1. Cao Lau
Cao Lau is a specialty only in Hoi An, the process of making Cao Lau is very picky: The rice is soaked with ash (from a tree grown in Cham Island) and water from Ba Le Well – a well known well here. The noodles are chewy, mixed with “char siu” pork and passionate sauce, add on roasted peanuts and peppermint, fragrant basil. Cao Lau is sold from famous restaurants to street vendors in the old town. Cao Lau is a must-try food in Hoi An.
- Thanh Cao Lau (7 am – 7 pm) address: 26 Thai Phien, Hoi An. Price: 30 000 VND.
- Ba Nga (12 pm – 10 pm) address: 8 Phan Chu Trinh, Cam Chau, Hoi An. Price: 30 000 VND.
- Khong Gian Xanh (10 am – 10 pm) address: 687 Hai Ba Trung, Hoi An. Price: 30 000 – 50 000 VND.
2. Mi Quang
Mi Quang (Quang noodle) is a specialty of Quang Nam province (Hoi An). It is Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, meat, chicken, quail eggs, and shrimp. Mi Quang is served with a variety of vegetables, usually lettuce, basil, cinnamon, vegetables, onions, cilantro, and “Banh Da” (a kind of rice paper). Mi Quang, Cao Lau, and Com Ga are three must-try Hoi An foods.
- Ong Hai (6 am – 10 pm) address: 6A Truong Minh Luong, Hoi An. Price: 30 000 VND.
- Ba Linh (6 am – 10 pm) address: 137 Phan Chu Trinh, Hoi An. Price: 30 000 VND.
- Mi Quang Bich (6 am – 10 pm) address: 272 Hung Vuong, Hoi An. Price: 30 000 – 50 000 VND.
3. Com Ga
Chicken rice is the pride of Hoi An and Da Nang cuisine, with special processing method: rice is cooked with chicken broth; chicken is shredded, mixed with onions, lemons, laksa leaves, and some spices; with a small soup bowl, enough to please the most fastidious diners.
- Ba Buoi ( 11 am – 9 pm) address: 22 Phan Chu Trinh, Hoi An. Price: 35 000 – 55 000 VND.
- Huong ( 7 am – 10 pm) address: 56 Le Loi, Hoi An. Price: 35 000 – 50 000 VND.
- Ba Nga (10 am – 10 pm) address: 8 Phan Chu Trinh, Hoi An. Price: 40 000 -100 000 VND.
4. Banh Mi Hoi An
Banh Mi is the favorite street food in Vietnam; each place has its unique taste. In Hoi An, fillings are so various: eggs, grilled meat, “char siu” pork, pate, adding chili, sliced cucumbers, herbs, especially the very fragrant and charming meat sauce. Banh Mi is a Hoi An food that has delighted diners from many parts of the world.
- Banh Mi Phuong (6 am – 9 pm) address: 2B Phan Chu Trinh, Hoi An. Price: 20 000 – 30 000 VND.
- Madam Khanh (7 am – 7 pm) address: 115 Tran Cao Van, Hoi An. Price: 15 000 – 20 000 VND,
5. Banh Dap and Hen Xao
In Hoi An, Hen Xao (mussels) is a fresh river food that is simply processed: mussels are sautéed with onions and laksa leaves, serve with Banh Dap (beaten cake – a kind of rice paper). It is eaten with a typical fish sauce of Quang Nam sea.
- Co Ngay (7 am – 10 pm) address: Nguyen Tri Phuong, Hoi An. Price: 15 000 – 50 000 VND.
- Ba Gia (8 am – 9 pm) address: 679 Hai Ba Trung, Hoi An. Price: 15 000 – 50 000 VND.
6. Banh Xu Xe, Banh It
These are typical cakes of Hoi An street food. Only using the materials available in nature, Hoi An people make the traditional kinds of cake which are so famous. The gut of cakes is green beans or coconut; it feels both flexible and brittle when eating. They are wrapped by banana leaves and sold in markets or street corners in Hoi An.
Banh It La Gai (7 am – 10 pm) address: 134 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An. Price: 10 000 – 20 000 VND
7. Mot Hoi An
Mot is simply a hawker stall located on the sidewalk of Tran Phu street, but just passing, you certainly stop in front of a lovely corner with small ceramic cups displaying many kinds of herbs: honeysuckle, cinnamon, aromatic fruit, lemon, lemongrass. That cool fresh juice is great for Hoi An, a full of a sunny day.
Address: 150 Tran Phu, Hoi An, Opening: 4:30 pm – 10 pm. Price: 12 000 VND.