What to eat in Hoi An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

Last year I went on an amazing adventure to Vietnam with a strong focus on eating as much amazing Vietnamese food as was physically possible. Exploring the world via my stomach is always going to be the focus. One of the highlights of the trip was a few days spent in Hoi An in Central Vietnam and going on the Last Great Taste of Hoi An food tour.

I booked in advance on the referral of a friend and the tour was a hugely insightful and delightful. It’s been rated as one of the world’s 15 fabulous food tours by National Geographic Traveller and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Neville, an ex pat Australian and now a resident of Hoi An runs daily tours with help from his wife Colleen and a local guide. You will not meet an English-speaking person more passionate and knowledgeable about Vietnamese food than Neville. 

The last great Food Tour of Hoi An

They pick you up from your hotel in this quaint ancient town and then you head to the Tan An Market where the culinary adventure starts. It’s a walking tour with a few stops to meet food producers and taste around 44 different dishes. You get a great insight into the culture as well as the cuisine of Vietnam and this was fascinating to me. Understanding how the French and Americans influenced to food of the country. Neville also shares all his recommendations to have clothes, jewellery, bags or shoes made, so its advisable to do the tour near the beginning of your time in Hoi An.

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, VietnamWhere to eat out in Hoi An

These are a couple of restaurants we ate in which I can highly recommend:

Nu Eatery (Vietnamese/Fusion) : 

A little tricky to find tucked down a small alley to the right fairly soon after you go through the Japanese Bridge. Bookings advisable and expect absolutley delicious food.

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

Am (Vegetarian), 33D Ly Thai To Street. Try the Japanese (savory) Cake – a pizza-like dish. We were very fortunate to have Neville and Colleen join us for dinner here and he took care of all the ordering. Phenomenal food.

These are a few other of Neville’s recommendations that I didn’t get to try but will definitely do on my next visit if I can be drawn away from Nu and Am.

Du Vit Restaurant, 07 Thai Phien Street. World’s Best Mango Salad; Spring Rolls – both fried & fresh; Fried Wontons with Salsa. Excellent cooking class.

Son (Vietnamese), Tel 0510 3861 172, 232 Cua Dai Road – ask for Special Menu – ­Duck w/- Orange Sauce; Prawns w/- Garlic Sauce; Lotus Salad; Cassava Salad Exotic Vietnamese garden setting.

Minh Hien Quan Chay Restaurant (Vegan) , 50 Tran Cao Van Street – A fantastic food experience for vegan or otherwise.

Pho Xua (Vietnamese) , 35 Phan Chau Trinh Street, – special salads and noodle dishes – #4 Salad Nunu; #10 Nem Ram; #13 Bun 5 vi (noodles); #19 Bun Cha (noodles with char-grilled pork) – unbelievable value

Thuan Y (Vietnamese), 94 Bach Dang Street (Ancient Town waterfront) ­ Manager: Ms Plum ­ Fish in Banana Leaf; Calamari w/- Lemongrass & Chilli; Fresh Beer (VND8,000/40cents) – Shabby chic – not chic

Where to find the best Banh Mi in Hoi An

I had seen Anthony Bourdain devour a Banh Mi from Banh mi Phoung and claim it as ‘the best sandwich he had ever eaten’ so we obviously had to give it a try. We had also heard about Madam Khanh’s (The Banh Mi Queen) rendition so that was the very first thing we ate as we arrived in Hoi An. We thought Madam Khanh’s was marginally better, and it was for me the best sandwich I had ever eaten. We had one on our way out too to double check our thoughts on the matter of the best Banh Mi in Hoi An. Ps – on the food tour we tasted another sample from another vendor which some locals claim is THE best, so my advice is to eat them all and then decide for yourself. It’s hard to imagine that something that filling and delicious only cost around $1 USD. I’ve been dreaming about it ever since.

Madam Khanh’s (The Banh Mi Queen)

Madam Khanh’s (The Banh Mi Queen)

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

Another place I really loved and recommend visiting is Reaching Out Teahouse. Its the best place to take a break from the very noisy and bustling streets of Hoi An and step into a tranquil space that supports deaf & hearing impaired women. The silent tea ceremony is beautiful and they offer a few delicious tea snacks. They also have a lovely courtyard in the back if you prefer being outside. 

Reaching OUt Teahouse, Hoi An

Reaching OUt Teahouse, Hoi An

Reaching OUt Teahouse, Hoi An

Reaching OUt Teahouse, Hoi An

Here are a few pics from the tour and of the town of Hoi An:

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

We stayed at a really lovely 3-star hotel that I can highly recommend called Thuy Duong 3 and conveniently located near the ancient town and with a pool (which is pretty essential at all times in this very humid part of the world).

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

What to eat in Ho An, Vietnam

To see my other posts on my trip and loads of pictures, check out:

Vietnam in pictures, part 1

Vietnam in pictures part 2

Vietnam in pictures part 3

 

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9 Responses to What to eat in Hoi An, Vietnam

  1. louise May 18, 2017 at 10:24 am #

    We went to Vietnam last year in February, spent time in Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoy Ann and Nha Trang. It was such an unbelievably amazing experience, right through from the culture, sights sounds to the delicate tastes.
    Thanks for sharing your pics Sam – brings back memories of the beautiful town. Will definitely do the foot tour with our next trip.

  2. Laura Fox May 18, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

    Thank you for sharing these amazingly beautiful photos.

  3. Lizzie May 19, 2017 at 3:05 am #

    We had the best time in Hoi an last year! Its such a beautiful town and the food we had was fantastic. We visited Yaly Couture while we were there and on the spur of the moment i ended up having my wedding dress made!

  4. Loren May 19, 2017 at 8:10 am #

    Stunning pictures, thanks for sharing Sam. What camera lenses do you travel with? Never know what equipment to pack to get the most out of my visit

  5. Sam May 19, 2017 at 8:59 am #

    Thanks Loren. I shot those with my Canon 5D mark III and I used my 24 – 70mm L lens which is a great lens to travel with as it gives you so much scope. The downside is that it’s very heavy.

  6. Sam May 19, 2017 at 8:59 am #

    That would be the perfect place to have a wedding dress made. I wish I had more clothes made (and jewellery)

  7. Sam May 19, 2017 at 9:01 am #

    Thanks so much Laura and its a pleasure x

  8. Loren May 19, 2017 at 9:10 am #

    Thanks Sam

  9. cornevanrensburg May 25, 2017 at 8:45 pm #

    It looks amazing and the pictures are fantastic. I will definitely put a trip like this on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing!

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