Hoian Ancient Town is famous for not only its historical sites and tourist attractions but also its appetizing street foods. With its long history and culture as a vital traditional port in South-East Asian, sailors and businessmen from different countries came and left marks in this town. As a result, houses, buildings, bridges, religions as well as cuisine here were influenced by foreign features. For centuries, Hoian cuisine has brought a specific and unique flavor, and had the harmonious color and taste combination. Therefore, coming to Hoian without trying local cuisine here is definitely a waste. However, finding local foods and restaurants or stalls where have real local tastes is the matter for tourists. With our local experiences, we introduce you top must-try street food in Hoian – some outstanding specialities and places to enjoy in this ancient town.
With wide rice noodle, half salad, half soup and some other ingredients, Quang Noodle has become Quang Nam – Hoian iconic dishes. Thus, the name “Quang” is from “Quang Nam” province. A bowl of Quang Noodle includes wide rice noodle, rich and flavored broth, slices of pork, shrimp, peanuts, scallions, and fresh local vegetables which include lettuce, mint basil, and chopped banana flower.
Moreover, the rice noodle is mixed with some additives to make it crisp and leathery. Especially, the mystery of this noodle is the sauce because it is stewed from pig bone. Soft noodles with rich sauce make eaters can’t leave. There are many kinds of spice for you to choose: Quang chicken noodle, Quang pork and egg noodle, Quang frog noodle,…
Where to eat Quang Noodle in Hoian:
- Hat Quang Noodle: located in Bach Dang Wharf, Hoian.
- Mr.Hai Quang Noodle: 6A Truong Minh Luong, Hoian.
- Mrs.Minh Quang Noodle: 3km far away from Hoian Ancient Town, next to Thu Bon river.
Cao Lau – The Best Traditional Food in Hoian
Cao Lau is the foremost traditional dish in Hoian and is the proud of Hoian people. It includes fresh rice noodles, slice of barbecue pork, crackling, bean sprouts, lettuce and herbs. Besides, dry pancakes used as ingredient must be thick with a lot of sesame on the surface. Particularly, the noodles of Cao Lau is more special and can only taste well in Hoian because it is processed carefully with special things.
Fresh rice is soaked into ash water that the ash taken from Cham island – 16km far away from Hoian. During soaking process, the last noodles will be crisp, soft and dry. Then, makers grind rice into flour after filtering carefully. Especially, the water to mix with flour must be drawn from Ba Le well, which is dug a thousand year ago by the Champa. That is the reason why you can only taste the true flavor of Cao Lau in Hoian.
Where to eat Cao Lau in Hoian
- Thanh Cao Lau: 26 Thai Hien St, Hoian
- Trung Bac Cao Lau: 87 Tran Phu St, Hoian
- Ba Be Cao Lau: in the market in Tran Phu St, Hoian.
Hoian Chicken Rice
Although you can try chicken rice anywhere in Vietnam, Hoian chicken rice is always different from others. This simple dish includes rice, chicken, Vietnamese coriander, pickled carrots and papayas. With the unique cooking method, Hoian Chicken Rice will definitely impress on you.
Cook boil chickens, tear into small pieces, then mixed with onion, Vietnamese coriander and various spices to get the best flavor. In particular, rice is cooked with chicken broth to have yellow rice and sweetness from chicken. In addition, chicken meat is from free-range chickens raised in the countryside, so the meat is strong and nutritious. There are a delicious soup bowl and a pickled carrots and papayas plate to eat with the rice plate, too. For those reason, it is one of the top dishes of Hoian cuisine that you shouldn’t miss, a wonderful and mouth-watering chicken rice.
Where to eat Hoian Chicken Rice
Buoi Chicken Rice: 22 Phan Chau Trinh St, Hoian (the oldest stall in Hoian with 50-60 years)
Mrs.Ty Chicken Rice: 25-27 Phan Chau Trinh St, Hoian (opposite Mrs.Buoi Stall)
Ms. Huong Chicken Rice: 48 Le Loi St, Hoian
Hoian Bánh Mì – The Best Banh Mi in Vietnam
Hoian Banh Mi is recognized as “the best bread in the world“, and it is the street food that almost visitors want to try when traveling Vietnam. Banh Mi shows both simplicity and subtlety of Vietnamese cuisine. When you taste the first bite, you can be amazing because of the special mix of all ingredients and the crispiness of bread in your mouth. That’s a symphony in a bread! Be careful, with the best ingredients and best species, Hoian Banh Mi can make you addicted to it. What are you waiting for? Get to Hoian and try the best bread in the world.
Where to eat Banh Mi in Hoian:
- Banh Mi Phuong: 2B Phan Chau Trinh St, Hoian
- Madam Khanh – The Banh Mi Queen: 115 Tran Cao Van St, Hoian
- Banh Mi Bich: 57 Phan Chau Trinh St, Hoian.
White Rose Cake
This cake is one of the specialities written in many tourism books about Vietnam. With the elegant name for its shape and flavor, people call “White Rose Cake“. The main ingredients are rice flour and shrimp stuffing. In particular, the shrimp stuffing is crushed and mixed with peppers, onions, garlics, citronella and esoteric spices. Cooks knead rice flour into thin crust, and put the special stuffing inside, then create roses-shaped cakes.
White Rose Cakes are eaten with a specific fish sauce, including spicy, sour and sweet tastes in one sauce. You will be fall in love the impressive shrimp stuffing, the leathery and crispy of rice flour, the fragrance of fried onions on the surface of cakes, and three tastes in a sauce bowl.
Where to eat White Rose Cakes:
- White Rose Restaurant: 533 Hai Ba Trung, Hoian.
Time for dessert! A cool and sweet tube popsicle will complete your meal. In the inox box, there are small and round aluminize tubes, a characteristic to identify the street vendors by motorbike carrying tube Popsicle in Hoian. Additionally, tube popsicles is a part of beautiful childhood for the Vietnamese. The ingredients of this kind of ice-cream is simple and made by hands with sugar, milk, water, flavouring and a little salt. There are a lot of flavors, but chocolate, coconut and vanilla are the most popular. It’s little sweet, nice and cute so you can eat 2 or 3 popsicles, too.
Walking in the streets of Hoian Ancient Town in the afternoon, you can buy a tube popsicle to enjoy. Its sweetness and coldness melt in your mouth, dispelling your tiredness and the hot atmosphere of the Central area.
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