Must-try dishes in Hoi An
Update: Apr 21, 2023
Hoi An food is rich and diverse, having their own characteristics of the Central coast. They are traditional, simple and extremely cheap.

The diversity of food in Hoi An

Besides Vietnamese foods, visitors can find Chinese and Western-style dishes when going to Hoi An city (Quang Nam province)

Cao Lau is one of the unique foods in Hoi An. It is rather elaborate to prepare and cook Cao Lau, from making the noodles to soaking bean sprouts in boiled water.

Cao Lau is often enjoyed with fresh vegetables from Tra Que vegetable village (also in Hoi An), char siu, and some other spices.

Chicken rice is a popular dish in Vietnam but it has an own flavour in Hoi An. So, chicken rice is a must-try dish in Hoi An.

Its taste makes the dish unforgettable as it is made by following a special recipe.

In particular, rice and chicken should be selected carefully. Other components of the dish are also made by using an own method.

Stir-fried mussels is one of the most attractive rustic dishes in Hoi An.

Mussels are washed and stir-fried with onions, garlic, and fragrant knotweed.

When it is enjoyed, people usually put some roasted peanuts to increase the flavour of the dish.

Stir-fried mussels is eaten with rice paper and sweet - spicy fish sauce. Visitors can find the dish along the Hoai River and night market.

Water fern cake (banh beo) is a favourite dish for a lot of people when they arrive in Hoi An.

It is made of rice flour. The filling of banh beo is mainly made from shrimp and meat. Water fern cake is served on a tray of several cakes. When it is enjoyed, table companions have to put fish sauce in it.


Sweet corn soup is made from the local corns; so, it has an own taste.

Quang Nam News - - April 18, 2023