The Best Specialties Of Hoi An - Top Dishes You Should Try

Considered The Lantern City, Hoi an is famous for its beautiful ancient streets, romantic Thu Bon River, the relaxed bars and pubs, fantastic nightlife… Besides the scenic beauty, Hoi An also has its style of cuisine, with many prominent specialties that are loved by both locals and tourists. If you are planning a trip to Hoi An, don’t miss the food tour around this city. Here are some of The best Hoi An specialties that you should try.

Cao Lau (Rice Noodles with Barbecued Pork)

Hoi An Cao Lau

Cao Lau - one of the most prominent specialties of Hoi An that you must try

Cao Lau is the most definitive and mythical specialty of Hoi An comprising thick rice noodles using water from the Ba Le well, Chinese grilled pork slices, beansprouts, croutons and fresh herbs sourced from Tra Que Vegetable Village. Those ingredients make this local delicacy having the best taste only in Hoi An. To add more flavours into the dish, depending on each one’s appetite, you can eat Cao Lau with peanuts, rice crackers, scallions, lime, and chilli jam.

Banh Bao Banh Vac (White Rose Dumplings)

Banh Bao Banh Vac Hoi An, Hoian White Rose Dumpling

Hoi An White Rose Dumplings - Banh bao Banh vac

Banh bao Banh vac – or white rose dumplings, are among the most beloved Hoi An specialties. Their names describe the flower-like appearance. Each dumpling consists of flattening rice-flour dough filled with shrimp or pork and then cook well in a steamer. After that, they are carefully placed on a plate, topped with fried shallots and served with a flavorful sauce made from shrimp broth, chilly, lemon and sugar. Besides tasting this delicious dish, coming to a local family-run restaurant at 533 Hai Ba Trung Street, you can also witness its skilful hand-made progress.

Com Ga (Chicken Rice)

Com ga Hoi An, Hoian Chicken Rice

Com ga Hoi An - Hoian Chicken Rice

Com ga is a prominent Hoi An specialty that can be found everywhere, containing turmeric fragrant rice, shredded chicken, fresh herbs, black pepper and chilly jam. Com ga in Hoi An with a unique flavour makes it different from Hainanese chicken rice which is famous in some Southeast Asia countries including Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The dish is often served with a bowl of chicken broth with chrysanthemum leaves, sauces, green chilly and lemon. Local people like to eat com ga with cold beers after their hard-working day.

Mi Quang (Vietnamese Turmeric Noodles)

Mi Quang Hoi An, Vietnamese Noodle Hoian

Mi Quang - Vietnamese Turmeric Noodles

Unlike Cao Lau, mi Quang is not a soup but a bowl of yellow rice noodles topped with slices of tasty char siu pork, bone broth seasoned with fish sauce, pepper, shallot, garlic and aromatic fresh herbs. Mi Quang noodles are made fresh daily to ensure the most delicious taste. Nowadays, the toppings can be changed to create strange flavour in comparison with the original one, so some restaurants use squid, boiled eggs, snails and frogs. As with most noodle dishes in Vietnam, mi Quang is also served with sesame rice crackers and a plate of greens to balance flavour including basil, coriander, banana flowers.

Banh Xeo (Crispy Pancake)

Banh Xeo Hoi An, Hoian Sizzling Pancake

Banh Xeo - Sizzling Crispy Pancake

Banh Xeo is a typical Vietnamese delicious snack made of rice flour, coconut milk, turmeric powder, and other ingredients such as chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, squid, onions, green beans, beansprout and mushrooms. This dish is sold almost everywhere in the town at the low prices and often paired with lettuce leaves or rice papers dipping in flavorful peanut sauce.

Banh Dap (Smashing Rice Paper)

Banh Dap Hoi An, Hoian Smashing Rice Paper

Banh Dap - Hoi An Smashing Rice Paper

Banh dap, a traditional rustic cake in Quang Nam, is the perfect combination between baked roll and wet roll with some ingredients such as mung bean paste, fried shallots, onions to create a new taste. After smashing on the table to make it into pieces, you need to dip it into a bowl of fermented fish sauce and chilli call “mam nem”. Banh Dap is often sold at roadside, alleys, or on a pair of small baskets at the street corners.

Hoanh Thanh Chien (Fried Wonton Dumplings)

Hoang Thanh Chien Hoi An, Hoian Fried Dumpling

Hoanh Thanh Chien - Hoi An Fried Dumplings

Hoanh Thanh Chien or fried wonton dumplings resemble the famous Mexican nachos with salsa-like topping, but in fact, its topping is a variety of meat. The dish is made from rice flour, pork, shrimp, eggs and various spices before being fried until changing into golden colour. After that, it is topped with a special sauce comprising pork, shrimp, corn, tomato and coriander leaves.


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