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5 Best Hoi An Dishes - For the foodies!

The Hoi An cuisine has influences from the French, Japanese and the Chinese. You can expect a truly exquisite meal. Here are some of the best dishes you have to try in Hoi An.


Cao Lau

Cau Lau is the signature dish in town, therefore, there is no good reason to miss out on it. Besides, it tastes exquisite thus, when exploring Hoi An's best dishes, the Cau lau needs to top the list. The dish is basically a rice noodle served with croutons, greens and pork that has been barbecued. The delicacy is available only in Hoi An as the elements needed for its cooking are only found here. Almost all restaurants here serve the Cau lau, and you can buy it for prices ranging from 10,000 VND to 50,000 VND. If you're looking for Hoi An restaurants, serving good local food, then you can start checking restaurants the likes of Anantara Hoi An Resort for a good dining experience.


Com Ga

Asia is full of incredible rice and noodle dishes, and Hoi An is no exception. When in the beautiful city of Hoi An, the Com Ga is the rice dish you need to opt for. Why? Well, the rice itself is full of fragrance and flavour made with fresh spices and herbs, shredded chicken, chilli jam, and peppers. Although this dish is popular throughout Southeast Asia, in Hoi An, however, only chicken raised in farms are used, with the best quality rice. The rice is initially boiled in chicken stock, pandan leaves, and a dash of turmeric and placed in clay ovens powered by wood fire. The flavour and the aroma are just heavenly!


Banh Bao Vac

The Banh Bao Vac are dumplings that are made to perfection and look like little white roses. A dumpling is prepared by first getting wrapped by a slice of pork or shrimp filling in a rice dough. Afterwards, the wrapping is steamed. Once this is complete, the Banh Bao Vac is plated with shallots with a serving of a dipping sauce full of flavour. The dipping sauce is made out of chillies, sugar, lemon and a shrimp broth.


Banh Xeo

If you are craving to try some of the local snacks in town, then the Banh Xeo is the one. This snack is made out of coconut milk, rice flour, turmeric, vermicelli noodles, onions, mushroom, bean sprouts, shrimps and chicken beef or pork slices. Seems like a lot of ingredients, for a snack, right? Well, all these ingredients make up for the incredible taste that will tantalise your taste buds. You can find the Banh Xeo at markets, restaurants and street vendors.


Banh Mi

The Banh Mi is a popular baguette of the Vietnamese that really shouldn't be missed out. This is a favourite among locals and tourists alike. When in Vietnam, everyone reaches for a Banh Mi; it's the best comfort food in town. This baguette is packed with a filling that comprises of pickled vegetables, soy sauce, chillies, cilantro, butter, pate, and peppers. You also have the option of choosing the meat you want to be added to the Banh Mi.