Street food in Hoi An

The following vendors wander the streets of Hoi An selling their food, which should not be viewed as inedible or dubious in any way – it’s all fabulous food which we eat nearly every day and have not had any tummy problems with.

Cao Lau

Cao Lau is speciality dish of Hoi An which comprises of the signature cao lầu noodles, slices of barbecue pork, pork crackling, bean sprouts, lettuce and herbs. It is then finished with a spoonful of stock. The noodles are simply made from rice and water. However, what makes these noodles special is that there is nowhere else in Vietnam that can make them as good as the ones you’d find in Hoi An. This is because the water used to make these noodles has a unique flavour and could only be sourced from wells around Hoi An. The most famous well is from the Ba Le village. This water is the mixed with ashes from certain trees, to give it its particular yellow tinge and slightly firm texture.

Try Cao Lau at Thuy Shop (Corner of Tran Phu & Hoang Dieu St, across Mermaid Res 02 Tran Phu. Price: 20,000 VND/ dish)



Hoi An Chicken rice

Hoi An chicken rice is very simple: in it’s most bare form, the recipe includes only rice, chicken, sauce and pickled carrots. Hoi An chicken rice houses tear their chicken meat into small pieces and then mash the pieces with crushed onions, Vietnamese coriander and the other spices to the best absorb their flavors. The dish is then served up with very spicy chili sauce, pepper to slow the heart various coating mix chicken liver hard, extremely attractive. The springy chicken pieces and fragrant rice is decorated with peppermint, papaya, and salted onions.

Where to try Chicken rice in Hoi An?
Ms Buoi 22 Phan Chau Trinh
Ms Ty 27 Phan Châu Trinh
Ms Thuan 17/4 Nhị trưng


Grilled meat noodle (Bún Thịt nướng)

A standard of the street in Hoi An is ‘thit nuong’. This consists of grilled skewers of meat, some herbs and greens, and a few rice paper wrappers to roll it all up in. Normally some noodles as well to pad out the meal, which makes up the ‘bun’ part when it becomes bun thit nuong. These are thin white rice vermicelli, a little similar to ‘khanom jin’ noodles. It also comes with a cracking peanut tomato sauce. A cross between satay and ketchup, with a few toasted sesame seeds to round it off.

First things first – look for a lady with a conical hat and a charcoal barbecue.

This can come in two forms – a regular stall that you can come back to, or a wandering minstrel type of a vendor. The wandering version struts her stuff with the barbecue and the food hanging off two sides of a bamboo pole like some culinary “Justice” icon. Unlike minstrels, they rarely sing, although with my knowledge of Vietnamese locals to date, she probably wouldn’t shrink from the microphone if you showed up with a karaoke set-up.

Our Transfer Services in Hoi An

Da Nang Airport- Hoi An Hotels: 17 USD/ 1 way

Hoi An- My Son Sanctuary: 37 USD

Hoi An- Marble Mountain- My Khe Beach- Cham Museum- Hoi An: 45 USD

Da Nang Airport- Marble Mountain- My Khe Beach- Hoi An: 35 USD

Hoi An- Hue city: 70 USD/1 way. Stop Hai Van Pass, Lang Co Beach

Hoi An- My Lai Massacre: 75 USD

If you are a food lover and want a safe way to try HoiAn Street food, Hoian local food tour is a great initiation. You will discover plenty of great stalls and really get a feel of the area and its food history – all accompanied by a friendly English-speaking guide who is willing to answer any questions related to Hoian food, history and culture. Most of foods are not available in restaurant. The tours run every afternoon for four hours (4.00 pm- 8.00 pm)

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