5 Must-Eat Dishes in Hoian

1. Cao Lầu

Cao lầu is made with noodles, pork, and local greens, that is found only in Hoian. Its unique taste and texture is achieved by using water from an ancient Cham well. In the last few decades, new restaurants with modern versions have added shrimp or chicken, and additional herbs.

# Where to eat:

  • Thanh Cao Lầu, 26 Thai Phien st, 25.000 – 30.000 VND, 7.00 AM – 7.00 PM.
  • Ha, Stall E035, Hoian Market – Food Court, 20.000 VND, 7.00 AM – 7.00 PM.
  • Vườn Xưa (Old Garden) restaurant, 33 Phan Chau Trinh st (in alley), 30.000 – 45.000 VND, 9.00 AM – 9.00 PM.

2. Hoành Thánh (Fried Wonton)

This dish comes from China but has been adapted by the inhabitants to suit the local taste. Wonton is made with rice flour and filled with ingredients such as shrimp, pork, egg, and spices. There are a few kinds of wonton dishes: fried wonton, wonton soup.

# Where to eat:

  • Vạn Lộc restaurant, 27 Tran Phu st, 20.000 VND/piece, 9.00 AM – 9.00 PM.
  • Bông Hồng Trắng (White Rose) restaurant, 533 Hai Ba Trung st, 20.000 VND/piece, 8.00 AM – 9.00 PM.
  • Vườn Xưa (Old Garden) restaurant, 33 Phan Chau Trinh st (in alley), 15.000 VND/piece, 9.00 AM – 9.00 PM.

3. Bánh Mỳ

Bánh mì is a Vietnamese term for all kinds of bread. The word is derived from bánh and mì (wheat). Bread, or the baguette, was introduced by the French during its colonial period. Nowaday, Bánh mì is served with pate, mayonnaise, pickled vegetables, coriander, herbs, fresh chillies, some kinds of meat, egg,.. And most of breads are available in many stalls on roadsides in Hoian.

# Where to eat:

  • Madam Phuong, 2B Phan Chau Trinh st, 20.000 – 30.000 VND, 6.00 AM – 9.00 PM.
  • Madam Khanh – “Banh Mi Queen”, 115 Tran Cao Van st, 20.000 VND, 6.00 AM – 7.00 PM.

4. White Rose

Known locally as “Bánh Bao Bánh Vạc”. The little white roses are made from rice flour which is filled with spiced minced shrimp or pork, and bunched up to look like little white roses.

The unique thing is locals have to soak rice flour with water 10 times to make it firm and sticky.

# Where to eat:

  • Bông Hồng Trắng (White Rose) restaurant, 533 Hai Ba Trung st, 70.000 VND, 8.00 AM – 9.00 PM.

5. Mỳ Quảng (Quang Noodles)

The noodles are made from rice. The proteins are usually shrimp, pork, chicken, or even fish and beef. The broth is made by simmering the meat in water or bone broth. Extras include hard-boiled egg, crushed peanuts, fresh vegetables.

# Where to eat:

  • Hai restaurant, 6A Truong Minh Luong st, 25.000 VND, 7.00 AM – 11.00 PM.
  • Hat, opposite Nhu Y restaurant – 02 Tran Phu st, 20.000 VND, 6.00 PM – 11.00 PM.

TOMMY PHAN

How To Get To Hoian Ancient Town From Danang City?

I’d like to help you guys through my working experience in Tourism industry. Hoian ancient town is located about 30km south away from Danang.

Taxi:

There are many taxi brands such as: Vina Sun, Tien Xa, Mai Linh, Danang, … price will base on distance. So here price is about 400,000 VND ~ 500,000 VND per 4 seater taxi – 7 seater taxi.

Local bus:

There are few yellow buses to Hoian bus station. They won’t go to Hoian ancient town. The latest bus will start at 5.30 PM and end at 6.30 PM. From the bus station, you must walk very far to the town. Or, you can take a taxi to the old town and pay twice in total. Bus ticket is 30,000 VND/person.

Grab/Uber:

These applications are getting more and more popular in Danang. They will pick you up where you are currently and drop you off right at the ancient town. I used both of these services already. And i had to pay 300,000 VND ~ 350,000 VND per 4 seater-7 seater car. In a word, these apps are good but can be a pain in peak hours.

Private car transfer:

This service is very popular in both cities. They will serve you by many new cars such as: toyota fortuner 2015-2017, isuzu-muX, toyota vios 2015, … you will be picked up at where you are and drop you off right at Hoian ancient town. Current price is 250,000 VND per private 4 seater car and 350,000 VND per private 7 seater car. Most of drivers can speak a little bit english and can wait you to send you back to Danang if you request. No charge at waiting. If you are interested in using this service, you can have a look at http://hoiantaxi.com/

TOMMY PHAN

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Hoian ancient town is located in the central of Vietnam. The town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. Continue reading →