The best cooks use free-range chickens raised in countryside gardens, not the industrial factory-style birds. Poultry raised in the gardens is stronger and more springy, with a far richer flavor than the soggy stuff produced in “industrial agriculture” facilities. While westerners often prefer fattier, more tender chicken meat, Vietnamese birds considered the best for eating are often smaller with dense, muscular meat. The trick of the recipe is to skilfully make the chicken pieces smell fragrant and spicy without loosening the meat.
The towns of Hoi An is the best place to try the dish. Hoi An even has its own cooking style that varies slightly from other central-region styles.
Where to try Chicken rice in Hoi An?
- Ms Buoi 22 Phan Chau Trinh
- Ms Ty 27 Phan Châu Trinh
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This is the popular country dish in Hoian and Quang Nam. The noodle is yellow or white in color and made from rice flour. It is mixed with shrimp, pork and vegetables, and topped with grilled rice paper and spices. Similar to rice noodle and chicken or pork soup (Hu tieu), My Quang is a variety of Pho (rice noodle soup), because the noodles are made from rice and covered with soup as serving.
Pho (pronounced variously as /fʌ/, /fə/, /fər/, or /foʊ/; Vietnamese: phở, pronounced [fəː˧˩˧] is a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, linguine-shaped rice noodles, a few herbs, and meat. It is a popular street food in Vietnam and the specialty of a number of restaurant chains around the world. Pho is primarily served with either beef or chicken. The origin of pho and its name is a subject of scholarly debate.
Cao Lau is the foremost traditional food in Hoi An. Visitors to Hoi An always remember Cao Lau, which was considered by the Quang Nam people as a special symbol representing Hoi An. Cao Lau does not taste like any other Vietnamese dish, but nobody can really recognize it as being comparable to Chinese or Japanese cuisine. Despite its Chinese-like appearance, the Chinese people don’t consider it to be Chinese food. Until now, the origin of Cao Lau is still enveloped mystery.
Across the Cam Nam Bridge and turn left.
Banh dap ( Rice Cracker): 8,000VND
Che bap (corn sweet soup/pudding): 5,000VND
Hen tron (minced clams): 20,000VND
Cam Nam Village, just a stones throw from the heart of Hoi An’s Old Quarter, typifies the sort of gastronomically experience available to people not afraid of straying from the uninspired menus of the lollipop cute cafes dotting the river’s banks.
“Banh xeo” is eaten hot in the cold season. Walking along this street, people cannot help hearing the joyful sound of the cooking and the flavor of this dish coming out of the restaurant kitchens, which makes it hard to resist the temptation of walking into one of the restaurants along the street to enjoy this delicious banh xeo.
1. Chinh Seafood Restaurant
Add: 54 Cua Dai Road, Hoi An
The restaurant is easily reached by bicycle, about 20 mins riding from Hoi An. The ride is pleasant past lagoons ringed by coconut trees and with fishing boats making an idyllic scene. There are little riverside cafes where you might stop for a cold beer and snacks.
2. Hai San Restaurant
Add: 64 Bach Dang St
Dail 9 am-10pm
Main courses: $3-$20
Phone: 0510 3 861-652
3. Thi Nhan Restaurant
Address: 128 Cua Dai, Cam Chau, Hoi An
If you intend to try tasting seafood, you are suggested to get yourself to Thi Nhan Restaurant during your stay in Hoi An. It is located on half way from Hoi An Ancient Town to Cua Dai Beach. Two famous sea foods can be listed in the restaurant menu such as grilled tiger prawns and crab in tamarind sauce.
If you are real foodies and not only want to eat the food but also want to get an insight about the history, the culture, the life of Hoi An as well as more knowledge about the food, how to make it,…then take a food tour. An evening food tour will be the best choice which is not just a food tour: beside eating Hoi An’s food, you can hanging around with friendly and funny local friends playing Hoi An traditional games, releasing paper lanterns down onto the river and have lots of fun. have a look at http://hoianfoodtour.com/?s=evening+walking+food+tour
4. Banana Leaf
Add: 84 Bach Dang Street, Hoi An, (at the Harbour front)
Pleasant riverfront cafe-restaurant offering Vietnamese seafood, western dishes, sandwiches & pastries plus a wide range of refreshing fruit juices, shakes and cocktails. Soothing views across the river, well-designed space in a converted shop house.
5. La Plage
relaxing restaurant/bar offering food, drinks they provide activities like free yoga, movies and different fundraisers for disabled people
Directions from the center of Hoi An : Find “Hai Ba Trung” street and head out of town. When you get to the big road cross it and you’ll be at Cam An Beach. It’s about 2.5 kilometers – passing through rice paddies. Park on the left at “Good Parking” and walk over to La Plage on the far right. See you soon.
6. Hong Chau Restaurant
Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An,
This is a beachfront restaurant and serves delicious seafood dishes and other local specialities in a relatively stylish and comfortable setting right on the beach.