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Top 15 Street Foods in Hoi An You Should Give A Taste

June 21, 2021 - 1253 views

Hoi An is known not only for its old town, shops, ancient streets, and poetic sceneries. This place used to be a famous trading port in Vietnam for a while. A busy place to trade and boats back & forth. Therefore, Hoi An's cuisine is extremely rich and outstanding. Hoi An dishes are always loved by Vietnamese and foreign customers such as chicken rice, pancakes, sweet soup, bread, etc. This article will give you some useful information about the top 10 street food in Hoi An.

1. Banh mi Hoi An - bread

The first famous street food in Hoi An is Banh mi - Hoi An bread. Coming to Vietnam you can easily enjoy bread anywhere because this is a common folk dish every day with the life of Vietnamese people. This dish you can eat at any time of the day, breakfast, lunch, dinner, or late at night. This interesting dish is called "The best snacks in the world" by foreign tourists with an American name Miao.

Hoi An bread is characterized by a thin, not thick bread-like classic French bread. All pre-processing cakes are kept warm in a wooden cupboard compartment by the temperature of a charcoal stove.

The ingredients for making Hoi An bread are made naturally, without using the available materials, making it taste different from other types of bread.

Bread is plumped with meat, patties, pate, rich homemade sauces, and fresh green vegetables. All these ingredients create a very unique flavour for Hoi An bread. And if once you set foot in this old town and you did not enjoy a read, you would not feel all the beauty and culture of Hoi An ancient town. 

Here are some good places to taste bread:

  • Banh Mi Phuong: No 2B, Phan Chau Trinh Street, Hoi An City - Opening Hours: 06:30 am – 09:30 pm - Price: 0.50c - 1 USD
  • Queen's Hoi An bread: (Mrs. Khanh) No 115, Tran Cao Van Street, Hoi An City - Opening Hours: 07:00 am – 07:00 pm - Price: 0.85 USD 
  • Banh Mi Lanh: No 430, Cua Dai street, Hoi An City - Opening hours: 06:00 am – 09:30 pm - Price: 0.85 USD 

With prices from only 1 USD, you will get genuine Hoi An bread. Let's try this Hoi An street food.

Hoi An bread

Hoi An bread


2. Mi Quang - Quang seafood noodles

Mi Quang is a delicious dish of Quang that originated in Quang Nam province. It is also one of the well-known Hoi An street food. If you travel to Hoi An, you definitely cannot ignore this dish. Mi Quang is usually made from noodles with finely ground rice flour and coated in thin layers of bread, then sliced ​​horizontally to have thin noodles about 2mm. Wheat flour is mixed with some additives to make it crunch and tough. Under the noodles are raw vegetables, on the noodles, there are lean pork, shrimp, chicken with broth made from pork bones. People also add dried and crushed roasted peanuts, chopped scallions, herbs, red peppers, etc. Usually, the broth is very small, the broth is stewed from the sweet bone, often boiled eggs, meat Chicken, and rice crackers to eat with.

Let's see some famous places to have Mi Quang in Hoi An as below:

  • Mi Quang Ong Hai: 6A Truong Minh Luong Street, Hoi An City - Opening hours: 06:00 am - 10:00 pm - Price: 0.8 - 2 USD per bowl
  • Mi Quang Di Hat: No 4 Phan Chau Trinh Street, Hoi An City - Opening hours: 05:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Price: 0.8 - 1.3 USD per bowl
  • Mi Quang Ba Minh: Cam Ha, Hoi An City, Quang Nam (alongside Thu Bon River) - Opening hours: 07:00 am - 09:00 pm - Price: 1.3 - 2.5 USD per bowl

Mi Quang

Mi Quang - Quang seafood noodles


3. Cao Lau Hoi An - Pork rice noodle

What will be next in the list of top 10 Hoi An street food? The answer is Cao Lau Hoi An's specialty is probably nothing to replace Cao Lau, a dish dating back hundreds of years of this small old town.

Unlike promos, vermicelli, or wet buns, the Cao Lau string is tougher, has a dull yellow color, and often served with shrimp broth, meat, and raw vegetables. Although there are some similarities with Quang noodles, Cao Lau is more elaborately processed. In order for the noodles to be golden and delicious, the noodle makers must type the ash cooked from Cu Lao Cham soaked with new rice to produce the characteristic crispy, tough and dry noodles. The most famous of Hoi Hoi high floors is not as delicious and cheap as Cao Lau Ba Be. Although this outdoor sidewalk restaurant is only displayed in one corner of the market, it is the favorite high-rise dining spot of many customers.

If you don't know where to eat Cao Lau in Hoi An, here are some suggestions for you: 

  • Cao Lau Ba Be: At the beginning of Hoi An market - Opening hours: 02:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Price: 1 - 2 USD 
  • Cao Lau Thanh: No 26, Thai Phien Street, Hoi An City - Opening hours: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm - Price: 0.8 - 1.5 USD 
  • Cao Lau Khong Gian Xanh restaurant: 687 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoi An city - Opening hours: 09:30 am - 09:00 pm - Price: 1 - 5 USD

Cao Lau

Cao Lau Hoi An - Pork rice noodle


4. Banh Bao Banh Vac - White rose dumpling

Banh Bao Banh Vac originated from Hoi An. It is one of the popular dishes of local people here. Because it looks like a rose when being on the plate, the French decided White Rose Dumpling to be its English name. Banh Bao Banh Vac is sold at many food stalls and small vendors around Hoi An. There are two different dumplings but are served together on one plate with sauce. Banh Vac includes ingredients like shrimp, garlic, spring onion, lemongrass, and spices while Banh Bao is made of minced pork and mushrooms. These dumplings will be enjoyed with sweet dipping sauce. 

If you want to try the best Banh Bao Banh Vac in Hoi An, you should come to Mr. Tran Tuan Ngai's Restaurant - Address: No. 533 Hai Ba Trung street, ​​Hoi An City. Just with 3 dollars, you can enjoy a dish which is not only delicious but also beautiful. The restaurant opens at 07:00 am and closes at 08:30 pm.

Banh Bao Banh Vac

Banh Bao Banh Vac - White rose dumpling


5. Com ga Hoi An - Hoi An Chicken Rice

The next food listed in the top 10 Hoi An street food is Com Ga Hoi An - Hoi An Chicken Rice. Present from the 50s of the 20th century, Mrs. Hoi An's chicken rice, the most prominent is that of Mrs. Buoi rice, which seems to become a name associated with the development of Hoi An. Unlike the chicken rice pieces that are eaten in many other places, Mrs. Buoi's chicken rice is famous for backyard chickens. Chicken rice is cooked with many different rations and flavors like boiled chicken rice, shredded chicken rice, chicken heart, etc.

Com Ga is one of the famous Hoi An delicacies. The dish will make you nearly massage about the sophistication of the Hoi An, the rice is cooked soft, delicious, and extremely fragrant. Chicken is good, not as good as industrial chicken nor too chewy like old chicken breeds. Chickens are shredded with thin skin, fragrant meat with onion, fried onion, pepper salt, and laksa leaves. It is served with onions, sour papaya, coriander herbs, soy sauce, and chili sauce plus a heart, liver, and chicken soup. It is very delicious, the right taste for Hoi An. You have to enjoy the food here to understand how exquisite and meticulous the cuisine and life of Hoi An people. It is the cuisine here that contributes a big part in helping Hoi An tourism to become the brightest part in not only Vietnam but also in the hearts of international friends!

This is the list of some good places to try Com ga Hoi An: 

  • Com Ga Ba Buoi: No 26, Phan Chau Trinh street - Opening hours: 10:30 am - 08:00 pm - Average price: 2.5 - 3.5 USD per dish
  • Com Ga Ba Nga: No 08 Phan Chau Trinh Street, Hoi An city - Opening hours: 09:00 am - 09:30 pm - Average price: 1.5 - 2.5 USD per dish
  • Huong Com Ga: No 56 Le Loi Street, Hoi An City - Opening hours: 09:00 am - 09:30 pm - Average price: 1.2 - 2.5 USD per dish

Com Ga Hoi An

Com Ga Hoi An - Hoi An Chicken rice


6. Pho

Pho is often the first thing that comes to mind when Vietnamese food is mentioned. And of course, this is one of the most well-known dishes all over the world with fresh beef or chicken, white rice noodle, and the unique and flavorful broth that makes Pho so different from other noodle soups. So coming to the pho’s home country, no matter which place, foreigners will probably love to try this famous noodle soup. There are some really lovely places serving amazing Pho in Hoi An that we would like to suggest to you:

  • Pho Lien Restaurant: 4 La Hoi  – Business hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Price: 40,000 VND (1.75 USD)
  • Sen Viet Restaurant: 11 Tran Cao Van Business hours: 6:45 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. Price: 30,000 VND (1.30 USD)
  • Vy’s Market Restaurant:3 Nguyen Hoang  Business hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Price: 65,000 VND (2.80 USD)

Pho Hoi An

Pho Hoi An


7. Hoanh Thanh - Wonton

Hoanh Thanh is an attractive Hoi An food. Attracting thousands of visitors not only because of the delicious and unique taste but also Hoanh Thanh is also considered an indispensable specialty of the ancient town of Hoi An. It is processed in many ways but the most typical feature is the two wontons of water and dry wonton. If Hoanh Thanh is rich in water because the broth is skillfully processed, the diaphragm becomes dry, which attracts people by the crispy square bread. Enjoying Hoanh Thanh, you will feel a lot of interesting emotions when the sweetness of shrimp mixes in the lightness of the cake. When the sourness of tomatoes blends in with the taste of onions, it's hard to describe.

Hoanh Thanh

Hoanh Thanh - Wonton

Here are some places to enjoy Hoanh Thanh in Hoi An:

  • Anh Dung Hoanh Thanh Chien: No 14 Ba Trieu Street, Hoi An city - Opening hours: 07:00 am - 09:00 pm - Price: 1 - 1.5 USD
  • Vy Son Restaurant: 28 Nguyen Hue Street, Hoi An city - Opening hours: 08:00 am - 10:00 pm - Price: 2 - 5 USD 
  • Thanh Thanh Restaurant: 152 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An city - Opening hours: 07:00 am - 10:00 pm -  Price: 1.5 - 3 USD 


8. Banh Xeo - Pancake 

The main material for making pancakes is pure rice flour mixed with coconut milk and turmeric. There are also pork, shrimp, bean sprouts, steamed green beans, etc. The accompanying vegetables include lettuce, mustard greens, and herbs. The dipping sauce is mixed with delicious fish sauce, crushed garlic chili, lemon,  sugar, monosodium glutamate and radish, chopped carrots, and vinegar. Pancakes are often accompanied by the dipping sauce. The sauce is really what connects all flavors and textures together. It is something extremely special for Vietnam Pancake.

Banh Xeo

Banh Xeo - Pancake 

Here are some addresses for you to taste Banh Xeo in Hoi An:

  • Banh Xeo Quang Gieng Ba Le: 45/51 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hoi An city - Opening hours: 08:00 am - 10:00 pm - Price: 0.5 USD
  • Banh Xeo Hai Dao: 160 Ly Thai To street, Hoi An city - Opening hours: 07:00 am - 10:00 pm - Price: 1 - 2 USD 
  • Banh Xeo Hai Nam: 409 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoi An city - Opening hours: 07:00 am - 10:00 pm - Price: 0.5 - 1.5 USD


9. Banh Dap - Stir-fried mussel cake

Banh Dap, also known as Banh Chap, is a popular cake in the coastal provinces of Central Vietnam from Quang Nam to Khanh Hoa but it is still the famous street food in Hoi An.

"Dap" is understood simply as the cake must be beaten before eating. Banh Dap is a delicate combination of Banh Uot and baked rice paper. The half layer of Banh Uot is covered with grease, onion, green beans. Banh Dap is also served with shrimp, boiled pork, barbecue depending on the region.

Here are some places to eat Banh Dap in Hoi An: 

  • Banh Dap Hoi An: No 679 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoi An city - Price: 0.8 - 2.5 USD 
  • Banh Dap Ba Gia Hoi An: Cam Nam Ward, Hoi An city - Price: 1 - 2.5 USD 
  • Banh Dap Dung Van: Luong Nhu Bich Street, Cam Nam Ward, Hoi An City - Price: 0.8 - 2.5 USD 

Banh Dap

Banh Dap


10. Banh Beo - Bloating Fern-shaped cake

Culinary arts Hoi An increasingly diverse exotic dishes from rustic to luxurious. And one of the famous folk dishes in Hoi An must be mentioned is Banh Beo.

Unlike many other famous tourist destinations, Hoi An is considered a favorite breakfast dish of the people of Hoi. Therefore, if you have the opportunity to visit Banh Beo Hoi An in the early morning or evening there are many places you do not have a chair to sit in. Banh Beo is characterized by a crispy piece of fried meat, served with a spicy and sour sauce. It is not difficult to enjoy and if you cannot eat the crispy fat, you can ask the owner of the store not to put this part in the bowl of Banh Beo.

Banh Beo

Banh Beo - Bloating Fern-shaped cake

If you don't know where to try Banh Beo, let's see some suggestions below:

  • Banh Beo - Banh Nam Mrs. Bay: No 02 Hoang Van Thu Street, Hoi An City - Opening hours: 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm - Price: 0.5 - 0.8 USD 
  • Banh Beo 17: No 17 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoi An city - Opening hours: 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Price: 0.5 - 0.8 USD 


11. Banh Bot Loc (Tapioca Dumpling)

Banh Bot Loc, or Tapioca Dumpling, is a specialty in Central Vietnam. The dish is a really famous snack in Vietnam for its special texture, fresh taste and the marvelous dipping sauce. Banh Bot Loc has been famous in Hue since the Nguyen Dynasty of Vietnam. However, today, you can also try this sophisticated dish in Hoi An as well. There are a lot of variations of Banh Bot Loc such as Banh Bot Loc with or without banana leaf called Banh Bot Loc La (leaf) and Banh Bot Loc Tran (no leaf). Some places fill the dumpling with a whole shrimp with shells while others use shrimp with no shells, ground pork and so on.

  • Bà Bảy: 2  Hoang Van Thu Street, Hoi An - Price: 30,000 VND for a plate of Banh Bot Loc (approx. $1.30 USD)
  • Bánh bột lọc CÔ BÉ: 115 Nguyen Truong To St., Minh An, Hoi An - Price: 1 USD

Banh bot loc

Banh bot loc


12. Thit Nuong Banh Uot - Steamed rice paper with grilled meat

Another Hoi An street food is Thit Nuong Banh Uot. This is a modified dish from pork roll rice paper in Da Nang. On the days of Hoi An transforming in the early cold season, this dish is one of the most attractive delicacies in Hoi An. 

In Hoi An, grilled meat is marinated with spices, grilled until it gets golden brown on the charcoal stove, the smoke flying makes your taste more stimulating. The meat will then be placed on top of the raw vegetables while the meat is still burning. The only difference is that in Da Nang instead of boiled pork is replaced with grilled meat. Thit Nuong Banh Uot is served with raw vegetables, starfruit or sour pineapple, acrid bananas, rolled into thin rice paper with some noodles, and dipping with fish sauce or seasoning sauce will bring an unforgettable strange taste to the visitors coming to Hoi An.

You should save the following addresses to taste Thit Nuong Banh Uot in Hoi An:

  • Thit Nuong Banh Uot Mrs. Loi: No 03 Nguyen Hue Street, Hoi An city - Opening hours: 02:30 pm - 08:00 pm - Price: 1.5 USD
  • Thit Nuong Banh Uot Mrs. Suong: 138 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An city - Opening hours: 03:00 pm - 09:00 pm - Price: 1 - 3 USD 
  • Thit Nuong Banh Uot Mrs. Huong Hoi An: No 31 Tieu La Street, Hoi An city - Opening hours: 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm - Price: 1 - 2.5 USD

Thit Nuong Banh Uot

Thit Nuong Banh Uot - Steamed rice paper with grilled meat


13. Seafood

Mentioning a beach city, there’s one thing we always think of the seafood. Hoi An is a beautiful city located in the middle of the Central Vietnam area with a tranquil ancient town, a serene river, and pristine beaches. The seafood here is all from the local fisherman, and Cua Dai beach is true heaven to eat seafood in Hoi An. From scallops to crabs, prawns, octopuses, squids, mussels, fishes, and snails, you can find every seafood dish you want on this stunning beach. A lot of people may think that seafood is the same everywhere, but trust me, the way Hoi An local people use spices and the way they cook the dish will make the food very different from other places. So just come and try, you’ll see the difference.

There’s a lot of good places to try seafood in Hoi An and just get to Cua Dai beach, every local vendor can satisfy you.

Hoi An fresh seafood

Hoi An fresh seafood


14. Hen Tron (Minced Baby Clams)

Hen Tron, or baby clam salad, is a traditional food in Hoi An from Cam Nam island. The fresh clams are taken from the Thu Bon River and its tributaries. Clams are boiled then fried with different vegetables and other ingredients like onion, pepper, chili, ginger, and peanuts. The dish is topped with Vietnamese mint and crushed peanuts and accompanied with fish sauce. The small plate of clams is packed with flavor. They’re typically served with rice crackers that are used to ladle the dish in bite-sized portions. Using the crispy crackers provided, you spoon the clams onto it and drizzle with dipping sauce.

You can find the best Hen Tron in: 

  • Quan An Ben Tre: Xuyen Trung, Cam Nam, Hoi An - Opening hours: 7:00 am to 10:00 pm - Prices: 50,000 VND (approx. $2.15)
  • Dung Van: Luong Nhu Bich Street, Cam Nam Ward, Hoi An City - Price: 0.8 - 2.5 USD

Hen tron

Hen tron


15. Coffee and tea

Tea culture is very popular in a lot of Asia countries, and that makes no surprise that tea is one of the most common drinks in Vietnam. But many people didn’t know that Vietnam is the second biggest country exporting coffee in the world, only after Brazil. Coffee is a significant part of Vietnamese culture and if you ever come to any part of Vietnam, coffee and tea are both recommended. Enjoy these addictive drinks in such a stunning place like Hoi An even give you a better experience. Just come to any coffee or tea shop in Hoi An and order a local Vietnamese drink like lotus tea or ice coffee with milk (Ca Phe Sua Da) and enjoy the peace and quietness of the ancient town, you will really immerse in this special Central city.

Hoi An coffee

Hoi An Coffee

In conclusion, Hoi An street food tour is attractive and diverse. It is one of the main reasons why Hoi An is a favourite destination for both domestic and international tourists. If you have a chance to visit Hoi An, don't forget to taste the list of 15 street foods we have just given you. You will certainly love all of those dishes. Let's look at our Hoi An tours list now to have a wonderful vacation too.

Van Anh 

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