Where to Eat in Hoi An


Where to Eat in Hoi An


Our favorite com ga (chicken rice) in Hoi An: rich broth & only 20k VND (less than $1)


This com ga can be found at a street stall on Tran Cao Van street,  directly across from the fabulous Madam Khanh Banh My  You can read more about the best banh my in Hoi An in my post here


Extra chili request granted!



Look for this sign and alley after 5pm.



We tried several other versions of com ga, including the well known Ba Buoi, but the only one we returned to was the one above.



Com Ga Ba Buoi, 35k per plate. Very pretty, but nowhere near as tasty as our 20k version


Been in Vietnam awhile? Vietnamese is one of my favorite cuisines, but after a straight month of some variation of pho for breakfast, noodles for lunch, and rice for dinner, I started craving something different. With few expectations we decided to give Ganesh Indian Restaurant a try. It was really, really good! We requested our chicken vindaloo extra spicy, and they delivered! We also got the palak paneer, which had more flavor than most versions I’ve had in the US.



A huge splurge compared to our usual street food, but it was worth it!


Our two curries, two beers, one garlic naan and one steamed rice came to 300k dong,($13) including a small tip for excellent service.

We even went back a couple times, it was that good!



lamb vindaloo on our second visit


The only other non-Vietnamese food we ate in Vietnam was at the Kebab Shack. At 25k or 35k for the mega kebab, it made for a nice change to banh my.



Coldest beer in Vietnam! Ask for the Larue export, a much tastier brew than the regular.


We also treated ourselves to the mega English breakfast. (100k or 70k for the the non-mega)



Starting the new year off right!


Looking for pho in Hoi An? We had a pretty lackluster bowl at Pho Tien, even though it was packed with locals. Then we tried a bowl at Pho Hong Vuong and our faith was restored.


pho bowl

My only complaint was the skimpy portion of meat compared to pho in Hanoi (35k per bowl)



Sign and address: 48 Hung Vuong, next to small local market


We tried quite a few versions of cao lau, a noodle specialty of Hoi An with roasted pork, crunchy pork crackling, lettuce and herbs, perfectly chewy noodles and a bit of rich broth. We tried to go to this place a few times, but it was always closed, so we went a few doors down (away from Tran Hung Dao) and found another cao lau place packed with locals (We were the only tourists, just the way I like it!)



Our favorite cao lau

Other fun street foods to try:

  • Bun thit nuong (roll your own grilled pork spring rolls) 80k for two people
  • Xi ma (black sesame pudding) 10k
  • Banh Can (fried quail eggs in crunchy rice flour topped with green papaya and sausage) 20k



For the typical dishes at Cam Nam Island, there are many choices along Nguyen Tri Phuong street. We were planning to go to Ba Gia as I had read about it on this awesome blog, but instead we went to this place since it had a bigger lunch crowd.


We tried the clams, (hen tron) smashing rice paper, (ban dap) and cao lau. 130k for two people.




I’m not really into sweet soups, so we skipped the che bap. The food didn’t really excite me, and I felt a bit ripped off, but I guess we had to give it a try.

It feels a little strange to ask for prices before-hand when you eat, but I think it shows that you have an idea of what prices should be. Also, you can always find another spot that doesn’t overcharge tourists.



I’ve spent most of my life in Austin, Texas, a beautiful city with amazing food, music and culture. At the age of 23 I moved to Madrid, then Istanbul, then the Canary Islands, and for now I’m calling the big island of Hawaii my home. My best trip was eight months traveling throughout Europe and southeast Asia, much of which you’ll see here on our blog. Happy travels!