Are you a foodie and love to travel? Hoi An is located on Vietnam’s central coast and is home to some of the best restaurants and food tours in the country. Here’s why you need to make your next cuisine-inspired stopover in Hoi An, Vietnam.
Take a Village Food Tour
Embark on a Vietnamese tasting tour of Hoi An and try some of the country’s most famous dishes. Tra Que Garden is a must-do food tasting experience. The tour’s head chef will guide you through the local market and introduce you to the local farmers of the food products you will use to cook. There are three separate cooking class packages at Tra Que Garden that range between three and five hours. After this tour, you will be an expert on Vietnamese cooking.
Top Restaurants to Visit
Morning Glory is one of the most popular restaurants in Hoi An - and for a good reason. Owned by celebrity chef and author Trinh Diem Vy, Morning Glory was named after a type of resilient water spinach which she says reflects the resilient Vietnamese people that have thrived for generations in difficult areas.
If there’s one must-try meal, it’s the Cao Lau - a unique dish created with the region’s signature thick rice noodles, topped with pork, herbs and sprouts. Traditional Cao Lau cannot be replicated outside of Hoi An, because the water used in the dish must be drawn from an ancient well known as the Ba Le Wel. The specific solution used to make the noodles comes from trees grown on Cham island and is combined with ashes from certain trees, giving the noodles their incredibly unique colour and texture.
No trip to Vietnam is complete until you’ve sampled the local Banh Mi. Our recommendation for the best in Hoi An is Madam Khanh - the unofficial Banh Mi Queen. Located on the outskirts of the Old Town, this unassuming stall has served up the best Vietnamese fare for over 32 years.
Don’t let the modest shopfront fool you - Madam Khanh is something of a local icon, and is passionate about crafting the perfect sandwich. From slicing the meat, to picking the vegetables and cooking the eggs - every step is important. Madam Khanh’s goal is to make every tourist feel happy - and she excels at this. Her shop walls are covered with letters from tourists and travellers grateful for her delicious cooking. Visit anytime from 7am to 7pm for an unforgettable food experience.
Com Ga Ba Buoi
Com Ga Ba Buoi has been around since the 1950s, and only serves one specialty dish - so you know they do it right. The busy restaurant serves some of the best Com Ga in the country.
Com Ga is a traditional Vietnamese dish made with shredded chicken, rice, papaya, herbs, and broth. This tasty meal is packed with flavour and is a must-try for any serious foodie. Word does spread fast when it comes to good food, so make sure to get in early to avoid the crowds.
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