Hoian is influenced by Chinese, French and Japanese culture, so food in Hoian is a mix of flavorful Easter food and decorative Western food. If you are a food lover, Hoian will be your heaven. Travelers can find these specialties sold on the street, in the restaurants, hotels, and cafes. You can get an authentic taste for a dollar per dish. Check out these must-try foods in Hoian to find your favorite.
1. Cao Lau (Rice Noodles With Barbecued Pork, Greens And Croutons)
This local delicacy is only available in Hoi An because the noodles can only be cooked using water from well-hidden ancient Cham wells while fresh greens are sourced from Tra Que Vegetable Village. You can find Cao lau at any Vietnamese restaurant in Hoi An, with prices ranging between VND 10,000 and VND 50,000.
Cau Lau Ba Be
- Address: a food stall right in Hoian market
- Open hour: 2pm-8:30pm
- Price: 25,000vnd
Cau Lau Thanh
- Address: 26 Thai Phien, Hoian
- Open hour: All day but they will close very soon in noon and night if the ingredient is over.
- Price: 30,000vnd
Mi Quang Ong Hai (serve both Mi Quang and Cao Lau)
- Address: 6A Truong Minh Luong, Hoian
- Open Hour: 9AM-10PM
- Price: 35,000vnd
2. Mi Quang(Vietnamese Turmeric Noodles)
This must be the top favorite of all backpackers coming to Hoian. Mi Quang is a mix of turmeric rice noodles, bone broth seasoned with fish sauce, black pepper, shallot, and garlic, topped with a variety of meat, herbs, and local greens. Unlike these noodle soups, mì Quảng is served with very little broth and almost like a dry noodle dish or noodle salad with the broth serving to bring all the flavors together. A bowl costs between VND 15,000 and VND 25,000, though prices can go much higher at established restaurants in Hoi An.
Mi Quang – Cau Lau Bich
- Address: 272 Hung Vuong, Hoian
- Open Hour: 6:30 AM-8:30 PM
- Price: 20,000-50,000VND
Mi Quang Di Hat
- Address: Opposite to 64 Bach Dang, Hoian.
- Open Hour: After 5 pm
- Price: 20,000vnd
3. Banh Bao Vac (White Rose Dumplings)
White rose dumplings are made with translucent white dough filled with spiced minced shrimp or pork that’s been bunched up to resemble flowers. The dish is served with a dipping sauce made from shrimp broth.
Bong Hong Trang Restaurant
- Address: 533 Hai Ba Trung, Hoian
- Open Hour: 7:30 AM – 7:30 PM
- Price: 70,000-100,000vnd
4. Chicken Rice
It is said that “if you have not had Chicken Rice, it means you have never been to Hoian”. Com ga consists of rice cooked in chicken stock with a tiny bit of turmeric for color and served with boiled, coarsely shredded chicken.
Com Ga Ba Buoi
- Address: 22 Phan Chu Trinh, Hoian
- Open Hour 11:00am – 9:00pm
- Price: 10,000-200,000vnd
Com Ga Ty (Neighbor of Com Ga Ba Buoi)
- Address: 25 – 27 Phan Châu Trinh, Hoian
- Open Hour: 4pm-10pm
- Price: 25,000-100,000vnd
Com Ga Huong
- Address: 56 Le Loi, Hoian
- Open Hour: 07:00 – 22:00
- Price: 40,000vnd
5. Banh mi (Bread)
Banh mi has become familiar to anyone who had heard about Vietnam. A bead consists of pickled vegetables, pâté, butter, soy sauce, cilantro, chillies, and hot peppers. You can also choose from a variety of meat fillings for your banh mi, including heo quay (roasted pork belly), cha ca (fried fish with turmeric and dill), cha lua (boiled sausages), xiu mai (meatballs), thit ga (boiled chicken), trung op la (fried egg), thit nuong (grilled pork loin), and xa xiu (Chinese barbecued pork). Banh mi Phuong is one of the most famous food stores in Hoian.
Banh mi Phuong (Phuong’s Breads)
- Address: 2B Phan Chau Trinh, Hoian
- Open Hours: 6:30AM-9:30PM
- Prices: 20,000vnd
6. Banh Dap (Vietnamese Rice Crackers)
Banh dap is a traditional snack that’s exclusively available at Cam Nam Village, located about 10 minutes away from Hoi An Ancient Town. To make a right banh dap, First, you place a wet pancake on a crispy one before applying some mung bean paste, chopped shallots and shredded spring onion on top. Lastly, add another dry pancake before breaking the sandwich with the hand.Finally, dip it into a fermented fish sauce with chilies.
Banh Dap Cam Nam
- Address: 679 Hai Ba Trung , Hoian
- Open Hour: 8:00am-9:00pm
- Price: 15.000đ-50.000đ
Banh Dap Co Ngay
- Address: Nguyen Tri Phuong, Hoian
- Open Hour: 9:00am-9:00pm
- Price: 7.000đ-15.000đ
7. Banh beo (steamed rice pancake)
Banh beo is a variety of small steamed rice cakes popular in Central Vietnam, most notably Huế and Hoi An and topped with savory ingredients like dried or fresh shrimp, scallions, roasted peanuts, mung bean paste, fried shallots, and fish sauce.
Banh beo Ba Bay
- Address: 2 Hoang Van Thu, Hoian (Corner of the old wall on Hoàng Văn Thụ)
- Open Hours: open around 3 pm
8. Banh xeo (Crispy Pancake)
Banh xeo is made of rice flour, coconut milk, and turmeric, filled with ingredients such as vermicelli noodles, chicken, pork or beef slices, shrimps, sliced onions, beansprouts, and mushrooms. You then top it with mint and lettuce before rolling the whole thing up spring roll style and dunking it in a dipping sauce.
Banh Xeo Ba Le
- Address: 45/51 Tran Hung Dao
- Open hour: 8:00am- 10:00pm
- Price: 10,000 vnd
Banh Xeo Song Hoai
- Address: 59/32 18/8 st., Hoian
- Open Hour: 10:00am- 9:00pm
- Price: 10.000đ- 30.000đ
9.Banh cuon thit nuong (wet pancake rolled with grilled pork)
The dish is served on a tray consisting of a stack of wet rice pancakes, skewers of charcoal-grilled pork, a dish of fresh herbs and vegetables, and peanut sauce as a dip. With available ingredients, you can make the rolls by yourself. You can easily find vendors selling Banh cuon thit nuong on the street.
- Address: Hai Ba Trung – Tran Hung Dao Intersection, Hoi An
- Along the Hoai River, Tp. Hoi An,
- Opening 3pm-9pm
- Price:20,000 – 30,000vnd
10.Hoanh Thanh Chien (Fried Wonton Dumplings)
Hoanh Thanh Chien is a fried wonton dumpling with a variety of meat fillings, topped with a kind of slightly sour and spicy sauce consisting of shrimp, char siu pork, and crispy vegetables.
Hoành Thánh Anh Dũng
- Address: 14 Ba Trieu, Hoian
- Open Hour: 7am – 9pm
- Price:20,000đ – 50,000đ
You can find more things to do in Hoian here, recommended by Backpackers Team.