An has for you. Above is a complete summary of main dishes to snacks and refreshments of Hoi An street food, we hope you will have the most “tasty” experiences with this unique bustling trading land.