Top 13 Hoi An Street Foods You Must Try

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Overview of Hoi An Street Food

Hoi An is known as the former trading port of the world in the 15th and 16th centuries. It is not only famous for the ancient town which was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1999, beautiful lanterns, friendly people, but also the cuisine paradise of Vietnam. Hoi An fantastic cuisine has evolved over time by combining Chinese, French, and Japanese influences, but it remains unique with local recipes and flavorful ingredients.

Hoi An street food is considered the most symbolic and rewarding with its classic specialties and reasonable prices. To enrich your food adventure in the cultural city, Vietnam Shore Excursions has rounded up 13 of the finest Hoi An’s street food and one of the best places to eat them below.

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Let’s explore Hoi An Street Foods and eat like a local

Top 13 Hoi An Street Foods You Must Try

Banh Mi – The world-famous Vietnamese street food in Hoi An

Banh mi, meaning “bread,” is a Vietnamese version of a French baguette with balanced ingredients and scrumptious local tastes. Banh mi is thin and crunchy bread stuffed with various fillings, generally pork, fried eggs, pate or chicken, and homemade tangy sauce. The classic banh mi in Hoi An is distinctive in that it has a lot of vegetables, such as lettuce, cucumbers, pickled carrots, and coriander. Every bite into a banh mi consists of a perfect combination of spicy, salty, sweet, and crispy textures.

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Banh mi – The classic Hoi An street food that has become a global sensation

Banh mi has unarguably gained worldwide popularity and local preference thanks to its exquisite flavor, cheapness, and convenience. As the favorite Hoi An street food, Banh mi is found on every street corner in the town. One of the most reputable banh mi shops is Banh Mi Phuong, which has obtained approval from food reviewers and travel journalists, notably celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.

  • Average costs: 15.000 ~ 40.000 VND/a banh mi
  • Where to eat Banh Mi: Bánh Mì Phượng – 2B Phan Chau Trinh Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City

Quang noodle – The best street food Hoi An you cannot afford to miss

Mi quang (Quang-style noodle) is an exclusive Central Vietnamese noodle dish that originated from Quang Nam Province, where Hoi An is a part of it. A typical bowl of mi quang contains many ingredients, including flat rice noodles, a little bone broth, slices of pork, beef or chicken, shrimp, and quail eggs. To balance its flavors, the dish can be ordered with rice crackers, fresh vegetables, and herbs like basil, peanuts, mint, and coriander.

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Mi Quang – a must-try Hoi An street food

Some people may hesitate because of the yellow color of the noodles in Mi Quang. But it comes from turmeric and is totally healthy. Having a bowl of warm mi quang is such a great way to start your day in Hoi An City beside another Hoi An street food.

  • Average costs: 30.000 ~ 45.000 VND/a bowl
  • Where to eat Mi Quang: Dì Hát (Quang Hat Noodles) – 81 Phan Chau Trinh Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City

Cao Lau – The iconic food of Hoi An cuisine

Cao lau is a renowned noodle specialty invented in Hoi An. It embodies the delicious fusion of Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese cuisine. This Hoi An iconic dish includes Japanese udon-like noodles, pieces of roasted pork resembling Chinese char siu, raw greens, beansprouts, crunchy croutons, along with the Hoi An-style special sauce. Locals often mix cao lau with lime juice, Vietnamese chili paste, and fresh sliced chili to add extra flavors.

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Should not miss Cao Lau for Hoi An street food tours

It has been said that the secret recipe of the authentic Hoi An’s cao lau uses water from an ancient mysterious well – Ba Le well, jungle wood ash from Cham Islands, and organic herbs from Tra Que gardens. This is the reason why you should not miss out on the unique cao lau in Hoi An City.

The origin of cao lau’s name also arouses the curiosity of foodies. Cao lau means “high storey” in Vietnamese because back in the 17th century, it was an exclusive dish served for the upper classes who would dine on the upper floors of restaurants. The social hierarchy has been removed in modern times, but people still keep its name as a signature of Hoi An street food.

  • Average costs: 25.000 ~ 44.000 VND/a bowl
  • Where to eat Cao Lau: Bà Bé Cao Lau – Central Market, 19 Tran Phu Street, Cam Chau Ward, Hoi An City

Chicken rice – A delectable Hoi An specialty 

The origin of Hoi An chicken rice is associated with the famous Hainanese chicken rice brought by Chinese immigrants in Quang Nam Province. Hoi An locals used seasoned pilaf rice and shredded poached chicken as major ingredients and added assorted salads of shredded green papaya and carrots, onions, and herbs to meet Vietnamese taste.

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Chicken Rice – a Hoi An street food with with an array of colorful ingredients

Hoi An chicken rice also goes with rubbery hard-boiled egg yolk, chicken broth, soy sauce, and chili jam. The fragrant rice is cooked with poached chicken broth, turmeric, and pandan leaves on a wooden stove, giving it an appealing golden yellow color.

  • Average costs: 35.000 ~ 40.000 VND/a plate
  • Where to eat Chicken Rice: Cơm gà Bà Buội – Phan Chau Trinh Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City

Water fern cake – The delicious street food in Hoi An Vietnam

Banh beo is a small steamed rice cake smothered by an orange sauce of dried shrimp, ground pork, scallions, oil, and rice vinegar. The savory cake is also finished with fish sauce and crispy fried shallots. Vendors often serve a round tray of five tiny cups of banh beo and flat teaspoons for customers to scoop the cake out easily.

  • Average costs: 2.000 ~ 5.000 VND/a cup
  • Where to eat Water Fern Cake: Bà Bảy (Aunt Bay’s Banh Beo) – 2 Hoang Van Thu Street (on the corner of the old wall), Hoi An City
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Water Fern Cake is simple but astoundingly tasteful – a perfect late afternoon snack for your Hoi An street food tour

Wonton – A signature dish in Hoi An style

Wonton, known as Hoi An pizza (Hoanh thanh chien in Vietnamese), was first introduced by Chinese traders and adjusted to local taste. The Hoi An wonton features unwrapped deep-fried wontons topped with some salsa-like mix of shrimp, husked pork, minced onions, vegetables, and different spices. The richness of the dumplings is softened by dipping them with a mixture of chili sauce, soya sauce, and vinegar.

  • Average costs: 40.000 ~110.000 VND/a plate
  • Where to eat Wontons: Van Loc Restaurant – 27 Tran Phu Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City
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Fried Wonton – A signature dish of Hoi An Street Foods

Grilled pork over vermicelli – A tasty dish in Hoi An’s street food markets

Bun thit nuong is slightly different from bun cha in Hanoi. This Hoi An’s street food basically involves a healthy mix of white vermicelli rice noodles, green chilies, chopped lettuce, cucumber, basil, mint, and peanut-based gravy. The dish is then filled with sweet and peppery pork slices grilled over charcoal stoves. Finally, fresh herbs and fish sauce come along with bun thit nuong, which determines this Hoi An food’s delicate texture.

  • Average costs: 30.000 ~ 45.000 VND/a bowl
  • Where to eat Bun Thit Nuong: Cô Bảy – Section 5 of Central Market, 19 Tran Phu Street, Cam Chau Ward, Hoi An City
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Grilled pork over vermicelli in Hoi An street food market

Wet cake served with grilled meat (Banh uot thit nuong)

Wrapping grilled meat skewers with wet cake is another way to savor this ubiquitous street food in Hoi An. The meat is first marinated in spicy powder, pepper, lemongrass, shallot, rice wine, and honey, then gripped into bamboo sticks before being grilled over charcoal. If prepared well, wet rice papers are wrapped around the grilled meat with aromatic herbs, pickles, and sour slices of star fruit. Its decisive condiment is the thick and spicy dipping sauce blended with soybean paste, peanuts, and chilies. Indeed, all these ingredients create a fabulous fusion of flavors that will captivate you on the first bite.

  • Average costs: 15.000 ~ 40.000 VND/a tray
  • Where to eat Wet cake and grilled meat:  Bale Well Restaurant – 45/51 Tran Hung Dao Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City
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Should not miss grilled pork with wet rice paper for Hoi An street foods

Vietnamese spring rolls 

Fans of Vietnamese food are definitely familiar with the typical favorite – spring rolls. This Hoi An’s street food is packed with rice vermicelli, veggies, slivers of meat, and shrimp, before being neatly rolled in a soft rice paper and dunked in fish sauce or peanut sauce. Vietnamese spring rolls are a healthy choice for an appetizer because they taste refreshing and yummy with little oil and almost zero fat.

  • Average costs: 5.000 VND/a roll
  • Where to eat Spring Rolls: Ram Spring Roll Restaurant – 33 Cua Dai, Hoi An City
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Vietnamese spring rolls are a great option for Hoi an street foods

Vietnamese pancake – An unmissable delicacy in the Hoi An food tour

Banh xeo is a sophisticated delicacy that can be found all over Vietnam, but its version in Hoi An has a characteristic flavor. Banh xeo features a savory and crispy crepe made of deep-fried rice flour squeezed with coconut milk and turmeric spice powder. The pancake is then dressed with abundant toppings, typically pork, prawns, sliced onions, bean sprouts, garlic chives, and mushrooms.

The proper way to eat a Vietnamese pancake is to wrap it in a sheet of rice paper with some lettuce leaves and herbs before dipping it into fermented peanut sauce or fish sauce. The size of Hoi An’s banh xeo is smaller than that of other versions, which makes it easier to roll up. You can find the pancake at roadside food stalls, local markets, and street restaurants in Hoi An.

  • Average costs: 30.000 ~ 40.000 VND/a plate
  • Where to eat Vietnamese Pancake: Bánh Xèo Sông Hoài (Bánh Xèo Cô Anh) – 59/32, 18/8 Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City
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Hoi An’s banh xeo – a must-eat for hoi an street foods

Mango cake – A special Hoi An street food

Unlike mango cakes in Nha Trang, Hoi An’s mango cake surprisingly contains no mango among its ingredients. The name comes from its mango-like shape. The cake is likened to Japanese mochi covered by chewy sticky rice. However, the mango cake’s fillings include crushed peanuts mixed with sugar which add a soft and mildly sweet texture. As Banh Xoai is a beloved Hoi An dessert, you can buy them at street vendors around the Old Town.

  • Average costs: 3.000 ~ 10.000 VND/a cake
  • Where to eat Mango Cake: Hoi An Market – 19 Tran Phu Street, Cam Chau Ward, Hoi An City
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Banh Xoai Hoi An makes for an addictive on-the-go snack

Corn sweet soup – A “sweet gift” of Hoi An street food

Che bap is a popular dessert in Hoi An. Its key ingredient is made from the best flavored Cam Nam corns that provide the soup’s mildly sweet and natural flavors. The luscious iced/warm corn soup, drenched in thick coconut milk, will surely indulge your sweet tooth.

  • Average costs8.000 ~ 15.000 VND/a cup
  • Where to eat Corn Sweet Soup: Chè Bắp Cô Nga – 45, Le Loi Street, Hoi An City
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Visitors can find che bap in Hoi An street food markets or night markets

White rose dumpling

Banh Bao banh vac, another regional street food, should be on every tourist’s must-try list. The nickname simply comes from its likeness to white roses. The steamed dumplings have chewy rice wrappers and succulent fillings of shrimp, minced pork, and mushrooms. Chefs will place them nicely on a plate sprinkled with crispy shallots and green onions, then serve them with a mixture of fish sauce, chili, and sugar.

  • Average costs: 40.000 ~ 70.000 VND/a plate
  • Where to eat White Rose Dumplings: Bong Hong Trang Restaurant – 533 Hai Ba Trung Street, Cam Pho Ward, Hoi An City
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A plate of warm and fluffy white rose dumplings will definitely make your day in the traditional city of Vietnam

Along with rich traditions, Hoi An City boasts outstanding cuisine with international influences and local traits. There are countless choices of Hoi An food dishes and a vast number of good restaurants. Hopefully, our list of the 13 mind-blowing Hoi An street food and the best place to eat them will be helpful for your culinary experience in the cultural city of Vietnam.

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