1. Quang Noodle
Quang Noodle is a popular dish in Hoian ancient town. It includes a bowl of thin, flat rice noodles glazed with a mixture of peanut oil fried with onion and yellow broth.The traditional main ingredients are shrimp and pork which are also used to cook broth and as toppings together with peanuts and rice crackers. But the dish has gradually become diverse with more toppings like chicken, fish, squid, eggs, snails, and even frogs.
Quang noodle is a popular dish in Hoian
You can easily find a lot of Quang noodle eateries along streets in Hoian. But to enjoy a perfect traditional bowl of Quang noodle, you should visit small eateries on Truong Minh Luong street and Nguyen Hue street.
2. Chicken rice
Chicken rice is delicious fluffy rice cooked in chicken broth with a tiny bit of turmeric for increasing color and flavor. Chicken in the dish is torn into small pieces and then mashed with crushed onions, Vietnamese coriander and the other spices. And then all raw materials are mixed together to create an attractive plate of chicken rice in both its appearance and taste. The dish is served with a small bowl of soup including some chicken giblets like heart and liver and decorated with peppermint, papaya and salted onions. The important thing to make delicious chicken rice is the quality of chicken and rice. The local people have to season the rice before cooking it with chicken broth and pandan leaves on wood-fired clay ovens.
The price of each chicken rice plate is about from 30000-40000VND. For a traditional chicken rice, you should not miss chance to enjoy the dish at Ba Buoi on 22 Phan Chu Trinh Street and its next-door neighbor Ty, and a street stall named Huong on Le Loi street.
3. Cao Lau
Cao lau is a perfect combination of delicious dark pork broth with fat yellow noodles and slices of juicy pork. Specially, the noodles must be made with the water from one of the guarded ancient Cham wells hidden throughout Hoian. Cao lau is usually served with bean sprouts, slices of crispy croutons and green vegetables which must be taken from Tra Que village, an ancient village famous from producing fresh vegetables throughout Hoian.
Although its appearance looks like Chinese and Japanese noodles, Cao lau is a symbolic dish of Hoian cuisine and brings a special taste of this land. If you want to enjoy Cao lau with local taste and local price, you should go to Thanh Cao Lau at 24 Thai Phien street, a famous eatery for Cao lau in Hoian and enjoy a bowl of Cao lau with only 25000VND. In addition, Ms.Vy’s Morning Glory restaurant at 106 Nguyen Thai Hoc street is also a good option for you to enjoy Cao lau in a large space with air conditioner.
4. Banh Xeo
Walking along small streets in Hoian, tourists cannot help hearing the joyful sound of cooking and smelling attractive flavor of banh Xeo coming out of street stalls. This dish is really suitable for enjoying hot in the cold season. Unlike banh Xeo in many other regions of Vietnam, banh Xeo in Hoian is mainly stuffed with shrimp rather than pork or beef. This dish is usually eaten with hulled mung bean and bean sprout and a lot of herbs and green vegetables to decrease fatty taste of oil and increase flavor for banh Xeo.
To enjoy a delicious plate of banh Xeo, Ba Le Well Restaurant at 45/51 Tran Hung Dao street is highly recommended with the average price is very cheap, about 5000VND/piece.
5. Banh Dap
Banh Dap is a very simple dish in Hoian, but its specially delicious taste easily makes the big impression on foreign tourists. This dish simply contains two kinds of rice paper: one is white, thin and sticky and another is dry, crispy and brittle. Banh Dap requires a right eating way to enjoy fully the delicious taste of the dish. Firstly, you place a wet pancake on a sticky one. Then apply some mung bean paste and place some fried chopped shallots and shredded spring onion. Lastly, don’t forget add another dry pancake before breaking the sandwich with the hand. The dish must be eaten with “mam cai”, a kind of fermented and salted fish paste that is very similar to the central region.
You should enjoy banh Dap at Ba Gia located in Hamlet 1, Cam Nam Commune. The average price is about 8000VND for a delicious plate.