Trying food is one of the most exciting aspects of visiting Hoi An Old Town. So, Where to eat in Hoi An?
1. Nhà hàng Hoa Hồng Trắng (White Rose Restaurant)
White Rose Restaurant is known for a dish which they invented with the secret recipe and popularized called white rose dumplings. White Rose dumplings are a specialty that must be eat in Hoi An and cannot find them anywhere else. They only have 2 options on their menu: white rose dumplings and fried dumplings.
( White Rose Restaurant – Where to eat in Hoi An Vietnam)
White rose dumplings must be made with water from the Ba Le Well. It is made with translucent white dough filled with spiced minced shrimp or pork. It is served with a special dipping sauce made with shrimp broth, chilies, lemon, and sugar. These fried dumplings were incredibly light and crispy with a little sogginess on the top. The tomato sauce is very simple and usually contains pineapple.
The people were just making food in the back, so you know it’s going to fresh, but I thought it’s supposed to be a secret recipe. Very cool! Just pick between an unbruised wallet and a full stomach though.
Address: 533 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Viet Nam.
Operating Hours: 7.30 AM – 9 PM.
Expect to pay: 70.000 VND per order of white rose dumplings.
2. Bánh Mì Phượng (Phuong`s Bread)
It is no coincidence that “Banh Mi Phuong” was voted as “The best Bread in Viet Nam”. Bread contains pâté, pickled vegetables, cucumbers and meat with by a little sauce. Before guests call, bread must always be kept hot and crunchy. The bread is so crunchy on the outside and cloud-like on the inside. It opens from 6:30 AM until 9:30 PM every day and almost always crowded.
( Phuong`s Bread – Where to eat in Hoi An Vietnam)
Address: 2B Phan Chau Trinh Street, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Viet Nam
Operating Hours: 6:30 AM – 9:30 PM.
Expect to Pay: 25.000 VND per Banh Mi.
3. Quán ăn Hai (Mr. Hai Restaurant)
Mr. Hai Restaurant is known for both dishes: “Cao Lau” and “Mi Quang”. “Cao Lau” is delicious and reasonably priced! It made with rice flour noodles, cha siu pork served with local greens. Those squares of fried pork skin are awesome. In this restaurant, “Mi Quang” is very good. It is topped with shrimp, pork, hard-boiled egg, peanuts, rice cracker, and fresh greens. The noodles were nice and chewy. Its broth is made by bone broth before seasoning with fish sauce, shallots, black pepper,… I thought they were equally delicious.
Address: 6A Truong Minh Luong Street, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Viet Nam.
Operating Hours: 9 AM – 10 PM .
Expect to Pay: 35.000 VND for one order of “Mi Quang”.
4. Bà Bảy (Aunt Bay`s Banh Beo)
“Banh Beo” means “water fern cake”. It is very simple as its name suggests but very delicious. It is usually placed in small cups with rice flour, tapioca flour, stuffing (from shrimp and pork ground) and topped with fried onion and fish sauce. Make sure that, you will probably enjoy a few dozen bowls.
Aunt Bay`s Banh Beo is the best “Banh Beo” restaurants that you should eat in Hoi An on the sidewalk. It is located at the corner of the old wall on Hoang Van Thu Street. You can find “Aunt Bay” by her sign against the orange wall that reads “Ba Bay, Banh Beo, Banh Nam”.
Address: Corner of the old wall on Hoang Van Thu Street, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Viet Nam.
Operating Hours: Starts at around 3PM.
Expect to Pay: 15.000 VND per order of “Banh Beo”.
5. Quán ăn Bến Tre ( Ben Tre Restaurant)
Ben Tre Restaurant is located on Cam Nam Island. This restaurant offered both dishes to eat in Hoi An: “Banh Dap” (smashing rice paper) and “Hen Xao” (minced clams).
Clams are boiled and then fried with herb, spring onion, chili, ginger, pepper, sugar water and peanuts. “Banh Dap” is a very interesting dish. It usually comes with two pieces – crispy and wet rice paper. You must be set it down on the table and made it crack by smashing it. Two dishes are a specialty specific to Cam Nam and definitely worth visiting the island for.
Address: Xuyen Trung, Cam Nam, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Viet Nam.
Operating Hours: 8AM-10PM, daily.
Expect to Pay: 70.000 VND for the two dishes above.
6. Chợ Hội An ( The Central Market)
Hoi An Central Market is the easiest place to sample the town’s delicious culinary specialties. It is an excellent place to sample some of Hoi An’s delicious specialties as well as a good range of other Vietnamese favourites like Com Ga, Cao Lau, Mi Quang, Banh Mi, Banh Xeo,….
Address: Nguyen Hue Street and Tran Phu Street on the Thu Bon River
Operating Hours: daily from 06:30
Expect to Pay: 30 – 50.000 VND a dish depending on serving size
7. Com Ga Ba Nga (Nga Chicken Rice)
Com Ga Ba Nga is one of the oldest eateries in Hoi An Old Town. It only serves Hoi An chicken rice. It will be served with rice on one side of the plate, chicken on top of the rice and the vegetable on the other side. This is a classic Vietnamese eatery used by locals & a few non-locals for a good meal.
Address: 8 Phan Chau Trinh Street, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
Expect to Pay: 40 – 70.000 VND per Com Ga
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