Archive for the 'Food' Category

Sep 23 2013

Hoi An street food: Bahn can

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Tapas Vietnam style.

A melt-in-the-mouth, crisp nest of herb-infused, tempura-like batter, cradling a flash-fried quail egg, presented with a tangle of grated young papaya, fresh greens and a secret recipe chilli dipping sauce served on the outskirts of Hoi An’s old town; this description of banh can supplied over dinner by visiting friends frankly had us pushing our … read the full post

Aug 21 2013

Review: Ngoc Mai seafood restaurant, Ha My Beach, Hoi An

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Cheesy grilled clams!

Ha My beach, a five-kilometre amble north from beautiful An Bang, offers up a swathe of stunning castaway coastline, so perfect that the little A-lister more commonly known as the most luxurious hotel in Vietnam – the Nam Hai – slunk its perfectly manicured toes in to the sand and chased all the scraggy seadogs from … read the full post

Jun 11 2013

Hoi An street food

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You just can't beat the atmosphere of a popular local stall.

There’s something about camping down on a tiny plastic stool and experiencing dining the Vietnamese way in Hoi An, even if said stool is hanging treacherously over the gutter of a busy road, you’re ankle deep in bits of screwed up paper and you’ve not a clue what you’ll be served because you’ve followed that … read the full post

Jun 04 2013

Street food Hoi An: Com ga

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Com Ga.

Com ga originated a few tens of kilometres down the coast, away from Hoi An, in Tam Ky. It’s similar to the Hainanese dish wenchang, which was introduced by immigrants to Central Vietnam during the marine silk road trading era. Hoi An then claimed the title of being the main shipping and R&R port for … read the full post

May 28 2013

Hoi An’s cao lau noodle

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Straight from the steamer.

If there ever was a recipe shrouded in mystery, it’s got to be Hoi An’s cao lau noodle. Misinformation runs rife. Only made from the water of the Ba Le Well? Sort of. Brought to Hoi An’s shores by foreigners during the 16th century marine trading boom? Apparently not. Japanese/Chinese origin? All Chinese whispers. One thing … read the full post

May 16 2013

Hoi An street food: Bun bo Hue

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Bun Bo Hue - looks a bit like pho, but not same, same.

Bun bo: it’s the pho lovers Marmite, a rich combination of spicy, sour, salty and sweet flavours with a predominant lemongrass hit. Pho in comparison is the soother, an altogether sweeter, more delicate dish in its pure form, with flavour enhancers (in Central Vietnam at least), bowls of sweet chilli paste, hoisin sauce, lime and herbs … read the full post

May 10 2013

Review: The Moon Restaurant, Hoi An

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Beautiful food, stunning location.

Moon Restaurant’s location, a few minutes’ walk outside Hoi An’s old town and river would for a regular restaurant be the kiss of death. What saves Moon is its stunning faded colonial magnificence — and the fact that it sits directly opposite one of the most visited attractions in Hoi An: Yaly Couture, one of … read the full post

May 02 2013

Hoi An night eats: Quan Tu Sang

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nightfood

For late night street eats in Hoi An, Tran Cao Van Road is where it’s at. Although you will find other options on the outskirts of town, the stalls that line the street here are properly geared up for serving the late-night crowd, doing a roaring trade of both takeaway (meal in a bag) and … read the full post

Apr 23 2013

Hoi An street food: Bo sot vang

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Hoi An Chef Hung's Hoi An version of the classic Bo Sot Vang.

For every country that has tried their hand at occupying Vietnam, for all the incredible architecture left behind, the real remaining influence is of the culinary kind (save for the Americans, who left only Coca Cola). For Hoi An with its cao lau, white rose, mi quang and com ga, the predominant influence is of … read the full post

Apr 18 2013

Review: White Sail Cafe, Hoi An

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Quang Nam's finest. Mi Quang noodle.

Sitting under a tangle of evergreen climbers, directly opposite a huge banyan tree on the busy street food area of Tran Cao Van Street  — take a left at the Tech Com bank on the corner of Tran Hung Dao — you’ll find Hoi An’s pretty White Sail Seafood Restaurant, serving up consistently good Vietnamese … read the full post

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