What We Ate in Hoi An, Vietnam

Banh Mi Phuong, Hoi An

We really enjoyed Hoi An, despite a few things that turned us off.  One of our favorite parts of Hoi An was the food scene! Here is where & what we ate in Hoi An, including what we liked & disliked.

Nu Eatery – Vietnamese (sort of)

I wasn’t incredibly impressed by this restaurant, despite its great reviews. It has a cute ambiance and a great location, but the food comes with a large price tag (relatively speaking). The food seemed to be unique/modern takes on classic Vietnamese dishes. We did have one dish, however, that was absolutely divine: the chicken & rice.

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Top: the extraordinary chicken & rice dish. Bottom: the pineapple salad I wasn’t too thrilled about

We also heard great things about the cheesecake, so you should give it a try if you eat here.

Ganesh – Indian

In all honesty, this restaurant was another let down. So many bloggers have talked highly of Ganesh, and it just didn’t live up to the hype for us. The food wasn’t spicy at all and it truly lacked flavor. The ambiance was a bit weird, too: fancy, but with communal-style tables. With all the other food Hoi An has to offer, I wouldn’t recommend this place.

Dingo Deli – Australian/Western

A bit out of the way, this place serves as a cool, peaceful oasis with delicious western breakfast (french toast, eggs benedict – woop woop!) and wifi. Bonus: they deliver! This was extra awesome when my stomach was still a bit shaky, but I was super hungry. I ordered so many carbs and they delivered them all right to our homestay.

Bale Well – Vietnamese

This place came recommended by our homestay (Viet’s Family Homestay) as a place that serves local food to both locals and tourists. We sat down and they immediately brought us a drink menu: only drinks. Moments later, they slapped down some meat and veggie platters, along with rice papers. Our waitress quickly made us one spring roll each; from there, we were on our own. While it’s definitely not as cheap as street food, I’d still recommend that you check it out for a memorable experience.

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So proud of the first spring-roll I wrapped myself!

Hola Taco – Mexican

I’m sure you’ve noticed a pattern of our eating in Hoi An, how it switches between Vietnamese & Western. Let me tell you folks – as a self-proclaimed Mexican food expert, this stuff is GOOD. If you’re sick of Vietnamese food, you should absolutely go to Hola Taco for some fabulous Mexican food! We were a bit skeptical of some of the reviews that said it was the best Mexican food they’d ever had, but we think you should believe the hype.

Nachos from Hola Taco, Hoi An
Nachos from Hola Taco. We were too hungry to take a picture of the tacos

We had the nachos and the chicken tacos. My suggestion is to get either the tacos or the enchiladas.

Banh Mi Phuong – Vietnamese

You really can’t go wrong with this place. Anthony Bourdain made it famous (they’ve since moved locations), so expect a crowd, but the line moves fast and the sandwiches are well worth the $1-2 price tag.

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Smilin’ and sweatin’ at Banh Mi Phuong

Pete had 2 sandwiches: the chicken & cheese and the barbecue and recommends the BBQ.

BBQ at Banh Mi Phuong, Hoi An
BBQ at Banh Mi Phuong

I stuck to cheese & onion, one of the few vegetarian options, and still really enjoyed it. They also offer tofu and egg. Tip: ask for avocado & egg on your sandwich.

Street food

There are plenty of great street food options in Hoi An. For snacks, we tried the mango cakes and the moon cakes.

Mango Cakes, Hoi An
We bought mango cakes from this adorable man who proudly told us he made them himself. Try to find him by the Japanese bridge.

We were surprised when the mango cakes tasted absolutely nothing of mango. Despite the confusion, we still liked them!

We felt a bit robbed by the moon cakes. We heard/read that they only sell moon cakes during the full moon lantern festival.  So when we arrived in Hoi An on the night of this festival, we excitedly tried these cakes. First of all, I didn’t like the taste, but Pete did. Second of all, we saw people selling the same moon cakes every night we were in Hoi An. Needless to say we felt a bit tricked. With that in mind, I think they’re still worth trying for their uniqueness.

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Have you been to Hoi An? What were some of the best things you ate there? What about some of the worst? 

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