Eat, eat and then maybe eat
Food tours are a way to explore Hoi An through the lens of all things delicious. Here are some of the offerings.
We previously reviewed chirpy, cheeky Phuoc and his Coconut Tours street food crawl, and we were pleased as punch with the experience. Phuoc started up his street food tours in earnest after the little thatched cooking school he’d set up in his grandmother’s garden blew down in a 2013 typhoon.
The tour begins away from the tourist epicentre of the old town on a street sprawling and vibrant, where dozens of stalls groan under the weight of brightly coloured produce, steaming vats of soup and family-recipe delicacies, all peeking out behind a mad motorbike take-away scene. Get a crash course on everything from condiments to com ga, visiting stalls that Phuoc has been eating at for almost three decades. His introductions, storytelling and running commentary adds a richness to the food itself. And with the food, be as tame or adventurous as you desire – perhaps that desire will include trung vit lon (duck fetus egg) or duck congee served with a plate of brain, blood cake and offal. You can now find his tours under Eat Hoi An. The street food tour kicks off at 14:00 and costs US$40.
Hoi An Food Safari guides guests through the jungle of morning street food (US$50 per person). This foot tour starts at 07:30, ends at noon with a whole lot of tasting in between. The goal is a minimum of 15 different eats.
The plainly named Hoi An Food Tour also does a morning street food walking tour. First wake up a Vietnamese coffee before hitting up spots for bites like white rose dumplings, black sesame sweet soup and fried wontons, US$39.
Finally, with The Last Great Taste of Hoi An, Australian Neville Dean enthusiastically takes guests on a whirlwind journey to all his favourite haunts. This is a great option if time is not on your side. Neville is a good guide, patiently explaining each dish while adding character and colourful insight.
Coconut Tours Hoi An : 37 Phan Chau Trinh St, Hoi An; T: (0905) 411 184; email@example.com; www.eathoian.com/.
Hoi An Food Safari: firstname.lastname@example.org; T: (0918) 355 756 hoianfoodsafari.com/.
Hoi An Food Tour: T: (0510) 2222 773; email@example.com hoianfoodtour.com/.
The Last Great Taste of Hoi An: T: (0121) 7621 693; firstname.lastname@example.org www.tasteofhoian.com/.
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you'll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.
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