How to spend just $5 a day on Hoi An street food?
Hoi An is not only a beautiful ancient town but also a hidden food treasure. So what’s about taking a new challenge to explore the local food in a new way? With only 5 USD a day, can you eat up Hoi An street food? Follow this awesome list and you will have a memorable food tour.
Cao Lau for an energetic day
As a signature dish of Hoi An, Cao Lau is also a famous Hoi An street food. The special thing about this dish is its unique ingredients and recipe. According to the local tale, to make the Cao Lau noodle, locals use the water from the ancient well named Ba Le and ash from a specific plant on Cham Island nearby. Therefore, the noodles have a light yellow, be plump and squishy when eating. Besides special noodle, Cao Lau includes a little flavorful pork-based broth, char-siu, and many veggies. Especially, the greens are sourced from famous Tra Que Garden. Hence, they keep the freshness with every grab. For a delicious bowl of Cao Lau, it costs only 20,000-25,000 VND.
Banh Mi fills your hunger with a light lunch
Thanks to Anthony Bourdain, Hoi An is well-known for having the best sandwich in the world. Whilst, Banh Mi Phuong and Madame Khanh are two typical faces representing for this dish. Compared Banh Mi in other places, Banh Mi Hoi An has a crunchy crust outside and fluffy inside with an irresistible fragrance of butter.
A normal Banh Mi includes pickles, pâté, soy sauce, cilantro, chilies and a variety of fillings. Some popular fillings are char siu (Chinese barbecued pork), heo quay (roasted pork belly), xiu mai (meat balls), op la (fried egg), cha lua (Vietnamese pork sausage), etc. On top of that, the sauce is a mythic ingredient helps to distinguish one shop from others. This is a quick, fantastic Hoi An street food easily eat on the go. Especially, with a cheap price around 15,000 – 20,000 VND, Banh Mi offers a tasty and full meal.
Che (Sweet soup) – A famous dessert in Hoi An
After walking around for sightseeing, a cool cup of sweet soup will refresh your tiredness and recharge your energy. There is a wide selection of sweet soup in Hoi An such as che hat sen (sweet lotus seeds gruel), che bap (sweet corn soup), che me den (black sesame seeds sweet soup), che troi nuoc (rice ball sweet soup), etc. When enjoying Hoi An sweet soup, you can feel the fragrant and sweet savor of condensed coconut. Every spoon brings a cool freshness feeling to make your day. This is a popular Hoi An street food so it’s easy to find on the streets.
On top of that, it varies by the season. In summer, they sell sweet soup eating with ice. But in winter or cold season, there are other hot sweet soup will make your stomach and heart warm. Sitting on the tiny stools, eating tasty sweet gruel while watching people passing by is an interesting experience you shouldn’t miss. For a cup of this awesome dish, it costs only 10,000 – 15,000 VND.
Che Thung Aunt Le – 369 Cua Dai Street, Hoi An.
Che Aunt Muoi – 4 Hoang Dieu Street, Hoi An.
Che Aunt Sau – 18 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, Hoi An.
Banh Beo – the Hoi An street food you can’t miss
Banh Beo is also known as Water Fern Cake in English. It’s a popular dish in Central Vietnam regions. However, with featured flavor, Banh Beo Hoi An is famous with tourists and locals.
It’s a steamed rice cake topped with minced shrimp, pork, scallions, fried shallots, and roasted peanuts. Particularly, it has deep-fried Cao Lau noodles on the top. This noodle only made in Hoi An with local ingredients. That’s why it brings a unique flavor for the food that can’t be found anywhere.
They serve Banh Beo in small bowls with chilies fish sauce. When eating, you can feel the soft and silky cake with the flavorful topping, the spicy of fish sauce. Street vendors usually sell it around 3 PM. Besides, you can enjoy this simple but tasty dish at a cheap price around 15,000 VND per tray close by the Hoi An Central Market.
Duck porridge brings an interesting eating experience
Being the Hoi An Central Market already, don’t miss out the duck porridge at Aunt Sat stall. In case you are fed up with famous local specialties, duck porridge brings a new experience for your culinary journey. For a warm and delicious bowl of porridge, it costs you only around 15,000 – 25,000 VND. The dish is cooked with duck broth so it has a fatty and rich flavor. Moreover, thanks to the carefully cooked, the duck meat are soft and not smelly. They serve the dish with green onions, herbs, peppers, and chilies so it’s a little spicy. But instead, the food is flavorful and makes you can’t stop eating more and more. Especially, this hot dish is perfect in cold days.
Aunt Sat – Hoi An Central Market – Tran Quy Cap Street, Hoi An.
Aunt Hong – 30 Cua Dai Street, Hoi An.
Tube popsicle to cool off a hot day
This is a kind of favorite childhood dessert of many locals. Like its name, this popsicle is formed in a metal tunnel-shape tube and kept inside a big ice bucket to keep it frozen. Then, when you buy it, the seller will pull out the tube then soak it into hot water for a few seconds, and it’s ready to enjoy.
The special thing about this food is its shape, flavor, and colors. It’s so colorful with plenty of flavors like chocolate, strawberry, coconut, etc. Whilst, the coconut flavor is the most popular one. When eating, the cool, fresh and sweetness will cool off your whole body, especially in summer days. Furthermore, it’s so cheap that each popsicle costs only 5,000 VND. It’s a common Hoi An street food. Hence, you can find one easily on the streets.
Mot herb tea for a good sleep
Mot herb tea is so perfect to end a day. It’s not only tasty but also good for health as well as your sleep. Combining of Ying and Yang, and organic ingredients, the tea will cool you down from the inside and helps to reduce stress. It includes lemon, lemongrass, ginger, honey, and various Vietnamese herbs. The flavor is like lemonade with a super aroma. It comes complete with lotus petals and kaffir leaves in a teacup. Therefore, this dish is good for a check-in photo. The best place to enjoy it at 150 Tran Phu Street, right in the middle of Ancient Town. Additionally, the price is just 12,000 VND for a cup.
- Recommendation: Mot – 150 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An.