6 Local Dishes to Try in Hoi An
August 4, 2014
Our abridged meal-by-meal guide to where to eat now. By Lara Dunston.
Published on Aug 4, 2014
My quang (yellow noodles and pork)
Mr. Hai makes the most refined rendition of this popular breakfast noodle dish. Succulent char siu pork slices, fresh prawns and a quail egg rest atop silky turmeric rice noodles in a spiced pork broth. 6A Truong Minh Luong St.
2. MORNING SNACK
Hoanh thanh chien (fried wontons)
at Ms. Ly Café
In the kitchen of her centuries-old family home, Chef Ly produces the prettiest version of these flat fried shrimp wontons, which she tops with her made-to-order sweet and sour tomato salsa. 22 Nguyen Hue St.; +84 510 386 1603.
Com ga (chicken and rice)
at Com Ga Ba Buoi
Hoi An's take on Asia's ubiquitous chicken and rice is distinguished by fluffy yellow turmeric-tinted rice, shredded chicken, slivers of onion, black pepper and Vietnamese mint, with chicken broth on the side. 22 Phan Chu Trinh St.
Tau hu nuoc duong (silky tofu in ginger sauce)
at Nguyen Thai Hoc Street
Dessert is eaten following lunch or as an afternoon snack rather than with dinner in Hoi An and you'll find the best vendors a block from the Japanese Bridge. The silky tofu with a syrupy ginger sauce is the most sublime. Nguyen Thai Hoc St., where it meets Bach Dang St.
5. EVENING SNACK
Cao lau (Hoi An noodles and pork)
at Ty Cao Lau
As Mr. Ty sets up at 4:30 p.m., his plastic tables fill with customers waiting for a bowl of his coarse handmade noodles and roasted char siu pork drizzled with luxuriant broth and sprinkled with deep-fried dough. Corner of lane off Phan Chu Trinh St., one block west Le Loi St.
Banh uot thit nuong (barbecued pork skewer rolls)
at Mai Fish
The best lemongrass pork rolls in town are served riverfront at Mai Fish restaurant where you can leisurely roll your own pork (or beef or seafood) in soft rice paper sheets with pungent peanut sauce and fragrant herbs. 45 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St.; +84 510 392 5545.