Hoi An Local Food: 9 must-try Street Foods in Hoi An

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Hoi An ancient town is known as one of the most famous tourist destinations in Vietnam, having been a famous Commercial Port since the 17th century trading goods from lots of countries around the world.

Today, the ancient town of Hoi An is interspersed between the town houses, the architectural works of religion and beliefs that demonstrate the process of formation, development and the decline of the old town. Hoi An is also a land of many imprints of cultural mixing and interference. Hoi An ancient town is small but has rich and diverse culinary culture, you shouldn’t miss the local traditional dishes here, let’s take a look at some special and well-known dishes in Hoi An.


In a small shop located on Tran Phu Street inside Hoi An Ancient Town, Mót Tea is really famous and attracts tourists to visit and enjoy this special drink. With simple rustic décor, a blackboard that records the shop menu, a few decorative lotus pots and especially a lot of herbal aromas to make this tea special than ever.


With the price of only 10,000VND as 0.5USD, you can enjoy the herb tea with the aroma of lemon lemongrass so you will feel very fresh after enjoy and especially with the very own décor, this is really a place where a lot of local and international visitors come to enjoy.

Famous address: Mót Hội An – 150 Trần Phú, Phường Minh An, Hội An


Hoi An chicken rice is a local dish that is no longer strange to locals as well as tourists, with a wonderful way of cooking, chicken rice is really a dish you can’t miss when you come to Hoi An. To make delicious chicken rice requires the chef to have a thorough preparation, rice to cook need to be delicious, fresh, carefully selected, seasoned and cooked with chicken broth and  panda leaves with woodstoves. Chicken used is a type of chicken with silk, soft meat without friable, firm but not tough, thin skin and fresh meat. After boiling, the chicken is shredded and squeezed with onion, fried onion, salt, pepper and fragrant knotweed. Finally, put the rice on a plate, put the teared chicken up the rice, onion, sour papaya, Tra Que herbs, soy sauce and chili sauce.


In addition, there is a bowl of soup mixed with heart, liver, and kidney of chicken . With all meticulous ingenuity in their processing, Hoi An people have created a very special chicken rice dish, bearing the imprint of Hoi An. With the price of a chicken dish from 30,000 VND – 35,000 VND, you can have a special lunch / dinner.

Famous address:

Cơm Gà Bà Buội – 22 Phan Chu Trinh, Phường Minh An, Hội An

Cơm gà Ty –  27 Phan Chu Trinh, Phường Minh An, Hội An

Cơm gà Hương – Kiệt Sica – 56 Lê Lợi, Phường Minh An, Hội An

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One of Hoi An specialty dishes is Cao Lau, which is a special dish of Hoi An that hardly can be replaced, it exists for hundreds of years with Hoi An people. Unlike Mi Quang, Banh Uot, Cao Lau is chewier, opaque yellow, usually served with broth from shrimp, meat and raw vegetables. To make Cao Lau delicious is an elaborate process from selecting materials as well as cooking. For the noodles to be golden and delicious, the chef had to take the cooked ash from Cu Lao Cham, a small island in Hoi An, soaked with fresh rice to produce crispy, chewy and dry noodles. Continue to use cotton cloth repeatedly to make supple, dry, rolled into medium pieces, cut into fibers, steam them several times and then dry them to make noodles. Through such many times, although leaving Cao Lau overnight, it isn’t rancid.


People often eat Cao Lau with bean sprouts parboiled in boiling water but not too soft. A few more raw vegetables, taken from the famous Tra Que vegetable village in Hoi An. The bean sprouts on top of the boiling water poured into the bowl, put the noodles on top, add some slices of meat and poured the fat cloves (crispy fried pig skin) and a spoonful of fried pork fat to be placed on the stove.

With minced meat, just use grass pork, firm meat, fragrant, medium-thin skin and its broth has a sweet taste. When eating, Cao Lau gives a feeling of crispness of noodles, sour, spicy, bitter, acrid, sweet of raw vegetables, flavor of sauce, fragrant powder, soy sauce … and fat cloves in the mouth.

Famous address:

Cao Lầu Liên – 16 Thái Phiên, Phường Minh An, Hội An

Cao Lầu Thanh – 26 Thái Phiên, Phường Minh An, Hội An

Cao lầu Không Gian Xanh – 687 Hai Bà Trưng, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam


Quang Noodles as well as noodles and vermicelli are made from rice but have unique nuances and flavors. As the name suggests, this noodle originated from Quang Nam province. In order to make noodles, people use good rice soaked water until soft, grind into fine powdered liquid, not thick but not liquid, mix some alum to make the noodles brittle, hard and then make it into wheat leaves. Once cooked, place the them on the cooler, apply an oil layer to prevent the noodles from sticking and then cut it into fibers. The broth of local noodles is made of shrimp, pork, or chicken, sometimes made of snakehead fish, beef … very diverse.


And more specifically, raw vegetables to eat with ordinary noodles are lettuce, basil, cabbage, onion, cilantro … of the famous Tra Que vegetable area in the Northeast of Hoi An ancient town.

Famous address:

Mì Quảng Ông Hai – Mr. Hai Noodles – 6A Trương Minh Lượng, Cẩm Châu, Hội An

Mì quảng bà Linh – 137 Phan Chu Trinh, Phường Minh An, Hội An


White Rose, although only appearing briefly, is present in most restaurant menus in Hoi An,

White Rose is made with the main ingredient of rice starch, however, if you want to have a clear and delicious cake, the rice flour needs to be filtered many times. The better rice flour filtered, the more delicious and clear the cake will be.


The filling of the cake is mixed with meat, minced shrimp, marinated together with wood ear mushrooms, fish sauce, pepper, onion, … Each white rose cake is processed in 2 ways, one is to cook the filling of the cake and add them to the cake, other one is to make the raw filling and steam them together with the cake. Cakes are often served with garlic and chilli fish sauce.

Famous address: Bong Hong Trang – 533 Hai Bà Trưng, P. Cẩm Phổ,  Tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam


After a long day of exploring Hoi An ancient town, surely a glass of sweet soup will make you dispel the feeling of fatigue. There are many local local sweet soup shops along the sidewalk, you can stop anywhere to enjoy. The sweetness of the soup, the cool taste of the grinded ice, the soft cooked beans, watching the flow of people in Hoi An will be an unforgettable experience for you in Hoi An, there are many types of sweet soup for you to choose: corn, red bean, lotus seed …



Bread, popular dishes can be found everywhere in Vietnam, but perhaps Hoi An bread is really special, the reason it is special because the spices come with this dish very diversified. It is barbecue pork when chewed as melted in the mouth, delicious pâté and jambon at a great level. Then a heirloom special sauce will make you have to say “so tasty”.


One of the delicious and famous bakeries in Hoi An is Phuong bread, the oldest bakery in Hoi An and is currently very popular in the world. Phuong bread features a thin, not thick bread like the classic French bread. All breads before processing is kept warm in a wooden cabinet by the temperature of a charcoal stove.

The ingredients that make Phuong bread are naturally prepared, do not use available ingredients, so it makes its taste different from other types of bread. The bread is plentiful by the meat, pork rolls, homemade sauce with the fresh green vegetables to create a very special flavor for Phuong bread.

Famous address:

Bánh Mì Phượng – 2b Phan Chu Trinh, Cẩm Châu, Hội An

Madam Khanh – The Banh Mi Queen – 115 Trần Cao Vân, Phường Minh An, Hội An

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Wonton is a dish quite popular with Vietnamese people. Wonton is processed in many ways but the most typical are still the water wonton and dry wonton. If the water wonton is rich in taste because the broth is processed skillfully, the dry wonton will attract people to eat because of the crispy cake.


Enjoy the wonton you will feel a lot of different interesting feelings. When the sweet taste of shrimp blends in the light fatness of the cake, when the sourness of the tomato is in the light spicy of the onion, it’s hard to describe.

Famous address:

Anh Dũng foodstall – số 14, đường Bà Triệu, TP. Hội An

Vỹ Sơn restaurant – số 28, đường Nguyễn Huệ, TP. Hội An

 Vạn Lộc restaurant – số 27, đường Trần Phú, TP. Hội An


Unlike many other popular tourist destinations, Banh Beo is considered a favorite breakfast of Hoi Hoi people.

Banh Beo consists of two parts: the cake and the filling. The cake is made from rice flour. The filling is often made from the main ingredients shrimp and meat. Banh beo is poured in small cups. And with Hoi An Banh Beo, people often eat directly in small cups without taking out with fish sauce.


A small plate of Banh Beo will surely make it hard for you to forget the unique taste of Hoi An culinary culture.

Famous address:

Bánh Bèo Cô Lan – Phan Dinh Phung Street

Bánh Bèo 17 – số 17, đường Đinh Tiên Hoàng, TP Hội An

Bánh Bèo Bà Bảy – 2 Hoàng Văn Thụ, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam

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