The best local eats in Hoi An
Hoi An is a true foodie heaven. Here, we round up the top places to get a taste of the city's local dishes.
- February 2019
Banh mi breadrolls, mi quang noodles, white rose dumplings – these are just some of the must-try dishes in Hoi An. With so many food stalls, markets and restaurants around, you certainly won’t go hungry in this culinary paradise. But it’s hard to know where to go, so here are recommendations from a local for the best places to try these treats.
Banh Mi Phuong
They may have originated in Vietnam’s south but the nation’s best baguettes are in Hoi An. Banh Mi Phuong’s crunchy rolls – crammed with pork, pickles and salad – were loved by locals long before the late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain called them a “symphony in a sandwich”. Schoolteacher Phuong’s banh mi is special thanks to her sister-in-law’s homemade pâté, mayo and chilli jam.
Grab a stool on the upstairs balcony of this riverside restaurant opens in new window and sip cocktails like sangria with passionfruit and watermelon (happy hour runs from 5-7pm) as you watch the sunset on the Thu Bon River. Magic! Later, slip downstairs to savour bandana-wearing chef Tran Thanh Duc’s Vietnamese fusion cuisine, influenced by his travels around the world.
Mi Quang Ong Hai
Don’t go for the atmosphere (there is none) but for the finest renditions of Hoi An’s must-try noodle dishes at this eatery in a family home. Mi quang is a silky, turmeric-tinted noodle dish with prawns, char siu pork and quail eggs. Cao lau are rustic noodles nursing succulent pork and a pile of aromatic herbs. Both are drizzled with spiced pork broth. Pop in around 11am to eat with the regulars.
If it’s a clear evening, opt for the breezy bougainvillea-filled courtyard at this eatery to watch illuminated candles float on the still river – an enchanting sight. In rainy season (October to February), sit inside this French colonial-style villa opens in new window to graze on refined Vietnamese food.
Miss Ly Café
There are few lovelier spots for lunch than the mustard-walled dining room of this centuries-old house. Miss Ly is on the woks out the back making her beautifully balanced sauces for Hoi An specialties such as flat fried shrimp wontons and white rose dumplings. You don’t need a booking but arrive before noon to beat the rush.