Hoi An has become increasingly known overseas for its stunning array of Vietnamese food. It’s street food and the laneways and alleys of the town, packed with restaurants and eateries. The markets and food halls, fresh seafood, and a wide range of unique Hoi An specialities. From the glitzy fusion spots of the tourist precinct to the cramped, chaotic hawkers and coffee houses, where the locals meet for snacks and late-night drinks. From the roadside vendors touting chicken rice or mango cake to the clusters of miniature red plastic chairs that denote a street vendor selling local food delights. It’s impossible to walk for five minutes in this town without coming across something delicious, new or interesting to eat.
Hoi An is a street food town full of local specialities. For instance, even the dishes served in the restaurants began their days as street food. Cao Lau, Mi Quang and Com Ga are all working people’s meals. Firstly designed for wolfing down on your break; satisfying, healthy, and quick.
Standards are generally quite high, and although most street vendors or hawkers will only sell one or two dishes, 10 metres down the street there will be another stall selling something different. So as you walk around, keep an eye out for the places the locals flock to for meals. Above all, if you see a place packed with locals, you know it’s serving something great. So pull up a ludicrously tiny red stool, and eat like a local.
So, let’s talk about some Hoi An specialities. We discuss local dishes, what they are, and where to find them. We can’t claim to know where the best version of every dish is. There are simply just too many people selling great food in this town. Every local, blogger and ex-pat has their own opinion on which is the all-time greatest. However, after extensive research, and full stomachs, we can tell you where to find a very good example of each dish, for a reasonable price.