FINDING THE BEST BANH MI IN VIETNAM

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I’ll give you three reasons to lớn visit Hoi An – banh mi, com ga, và cao lau. They’re three of the best things you can eat in Hoi An, which is saying a lot because there’s plenty of good food to lớn be had in this central Vietnamese town.

When we first visited Hoi An in 2017, we were smitten with both the town itself và its amazing Vietnamese food. We didn’t know what khổng lồ expect so our first night in the ancient town made us feel like we had woken up in a dream. The multi-colored paper lanterns zig-zagging between rows of crumbling shophouses looked like something out of a fairy tale.

But as striking as the town is at first sight, you get used to it pretty quickly. The novelty fades and by the second or third night, we found the crowds of tourists in the ancient town to lớn be an inconvenience, even a nuisance.

But one thing that definitely doesn’t get old is the food. Hoi An is one of our favorite culinary cities in Vietnam, which is why I focused solely on Vietnamese food on my most recent trip. No sightseeing, no guided tours. Just coffee & the best central Vietnamese street food I could find.

The result is this Hoi An food guide of twenty restaurants và street food stalls offering many must-try dishes, including a few places khổng lồ have some of the best banh mi, com ga, và cao vệ sinh in town. If you travel for food like we do, then you’re going khổng lồ find this restaurant guide very useful.


HOI AN RESTAURANTS QUICK LINKS

To facilitate your Hoi An trip planning, I’ve compiled links to hotels, tours, and other services here.

HOTELS

Top-rated hotels in Hoi An Ancient Town, the most convenient area khổng lồ stay for people on their first trip to lớn Hoi An.

TOURS

OTHER SERVICES

HOI AN TRAVEL GUIDE

Before you visit Hoi An, be sure to check out our detailed Hoi An travel guide. It’ll tell you all you need lớn know – lượt thích how lớn get to Hoi An from da Nang Airport, what khổng lồ do, which cafes to lớn visit etc. – to lớn help you plan your trip.


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THE BEST HOI AN RESTAURANTS và STREET FOOD STALLS

There are many delicious dishes khổng lồ be had in Hoi An but for me, the holy trinity is comprised of com ga, banh mi, & cao lau, with mi quang being the fourth wheel. Being such important dishes, I made sure to lớn seek out at least three of the most recommended restaurants và street food stalls to lớn try each of these dishes.

For ease of navigation, I’ve grouped these twenty restaurants according khổng lồ the dish they specialize in. You can use the thực đơn below khổng lồ jump lớn specific sections within this guide.


Being a non-Vietnamese, I don’t claim lớn be an expert on any of these dishes. I can only tell you what tastes good to me. Taste is subjective so we won’t always agree, but I’ve listed my personal favorites below. You can click on the links to jump down to pictures & information about that specific restaurant.

BANH MI: Madam Khanh – The Banh mày QueenCOM GA: Long Com GaCAO LAU: Cao lau Khong Gian XanhMI QUANG: Ong nhị (Mr. Hai)

BANH MI

Banh mi and pho are two of the most well-known Vietnamese dishes outside of the country. Strictly speaking, term banh mi means “bread” but people use it to lớn refer lớn the sandwich. A small French baguette is split lengthwise and filled with any number of ingredients lượt thích liver pate, cold cuts, pickled vegetables, cucumber slices, và cilantro. It’s a light sandwich that’s typically eaten as a snack.

You can find banh mi pretty much anywhere in the country but the best sandwiches are said to lớn come from Hoi An, và it’s all because of the bread. No one really knows for sure why the bread in Hoi An is better, but some say it may be because of recipes left by the French in the mid-1800s. It could also be because of the type of flour used.

Whatever the reason, you’ll notice that the bread in Hoi An is indeed better than in most other parts of the country. It’s lighter và crisper and superior to lớn any banh mi I personally tried in Hanoi or Saigon, which is saying a lot because nearly every banh mày I had in Vietnam was amazing.

1. Banh mi Phuong

Banh mi Phuong is recognized by many, most importantly by locals, as one of the two best banh ngươi restaurants in Hoi An. It was the stall recommended by the late great Anthony Bourdain in a Vietnam episode of No Reservations. He ordered one with everything on it và called it a “symphony of a sandwich”.

We ordered this banh mày with pork, ham, & pate và it was indeed phenomenal. The bread is so light and crusty on the outside and soft and pillowy on the inside that it sort of crumbles in on itself when you take a bite. The bread truly is the star here so for me, it almost doesn’t matter what’s inside. It’ll be delicious regardless.

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That episode of No Reservations made this restaurant internationally famous so you’ll never find Banh ngươi Phuong without a long line of people waiting outside. But not to lớn worry, they have an assembly line of people making sandwiches so it moves fairly quickly.

You can see a shot of Anthony digging into his banh mày above the open sign in the picture below.

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Banh mày Phuong

Address: 2b Phan Chu Trinh, Cẩm Châu, Hoi An, Quảng phái nam 560000, VietnamOperating Hours: 6:30AM-9:30PM, dailyWhat to lớn Order: Banh miWhat We Paid: VND 15,000-25,000 per banh mi

2. Phi Banh Mi

Phi Banh ngươi has been open only since 2013 but judging from their perfect 5-star rating on TripAdvisor, they’ve already become a serious contender for the best banh ngươi in Hoi An.

If it’s my first time eating at a restaurant, then I’ll always go for the special. I ordered this Phi Special made with cheese, egg, pork, pate, cucumber, pickles, herbs, and copious amounts of avocado. It was good – the bread was terrific – but I sort of wished I had ordered something simpler. There was too much avocado in this one & it was pretty much all I could taste.

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Phi Banh ngươi is a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awardee with a perfect 5-star rating, which is amazing considering they’ve amassed almost 2,500 reviews. People clearly lượt thích this restaurant which is why I’ll be sure to lớn order something else on our next visit.

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Phi Banh Mi

Address: 88 Thái Phiên, Phường Minh An, Hoi An, Quảng Nam, VietnamOperating Hours: 8AM-8PM, dailyWhat to lớn Order: Banh miWhat We Paid: VND 15,000-40,000 per banh mi

3. Madam Khanh – The Banh My Queen

Madam Khanh, aka The Banh ngươi Queen, is the second restaurant with a reputation for serving the best banh mi in Hoi An. I ordered the mixed banh mi with vegetables, pork, ham, pate, egg, pickles, & cucumber. You can have your banh mày spicy, medium spicy, or not spicy. I had mine spicy.

Take a good look at the sauce on this banh mi. Aside from the bread, it’s what sets this sandwich apart. One bite sent me into pure banh mi bliss. This sandwich was phenomenal và a worthy rival khổng lồ Banh mi Phuong. It’s tough choosing between the two but I’d probably give the slight nod khổng lồ Madam Khanh because of the sauce. It was spicy, savory, & a little sweet. It’s what made this sandwich really sing.

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Like Banh mày Phuong, Madam Khanh is popular so expect a packed restaurant when you visit. The good news is that banh ngươi is easy lớn eat so you can get it khổng lồ go if the restaurant is full.

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Madam Khanh – The Banh mi Queen

Address: 115 Trần Cao Vân, Phường Minh An, Hoi An, Quảng Nam, VietnamOperating Hours: 6:30AM-7:30PM, dailyWhat lớn Order: Banh miWhat We Paid: VND 20,000-30,000 per banh mi

COM GA

Com ga is the Vietnamese version of Hainanese chicken rice. Originally from China, it found its way khổng lồ Hoi An by way of Chinese traders who settled in Quang nam giới Province. Many of these traders were from Hainan which is less than 450 km northeast of Hoi An.

Com ga is a dish of shredded poached chicken served with seasoned pilaf rice, shredded green papaya và carrot, fresh herbs, & a bowl of chicken broth that may or may not contain offal and cubes of congealed blood. It’s one of those deceptive dishes that looks tasteless but is absolutely packed with flavor.

We made the mistake of skipping com ga in 2017 so I made sure to lớn visit as many com ga restaurants as I could on this trip. It’s one of the best Asian food experiences I’ve had not just in Hoi An, but in all of Vietnam. Don’t miss it.

4. Com Ga ba Buoi

Com Ga tía Buoi has been around since the 1950s & is one of the most popular restaurants to have chicken rice in Hoi An. Và rightfully so – their com ga is delicious.

Isn’t their presentation pretty? The red on the plates adds màu sắc to what would otherwise look lượt thích a plain & visually unappealing dish. But boring & bland this isn’t. The combination of flavors và textures is wonderful. It achieves a balance that I’ve come lớn expect from many Vietnamese dishes.

I’ve had Singaporean chicken rice many times và one of the differences is that com ga is served with more stronger-tasting herbs lượt thích Vietnamese coriander và mint. This is presumably to help temper the richness of the rice which is cooked with the poached chicken broth. It’s also made with turmeric which is what gives it that lovely golden yellow color.

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Com Ga cha Buoi pairs their soft succulent shreds of chicken with a few cubes of congealed blood. If you’ve never had congealed chicken or pork blood before, it’s like a softer, less gritty version of liver. I’m drawn to dishes with lots of different textures which is one of the reasons why I enjoyed com ga so much.

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Of the three restaurants I visited, Com Ga ba Buoi seemed lớn be the most popular with tourists. It was packed when I was there for lunch. I didn’t have khổng lồ wait lớn be seated but do expect to cốt truyện crowded tables with other diners during peak hours.

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Com Ga bố Buoi

Address: 22 Phan Chu Trinh, Phường Minh An, Hoi An, Quảng Nam, VietnamOperating Hours: 10:30AM-2:30PM, 5-9PM, dailyWhat to lớn Order: Com gaWhat We Paid: VND 35,000 per order of com ga

5. Com Ga Hien

This was one of the restaurants I was most excited to visit in Hoi An, mainly because of its opening hours. They’re mở cửa only from 6PM to around 8:30PM everyday, which told me that it’s the type of restaurant visited mostly by locals, the kind you need to get khổng lồ early before they run out of food.

Com Ga Hien’s chicken rice was tasty as well but it was my least favorite of the three. I’m not exactly sure why, but it didn’t make me as wide-eyed as the other two restaurants on this list. The rice felt heavier and there seemed khổng lồ be less going on overall. They didn’t serve nearly as much offal and congealed blood either – just a few pieces in my soup and none on the rice.

I read that tourists in Hoi An are often given a tamer version of com ga, because locals feel they’d be put off by the offal. I believe it because servers in Hanoi restaurants would often try khổng lồ take my mam tom (Vietnamese shrimp paste) away. I always had to wrestle it back from them. I’m Asian dammit! I lượt thích the funky stuff! Ha!

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One of the best & most surprising things about chicken rice is how soft and tender the shredded chicken pieces are. You can almost taste its juiciness just by looking at this picture. The poaching process makes it super tender & incredibly tasty.

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Com Ga Hien isn’t located in the ancient town so you won’t find as many tourists here. As expected, this restaurant is exceedingly popular with locals so feel free to ignore the fact that it was my least favorite of the three. As described, taste is subjective & locals always know best. Perhaps this really is how com ga is supposed to lớn be.

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Com Ga Hien

Address: 593 Hai bố Trung, Minh An, Hoi An 560000, VietnamOperating Hours: 6-8:30PM, dailyWhat lớn Order: Com gaWhat We Paid: VND 40,000 per order of com ga

6. Long Com Ga

This was the best com ga I had in Hoi An. Com Ga tía Buoi was terrific but Long Com Ga gets the nod based on serving size, amount và variety of offal, và overall flavor. Just look at all that delicious offal và congealed blood on the plate. There’s even more in the soup.

Long Com Ga’s version had perfectly cooked rice – soft & fluffy without being greasy – và the best balance of flavors & textures. On top of all the offal, they give you an immature chicken egg as well. Immature eggs are unlaid eggs which are harvested after the chicken is slaughtered. If you’ve never had it, it’s lượt thích a smooth, somewhat rubbery hard-boiled egg yolk.

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Feast your eyes on that juicy piece of chicken & cube of congealed blood! This was the first com ga restaurant I visited & the first bite made me regret not having it in 2017. What were we thinking?!

I was in chicken rice heaven the whole time I was eating this plate of com ga. The fluffiness of the rice, the softness of the chicken, the crunch of the onions, the snap of the offal, the freshness of the herbs – everything was just perfect.

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I wasn’t exaggerating when I said they give you even more offal in the soup. This small bowl of tasty chicken broth was swimming in offal. I’m not sure what organs these bits were from (gizzard, intestines?) but they were delicious và tasted very clean. Some had a mushroom-like softness lượt thích the congealed blood while others had more crunch và snap, lượt thích gizzard.

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Long Com Ga is hidden in an alley in the ancient town so it’s easy lớn miss. It’s definitely worth seeking out so you can refer lớn the map at the bottom of this article to lớn see exactly where it is. You won’t want khổng lồ miss their com ga.

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Long Com Ga

Address: 16 Phan Chu Trinh, Phường Minh An, Hoi An, Quảng Nam, VietnamOperating Hours: 11AM-10PM, dailyWhat to Order: Com gaWhat We Paid: VND 35,000 per com ga

CAO LAU

Cao vệ sinh is the third dish that forms the holy trinity of Hoi An’s must-eats. It’s a rice noodle dish topped with cha siu pork, fresh herbs, bean sprouts, rice crackers, & deep-fried squares of pork skin. What makes cao lau a quintessential Hoi An dish are the noodles. Or more specifically, the water used lớn make them.

To create authentic cao lau, the water must be drawn from an ancient Cham well called the tía Le Well. Wood ash from trees that grow on Cham Island is mixed with the well’s alkaline water to lớn create a lye solution used khổng lồ pre-soak the noodles.

This chất lượng lye solution is what gives cao lầu noodles its distinctive yellow tinge and chewier texture. After soaking in the solution, the noodles are then smoked over an ash-burning furnace khổng lồ give them a smoky flavor.

Needless to say, authentic cao lau needs to be enjoyed in Hoi An. You’ll find cao lau restaurants everywhere in town, but these next five are among the most recommended. Honestly, it was hard to lớn pick a favorite because they were all delicious.

7. Cao vệ sinh Khong Gian Xanh

It was tough to choose, but this was probably the best cao vệ sinh I had in Hoi An. As described, they were all good so I’m basing that more on overall experience và value for money. The cao vệ sinh portions at the Khong Gian Xanh restaurant seemed bigger than the rest, with thicker & fattier cuts of roast pork.

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Here’s a closer look at the fatty slices of roast pork and those deliciously chewy cao vệ sinh noodles. Chewy, crunchy, soft, smokey, fatty – the contrast in taste và texture in a bowl of cao lau noodles is khổng lồ die for.

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Aside from its value, I enjoyed the ambiance at Cao lau Khong Gian Xanh as well. It’s located in a busy alley in the ancient town but it’s easy khổng lồ miss. We walked by it many times in 2017 without giving it a second glance. It’s a simple restaurant mix within a semi-open space with lots of trees & paper lanterns.

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Cao vệ sinh Khong Gian Xanh

Address: 687 nhị Bà Trưng, Phường Minh An, Hoi An, Quảng Nam, VietnamOperating Hours: 9:30AM-9PM, dailyWhat khổng lồ Order: Cao lauWhat We Paid: VND 35,000 per bowl of cao lau

8. Cao vệ sinh Thanh

Like Com Ga Hien, I think Cao lau Thanh is one of those very local restaurants that stays mở cửa only until its food runs out.

I went to lớn this restaurant twice, the first time around noon but the place was already closed. I’m not sure if they were just closed that day or had already run out of food, but I made sure to come back the following morning when they opened at 7AM.

The restaurant was already teeming with locals by then but thankfully, I was able lớn score this beautiful bowl of cao lau.

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This restaurant only serves cao lau so you know they make it well. But as delicious as it was, it had this funky, somewhat off-putting fishy taste that I didn’t like. I couldn’t put my finger on it then but I’d later find out that the fishy taste was from an herb called fish wort. It’s one of many fresh herbs often served as a side to lớn Vietnamese dishes.

Also known as fish leaf or fish mint, it’s a pungent herb that tastes similar to what it’s named after – fish. Just be aware of it should you get a taste of something herby and fishy in your cao lau or in any other dish in Vietnam.

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Cao lau Thanh is little more than a street food cart with metal tables and stools in a garage-type restaurant. They open at 7AM so come early if you can.

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Cao vệ sinh Thanh

Address: 26 Thái Phiên, Phường Minh An, Hoi An, Quảng Nam, VietnamOperating Hours: 7AM-7PM, dailyWhat to Order: Cao lauWhat We Paid: VND 30,000 per bowl of cao lau

9. Morning Glory

Morning Glory is the nicest restaurant on this list. Located in a prime spot in the heart of the ancient town, it’s one of the most popular restaurants in Hoi An. It’s owned by celebrity chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author Ms. Trinh Diem Vy who’s credited for creating the cooking course that launched all Hoi An cooking schools.

We ate here in 2017 & had two Vietnamese dishes, the first being this beautiful bowl of cao lau. It was absolutely delicious & one of the best versions of cao vệ sinh I’ve had in Hoi An.

However, it’s also very expensive, more than double the price of any other restaurant on this list. Morning Glory is a more upscale restaurant in a prime spot so you aren’t just paying for cao lau, you’re also paying for the ambiance.

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Morning Glory is known for many Vietnamese dishes, not just cao lau, so you may want khổng lồ eat here if you’re looking for a nicer restaurant in Hoi An.

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The second dish we ordered was banh xeo, a crispy crepe made with fried rice flour batter filled with pork belly, shrimp, & bean sprouts. Its name literally means “sizzling cake” because of the sound it makes when the rice batter is poured into the hot skillet.

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To eat, you wrap pieces of banh xeo with fresh greens in rice paper before dipping into the nuoc mam sauce (Vietnamese fish sauce). Crunchy, savory, sweet, và tasting of fresh herbs, banh xeo is another popular dish and a must-try in Hoi An. It was one of the Vietnamese dishes we learned to make at Thuan Tinh Island Cooking School.

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I was a little apprehensive when I first saw Morning Glory. It looked like the type of restaurant we try to avoid on trips. It’s in a big beautiful heritage house right in the heart of a tourist hotspot.

That usually meant two things: A) it’s pricey; và B) the restaurant caters khổng lồ tourists so the food isn’t authentic. I’m not an expert but in my opinion, only the first is true.

When I was taking pictures of the restaurant’s interior, I remember thinking that it looked lượt thích the venue for a cooking school. As it turns out, it was. This space was once home to Ms. Vy’s pioneering Morning Glory Cooking School which has since relocated khổng lồ An Hoi islet.

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Morning Glory

Address: 106 Nguyễn Thái Học, Phường Minh An, Hoi An, Quảng Nam, VietnamOperating Hours: 10AM-11PM, dailyWhat to Order: Cao lau, banh xeoWhat We Paid: About VND 75,000 per entree

10. Quan lại An Ty Ty

Quan An Ty Ty is another of those hidden in plain slight restaurants. Located at the kết thúc of an alley in the ancient town, they’re known for a few dishes including cao lau.

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The cao lau at quan An Ty Ty was good but the slices of phụ vương siu pork seemed thinner và not as fatty as the other restaurants. Not the best I had but still a solid bowl of cao lau.

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Quan An Ty Ty is located at the end of this alley. With all the more prominent restaurants and cafes in the ancient town, it’s easy to walk by it without noticing it’s even there, which may be a good thing for people looking for a quieter, less touristy dining experience.

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Quan An Ty Ty

Address: 17/6 nhì Bà Trưng, Phường Minh An, Ninh Kiều, Hoi An, VietnamOperating Hours: 8AM-11PM, dailyWhat khổng lồ Order: Cao lauWhat We Paid: VND 30,000 per bowl of cao lau

11. My quang đãng Bich

If you’re feeling adventurous and want khổng lồ go beyond the ancient town, then you may want to check out this restaurant. Located about 2.5 km west of the ancient town, My quang Bich is a restaurant known for their cao lau & mi quang.

We borrowed bicycles from our hotel and rode out khổng lồ this restaurant one afternoon to lớn try both. They were terrific và well worth the effort.

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The owner of the restaurant seemed genuinely thrilled lớn have foreigners eating at his place. Because of its location, I don’t imagine it getting a lot of foreign tourists. He couldn’t speak any English so he took out his iPad và proudly showed us all the positive đánh giá he’s received on TripAdvisor & Google. Well deserved!

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It’s nice to get out of the ancient town once in a while so if you can rent a bicycle, then you may want lớn enjoy a meal at My quang đãng Bich. The restaurant fronts the river making it a pleasant place to have lunch. Being so far away from the touristy areas of Hoi An, you know this restaurant is the real deal.

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My quang Bich

Address: 272 Hùng Vương, Thanh Hà, Hoi An, Quảng Nam, VietnamOperating Hours: 6:30-8PM, Mon-Sat / 6:30-8:30PM, SunWhat to Order: Cao lau, mày quangWhat We Paid: VND 35,000 per bowl of cao lau or ngươi quang

MI QUANG

Mi quang đãng seems as ubiquitous in Hoi An as cao lau. In fact, every restaurant specializing in cao vệ sinh seems to offer mày quang as well. One could argue that ngươi quang is another must-try dish in Hoi An.

The reason I don’t give mày quang as much weight as the previous three is because it’s a dish that’s more closely associated with nearby da Nang. It’s my belief that it’s best khổng lồ have a dish at the source which is why I think the best mày quang will probably be in domain authority Nang, not Hoi An.

Nonetheless, mày quang is popular enough and Da Nang near enough that the ngươi quang in Hoi An probably doesn’t lag far behind, if at all. If you aren’t making a stop in domain authority Nang, then it’s a dish you should definitely have in Hoi An.

Mi quang đãng is a noodle dish that’s slightly soupier than cao lau & made with a wider type of rice noodle. Its broth is made by simmering meat (typically chicken or pork) in water or bone broth before seasoning with fish sauce, đen pepper, shallots, and a pungent, garlic-type vegetable known as cu nen. This produces a concentrated broth that’s ladled about 1-2 cm deep into a bowl of rice noodles topped with pork, shrimp, or chicken.

Aside from the proteins, a host of other ingredients are added like hard-boiled egg, peanuts, rice cracker, & fresh herbs. Toppings may vary from restaurant lớn restaurant but it’s said that lemon or lime, green chili, peanuts, và rice cracker must be present for a ngươi quang lớn be considered authentic.

11. My quang đãng Bich

As you can tell from its name, My quang quẻ Bich is just as known for its mày quang as it is for its cao lau. We had both when we went và while I preferred cao lau, Ren enjoyed ngươi quang more. Both are excellent Vietnamese dishes so it’s really a matter of personal preference.

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Like cao lau, mi quang noodles are nice and chewy. They seem to lớn be served with more fresh herbs so it feels lượt thích you’re having noodle soup and a salad all at once.

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12. Pho Xua

Pho Xua is another popular restaurant in the ancient town. Lượt thích the Morning Glory restaurant, it doesn’t specialize in any one dish but is instead known for many Vietnamese dishes like nem ran, fried wontons, và mi quang. If you’re looking for a highly-regarded restaurant with a wider menu, then Pho Xua is a great place to lớn go.

Pictured below is their version of mày quang topped with shredded chicken, crushed peanuts, fried shallots, và banh da nuong which is grilled rice paper with sesame seeds.

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Delicious chewy ngươi quang noodles with fresh herbs và chili in a robust, flavorful broth. There are many reasons to visit Hoi An, none more enticing perhaps than its regional Vietnamese food.

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Pho Xua is a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awardee that maintains a stellar 4.5-star rating even after over a thousand reviews. If you want to try many different things in one restaurant, then this is a good place khổng lồ go in Hoi An.

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Pho Xua

Address: 35 Phan Chu Trinh, Phường Minh An, Hoi An, Quảng Nam, VietnamOperating Hours: 10AM-8:45PM, dailyWhat to Order: ngươi quangWhat We Paid: VND 35,000 per bowl of mày quang

13. Ong hai (Mr. Hai)

This was the best bowl of mày quang I had in Hoi An. Ong nhị serves just two dishes – cao lau & mi quang đãng – but we had just finished a bowl of cao lau at Morning Glory so we only tried the mi quang here. As delicious as it turned out to lớn be, I wish we had tried the cao lau as well.

Ong nhị tops their mày quang with shrimp, roasted peanuts, keropek, quail egg, và slices of roast pork. Vì chưng you see those orange bits? I’m not sure what they were but they packed loads of flavor & would stain the rice noodles orange. Shrimp paste with garlic perhaps? I don’t know but it was delicious.

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See what I mean? set up all the ingredients and your mày quang noodles turn into this tasty shade of orange. I prefer cao lau but looking at this picture is making me yearn for this bowl of ngươi quang all over again.

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Ong nhì is located just outside the ancient town. Vày give them a try if you’re looking for some of the best ngươi quang in Hoi An.

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Ong hai (Mr. Hai)

Address: 6A Trương Minh Lượng, Cẩm Châu, Hoi An, Quảng nam 560000, VietnamOperating Hours: 11AM-10PM, dailyWhat lớn Order: mày quangWhat We Paid: VND 35,000 per bowl of ngươi quang

OTHER VIETNAMESE DISHES & RESTAURANTS

The Vietnamese dishes above may be the most important but there are plenty of other interesting things lớn eat in Hoi An. Be sure lớn try some of these restaurants và dishes as well.

14. Banh Canh cha Quyt

This restaurant was recommended khổng lồ us by our My Son Sanctuary tour guide. He got excited after we started swapping stories about Vietnamese food so he took us here after our tour.

Ba Quyt specializes in a tasty dish called banh canh. Meaning “soup cake”, it’s a soup dish with thick noodles made from either tapioca flour or a mixture of rice và tapioca flour. The “cake” refers to the thick sheet of uncooked dough from which the noodles are cut.

Depending on its ingredients, there are many types of banh canh, but I believe the one we had was banh canh phụ thân ca, which is a version made with pork và fish cake. It was delicious và it quickly became one of my favorite types of Vietnamese noodle soup.

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One of the reasons I enjoyed banh canh so much is because I prefer thicker, chewier noodles. These noodles are very similar to lớn Japanese udon. The fish cakes and cha lua (Vietnamese pork sausage) were nice & springy and the broth was intensely flavorful.

We were supposed to giới thiệu just one bowl but after Ren took a bite & passed it on khổng lồ me, she never got it back so she had lớn order another one. Ha! I pretty much smashed my face into this bowl of noodle soup.

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Banh Canh cha Quyt is little more than a few foldable tables and chairs in a dark alley so it’s easy to miss. We probably walked by this restaurant dozens of times without noticing it.

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Banh Canh cha Quyt

Address: 2B Phan Châu Trinh, Minh An, tp. Hoi An, Quảng Nam, VietnamOperating Hours: 6:30AM-9:30PM, dailyWhat khổng lồ Order: Banh canhWhat We Paid: VND 35,000 per bowl of banh canh

15. Trắng Rose Restaurant

White Rose Restaurant is a Hoi An institution. They’re known for a dish which they invented & popularized called white rose dumplings (banh bao banh vac). It’s just one of two dishes they offer on their menu. Like cao lau và mi quang, trắng rose dumplings are unique to the region & another must-try in Hoi An.

As you can see below, white rose dumplings are made with translucent trắng dough filled with spiced minced shrimp or pork that’s been bunched up lớn resemble flowers, hence the English name. They’re topped with crispy fried shallots & served with a special dipping sauce made with shrimp broth, chilies, lemon, và sugar.

When you take a bite, the first thing you’ll notice is the firmer & chewier skin. I read that the dough for white rose dumplings is made with water drawn from the cha Le well. It’s the same alkaline water used to make cao lau noodles so that may have something to bởi with its chewier texture. The water is filtered & purified 15-20 times before being mixed with the rice paste to form the airy dough.

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The second dish they offer are these fried wontons aka “Hoi An pizza”. They’re large tortilla-shaped wontons topped with shrimp, vegetables, herbs, and a tomato sauce. The wontons are crisp but very light and the sauce tomatoe-y, tangy, và a little sweet. They’re good, though not as interesting perhaps as the trắng rose dumplings.

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White Rose Restaurant is about a 10-15 minute walk from the ancient town. However, white rose dumplings are available in other restaurants as well, even at the prepared Vietnamese food stalls inside the central market.

When I first saw them at the market, I assumed they were knockoffs at first but nearly all white rose dumplings sold in Hoi An are actually supplied by this restaurant. It’s a đứng đầu secret family recipe created by the grandfather of the restaurant’s present owner, Mr. Tran Tuan Ngai. It’s been passed down for three generations so no one outside the family knows how to make them.

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White Rose Restaurant

Address: 533 nhị Bà Trưng, Phường Cẩm Phổ, Hoi An, Quảng Nam, VietnamOperating Hours: 7AM-8:30PM, dailyWhat to lớn Order: white rose dumplings, fried wontonsWhat We Paid: VND 70,000 for trắng rose dumplings, VND 100,000 for fried wontons

16. Bale Well Restaurant

Bale Well is one of Hoi An’s most famous restaurants. They’re known for these all-you-can-eat spreads featuring skewered barbecued meat, phụ vương gio (spring rolls), banh xeo, và vegetables. We weren’t sure what lớn make of this restaurant at first because people seemed khổng lồ either love it or hate it based on their reviews. After eating here, I finally understood why.

Within minutes of sitting down, this deluge of food came rushing khổng lồ our table. There’s no ala carte thực đơn here. Everyone eats the same thing.

Some people didn’t seem lớn mind the restaurant’s aggressiveness but others hated it. I can’t say I blame them because they were practically shoving food down your throat. It was almost lượt thích they wanted lớn get that first bite of food into your mouth so you didn’t have time khổng lồ change your mind and leave.

It was a little off-putting, and had we not expected it, I probably would have been bothered by it too.

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On the positive side, this restaurant does serve you a LOT of food. Just look at that spread!

They give you so much to lớn begin with already but if for some reason this initial serving isn’t enough, then you can still ask for more. You’ll get two types of skewered pork – nem nuong (grilled pork meatballs) & thịt nuong (grilled pork).

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Soon as all the components have been laid out on your table, your server will start assembling one khổng lồ show you how it’s done.

You take a stick of pork và spring roll và put it on a sheet of Vietnamese rice paper. You then vị trí cao nhất it with fresh greens and a few spoonfuls of sauce before rolling it up to lớn eat. You basically eat it in the same way that you would banh xeo.

To be honest, the food at this restaurant isn’t great. Much of it actually seemed like it had been precooked và sitting out for some time waiting for customers. The chất lượng of the food is average but they bởi vì give you great value for your money.

If you’re a big eater và aren’t overly concerned about finding the best, then you’re going khổng lồ enjoy Bale Well restaurant.

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Bale Well Restaurant is tucked away in an alley off Phan Chau Trinh so it can be hard lớn find. But if you’re anywhere near this alley, then chances are you’ll spot barkers trying to get people to eat at this restaurant. That aggression is largely what fuels the negative reviews.

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Bale Well Restaurant

Address: 45 Ngõ 51 Trần Hưng Đạo, Phường Minh An, Hoi An, Quảng phái nam 550000, VietnamOperating Hours: 10:30AM-10PM, dailyWhat to Order: mix menuWhat We Paid: VND 120,000 per person

17. Bun Dau Mam Tom Dau Bac

This is perhaps the most polarizing dish on this list. Bun dau mam tom is a platter of bunched up rice noodles, deep-fried tofu, sliced cucumber, và fresh herbs. If you get the version with meat, then you can expect things like fish balls & steamed pork as well. Seems innocuous enough right?

What makes bun dau mam tom off-putting for many is the dipping sauce. Known as mam tom, it’s a sauce made with finely crushed shrimp or krill that’s been fermented for weeks.

We’re used to the sauce’s flavor because we have something similar in the Philippines called bagoong, but if you aren’t as adventurous with food or have a sensitive nose, then you may want khổng lồ skip this one. It’s EXTREMELY pungent.

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If you’re afraid of the mam tom, then perhaps you can enjoy the rice noodles và other components on their own. I vị suggest giving it a try though because I’m pretty sure you’ve never had anything that tastes quite lượt thích it.

Mam tom is definitely an acquired taste, even for some locals. But once you develop a taste for it, then it’s something you’ll look for again & again.

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If you’re feeling daring in Hoi An và want lớn try bun dau mam tom, then you can vị so at quan lại Dau Bac.

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Bun Dau Mam Tom Dau Bac

Address: 71 Dao Duy Tu, Cam Pho Ward, Hoi An 560000, VietnamOperating Hours: 2-10PM, dailyWhat to Order: Bun dau mam tomWhat We Paid: VND 40,000 for bun dau mam tom with meat (1 person)

18. Moi – BBQ & Hot Pot

This open-air BBQ & hot pot restaurant was near my hotel. I’d walk by it every night và get a whiff of the delicious smells wafting from everyone’s tableside grills. Even with a full stomach, it would make me stop & look at the menu, planning on when I could fit this in to my already full Vietnamese food itinerary.

I decided lớn eat here on my last night in Hoi An. Moi offers hot pot and BBQ. I had been enticed khổng lồ this restaurant by the smells of meat and seafood cooking on charcoal grills so I went with the BBQ.

I asked my vps for recommendations and I whittled down her suggestions to this platter of seafood, enoki mushrooms wrapped in beef, & an appetizer of stir-fried water spinach.

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The seafood platter I chose had squid, octopus, và shrimp. They were fresh và swimming in a tasty, mildly spicy marinade.

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The seafood was nice but the beef-wrapped enoki mushrooms were great. I think they use the same marinade for all their grilled dishes.

The few dishes I had were good but what I really liked about Moi was the environment. It was fun sitting outside and grilling my own food while drinking bottle after bottle of Vietnamese beer.

Grilled food makes for great bar chow so if you’re traveling to lớn Hoi An in a group, then this is a great restaurant to have dinner & a few drinks.

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Moi seems khổng lồ be very popular with the locals. It was packed with people every night I walked by. It was loud and everyone looked like they were having fun. The restaurant isn’t in a touristy part of town so you won’t find many foreigners here.

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Moi – BBQ & Hot Pot

Address: 55 18 tháng 8, Phường Minh An, Hoi An, Quảng Nam, VietnamOperating Hours: 3:30-11PM, dailyWhat to Order: BBQ, hot potWhat We Paid: Starts at VND 65,000 per BBQ dish

19. Quan tiền Ben Tre

Ren và I spent a day exploring Cam nam giới Island. You can get there on foot or by bicycle via Cam nam Bridge which is near the central market. We wanted to lớn have lunch on the island và our research led us to this restaurant – quan Ben Tre. They offer a few Hoi An specialties lượt thích cao lau, banh dap, và hen tron.

Pictured below is the hen tron which is a minced baby clam salad. Clams are boiled then fried with different vegetables and other ingredients lượt thích onion, pepper, chili, ginger, and peanuts. They’re typically served with rice crackers that are used to lớn ladle the dish in bite-sized portions.

Hen or baby clams seems khổng lồ be a popular food thành công in central Vietnam as I often had it in Hue as well.

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This is banh dap or smashing rice paper. I wondered why it’s called “smashing rice paper”, but then our vps answered that question for me without saying a word.

After setting it down on our table, he made it crack by pressing down on it with his xuất hiện palm. It wasn’t a faint crack either. It was a surprisingly loud audible CRACK!

Sandwiched between two sheets of crisp rice cracker is a sticky, steamed rice pancake. The dish is called “smashing rice paper” because you need to lớn press down on the layers khổng lồ bind them together, which is what our hệ thống did. You then break pieces off to lớn eat. Crunchy, chewy, and a little sweet, I really enjoyed its taste and texture.

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You’re meant to lớn eat the hen tron with plain rice crackers but I wanted to try it with the banh dap. I topped a piece with some hen tron, chili, & fish sauce. They went very well together. The clams were briny and paired nicely with the sweet, gooey, crunchy rice cracker.

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From Hoi An’s central market, it took us about half an hour lớn walk lớn Quan Ben Tre. Cam phái mạnh Island is a great place to explore on bicycle so if you have access lớn a bike, then it’s best lớn ride to lớn the restaurant instead.

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Quan Ben Tre

Address: Xuyen Trung, Cam Nam, Hoi An, VietnamOperating Hours: 8AM-10PM, dailyWhat khổng lồ Order: Hen tron, banh dapWhat We Paid: VND 70,000 for hen tron và banh dap

20. Aunt Bay’s Banh Beo

Aunt bay is a street food vendor who sells just one thing – banh beo. It refers to small steamed rice cakes topped with savory ingredients like dried or fresh shrimp, scallions, roasted peanuts, mung bean paste, fried shallots, and fish sauce. Though more commonly associated with Hue, you can find them in Hoi An as well.

I was excited khổng lồ try banh beo because they sounded similar khổng lồ Singaporean chwee kueh. Like chwee kueh, they were soft & silky & loaded with umami, though not as intensely flavorful. They’re interesting và very tasty and another dish you should definitely have in Hoi An if you don’t plan on going to lớn Hue.

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Toppings can vary & Aunt bay tops hers with an orange shrimp-and-pork-based sauce containing bits of local river shrimp, fried shallots, chopped chilies, and deep-fried cao lau noodles. Yum!

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There are several street food vendors in Hoi An known for their banh beo. Aunt Bay’s stall is located at the corner of the old wall on Hoàng Văn Thụ. She sets up and starts selling her banh beo at around 3PM. Just look for this nice lady và her sign against the orange wall that reads “Ba Bay, Banh Beo, Banh Nam”.

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Aunt Bay’s Banh Beo

Address: Corner of the old wall on Hoàng Văn Thụ, Hoi An, VietnamOperating Hours: Starts at around 3PMWhat to Order: Banh beoWhat We Paid: VND 15,000 for three small plates of banh beo

HOI AN RESTAURANTS LOCATION MAP

To help you find these street food stalls & restaurants in Hoi An, I’ve pinned them all on this map. Click on the link to xuất hiện a live version of the maps in a new window.

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FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN HOI AN

This Hoi An food guide started with nine restaurants but it’s more than doubled to twenty. I’m proud of this list but I still don’t feel I’ve delved deeply enough into Hoi An’s cuisine which is one of the most colorful & delicious in Vietnam. I feel there’s still so much good Vietnamese food khổng lồ be discovered here so we’ll definitely be back.

If you’re traveling to lớn Hoi An and it’s important for you lớn find the best local food experiences, then I hope this Vietnamese food guide puts you on the right track.

Thanks for reading & have an amazing time exploring the many delicious restaurants in Hoi An!

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