Experience Vietnamese cuisine – The authentic food of Hoi An

Hoi An is nicknamed the Culinary Heaven by tourists because of the unique and complex taste offered by the food of Hoi An. It’s truly a paradise for food lovers.


Made from local ingredients unique to Hoi An or the Quang Nam region, most of the Hoi An dishes cannot be found outside of Hoi An. Or only as replicas that will never taste the same as what you would find in Hoi An.


For those who do not know where to find the “real” taste of Hoi An, here are some suggestions.

Cao Lau


Cao lau is a must-try when coming to Hoi An. It’s a signature dish in Quang Nam and it is said that only in Hoi An, you can taste the authentic Cao Lau. It is flat rice noodle soup, served with roast pork, green vegetables and herbs and crunchy croutons.


What makes Cao Lau unique to Hoi An and different to any other rice noodle soup you find in Vietnam is the noodles. The noodles were soaked in the local water drawn from the local well, mixed with ashes from local trees in Cham Island. This gives the noodles a yellow-ish colour and a firmer and more chewy texture, unique to Hoi An Cao Lau.


You can run into a Cao Lau served-eatery anywhere in the old town, but our favourite is Thanh Cao Lau at No.26 Thai Phien street. This small restaurant makes the “real” Cao Lau for Hoi An.


Food of Hoi An - Cao Lau

Com ga Hoi An – Hoi An Chicken Rice


Another signature dish of Hoi An, the chicken rice dish here served with shredded chicken tossed with lime dressing and fresh herbs, mainly Vietnamese mint. The rice is cooked in chicken stock, it is rich, fragrant and full of flavour. Many restaurants also add tumeric in their rice for the rich magestic yellow colour, shiny and inviting. And true to many Vietnamese dish, Hoi An chicken rice is always served with a side of fresh salad


As a familiar eatery in Hoi An since the 1950s of the 20th century, Madame Buoi Chicken Rice at 22 Phan Chau Trinh Street is a long-standing rice chicken restaurant. With its family secrets, this place is always crowded with customers due to the quality of the dish.

Bánh Bao Vạc (White Rose Dumpling)


This is yet another unique specialty of Hoi An. The dumplings made from rice flour and water from Hoi An famouse well, filled with minced shimp and pork, then carefully folded to the shape of a delicate white rose. The dumplings are then steamed to a translucent colour and served with a generous sprinkle of fried shallots.


Such a complex and delectable dish, this is Vietnamese answer to Taiwanese Xiao Long Bao


Available at most local restaurants in Hoi An, but it is believed that most of the banh bao vac are supplied by a local family residing at 533 Hai Ba Trung Street, where you can also witness how this trademark dish is made.

Street food along the Hoai River


In the afternoon, along the Hoai river, there is numerous vendors selling various type of Hoi An’s specialities. In particular, Banh uot cuon thit nuong – wet rice pancake rolled with grilled pork is a favourite dish here. Sitting by the riverside and take a bite of hot smoky skewers will definitely be an incredible experience for you.


Where to stay in Hoi An


While discovering all the authentic delightful food of Hoi An, we recommend you to stay at Vinpearl Hoi An Resort. A full service 5-star resort and spa, you can enjoy the best services and get recharged for your next journey.