Having spent just over a week in Hội An, my best advice re eating well is to hire a bike and head out early! Ride around the streets looking for places that have set up their roadside kitchens to entice the local population on their way to work or school.
You’ll find street food served throughout the day, but eating early doors offers the widest selection and most authentic dishes.
Naturally, the closer you get to the old town’s well-preserved trading port on the banks of the Thu Bồn river, the more touristy the offerings get.
Most guides suggest various restaurants or the “Central Food Market” (where they have “sanitized” the street food), but I prefer to find the smaller places who specialise in one or two specific dishes. Often using a recipe that has been perfected by the family or generations.
Up a side street or away from the crowds is where you’ll most likely find the “hidden gems” and true taste of Vietnam.
That said, the markets are certainly a good place to soak up the atmosphere and view the local produce.
Bánh Mì Ốp La (Sunnyside Up Eggs with Bread)
Cơm Gà (Chicken Rice)
Mực Khô (Dried squid)
Hột Vịt Lộn (Balut / fertilised duck egg)
Bánh Xèo (Sizzling pancakes)
Bánh Bèo (Water Fern Cake)
Nộm Phù (Tofu Salad)
Bún Bò (Vermicelli Noodle Broth & Beef)
Bánh Bột Lọc (White Rose Dumplings)
Phở (Beef Pho at Phở Liến)
Ốc Lể (Sea Snails – a seasonal speciality available between March to May, eten with a thorn)
Bún Gà (Vermicelli Noodle Broth & Rooster)
Cá Lóc (Snakehead Fish)
Bún Giò Huyết (Vermicelli noodle broth, pork knuckle & congealed pig’s blood)
Bắp Nướng Mỡ Hành (Grilled corn, basted with spring onion oil)
Cháo Lòng (Offal Porridge)
Bánh Căn Trứng Cút (Quail Egg Pancakes)
Chè Hạt Sen (Lotus Seed Soup)
Bánh Mì Phuong
Madam Khanh - Bánh Mì Queen
Phi Banh Mi
Cơm Tấm (Broken rice with grilled pork)
Thịt Nướng (Barbeque)
Mì Quảng (Quảng style noodle)
Cao Lầu (Hoi An’s signature noodle dish)