What and where to eat delicious food in Hoi An

Bánh mì – the best Vietnamese sandwich to fall in love with

Hoi An food is quite varied and a wonderful topic to get locals to chat about. If you go on your Hoi An private tours, you will find that an abundance of mouthwatering fresh food gives an almost artistic impression and becomes an essential part of your travel experience. Ask any local who was born and raised in the Ancient Town and they will respond without blinking: bánh mì, hoành thánh, and hến xào.

Bánh mì – the best Vietnamese sandwich to fall in love with

Bánh mì – the best Vietnamese sandwich to fall in love with

Bánh mì – the best Vietnamese sandwich to fall in love with

Apart from rice – the staple food in Vietnam, wheaten food like bánh mì a Vietnamese term for all kinds of bread with special local flavors always makes the dining table rich and colorful to bring you extraordinary treats.

Given how much we have talked about it, bánh mì needs no real introduction here. Listed among the world’s Top 10 sandwiches by Austrian travel website Traveller, Hoi An’s bánh mì is a dish to cater to even the fussiest eater. When Hoi An’s residents are asked what they like to eat 3 meals per day, it is not white rose dumplings or wontons, it is these famous Vietnamese sandwiches, crackling-crisp on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside and on top.

Hoi An’s bánh mì can be stuffed with an every varying combination of fried egg, meats like homemade pate, pork cold cuts, roasted pork, grilled chicken, shredded pork, or beef meatballs; vegetables including thin layers of pickled daikon and carrot, slices of fresh cucumber, a generous sprinkling of coriander leaves; pepper; and chili sauce mixed with a little mayonnaise. Oddly enough, even though Hoi An is one of the most touristy cities in Vietnam, bánh mì here can be as cheap as around USD $1.

Where to find best bánh mì in Hoi An?

  • Banh Mi Phuong, 2B Phan Chau Trinh Street, Minh An, Hoi An. Price range: VND 20.000 – 30.000. Opening hours: 6.30 AM – 9.30 PM.
  • Madam Khanh – “The Banh My Queen”, 115 Tran Cao Van Street, Son Phong, Hoi An. Price range: around VND 20.000. Opening hours: 6.00 AM – 8.30 PM.

Fried Mussels (hến xào) – the best mussel dish only available in Hoi An

Hến xào – the best mussel dish only available in Hoi An

Hến xào – the best mussel dish only available in Hoi An

Why is the best fried mussel dish only available in Hoi An? Since it is made from the naturally sweet mussels in Hoai River, Cam Nam Commune – a rural part of Hoi An. Because of its sweet taste and high level of nutrition, mussel is used in Hoi An daily meals. Mussel pancake, mussel sausage, boiled mussel, mussel soup – there are a lot of variations. But the stir-fried mussel combined with the fried peanuts, pepper, shallots, garlic, fragrant vegetables, chilies, etc. is the best favorite and a must try on your Hoi An private tours. Hoi An locals will order a serving of fried mussels to go with a dish of bánh đập – steamed and baked rice papers.

Where to go for best fried mussels?

  • Ba Gia Restaurant, Nguyen Tri Phuong Street. Price range: VND 30.000 – 40.000. Opening hours: 9.00 AM – 10.00 PM.
  • Co Ngay Restaurant, Nguyen Tri Phuong Street. Price range: VND 30.000 – 40.000. Opening hours: 9.00 AM – 10.00 PM.

Fried Wonton (hoành thánh chiên) and wonton soup – Hoi An treat favorite

Wonton - Hoi An treat favorite

Wonton – Hoi An treat favorite

A Chinese-originated dish adapted by the inhabitants to suit the local taste, wonton is a hearty and comforting food. The dough composition is rather simple. It is identical to your standard boiled dumpling: just water and rice flour. The difference lies in what is hidden inside. They are most typically filled with minced pork or even diced shrimp. Sometimes, it will be a mixture of the two with egg, vegetables, minced onions, and other spices.

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There are few ways to enjoy wontons. And fried wonton and wonton soup are the most popular ones. With many tiny wantons suspended in a clear scallion oil soup, wonton soup is customarily served at the winter solstice or after a late night of drinking. Meanwhile, crispy fried wontons are a great appetizer and finger food snack. However, with or without soup, the wontons in Hoi An are absolutely spectacular.

The only accompaniment needed is chili dipping sauce mixed with light soy sauce and vinegar over angel-hair slivers of ginger, although a bowl of clear soup is often eaten alongside.

Where to find best wontons in Hoi An?

  • Vạn Lộc Restaurant, 27 Tran Phu Street. Price range: VND 20.000/piece. Opening hours: 9.00 AM – 9.00 PM.
  • Bông Hồng Trắng (White Rose) Restaurant, 533 Hai Ba Trung Streer. Price range: VND 20.000/piece. Opening hours: 8.00 AM – 9.00 PM.
  • Vườn Xưa (Old Garden) Restaurant, 33 Phan Chau Trinh Street. Price range: VND 15.000/piece. Opening hours: 9.00 AM – 9.00 PM.

Representing the magnificent culture of our S-shape nation’s almost five-thousand-year-old glorious history, Hoi An is the nation’s street food epicenter and its cuisine has a very high reputation worldwide. The town’s very varied cuisine is considered as one of the top three in Vietnam.

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