First, grab yourself a “fresh beer“, it’s locally made light beer (not particularly delicious yet certainly non-offensive) served in glass mugs on the side of the road or at local eateries. This weak beer only costs $0.16 a cup, everyone loves it, even the kids.
Eat one bowl of sticky rice with fried garlic and mung beans a day to help stiffen up “toilet-time”.
Treat yourself to a steaming bowl of Pho every few hours, very refreshing.
Find a busy local restaurant and order a bowl of Sup Ga (chicken soup).
Find the most festive table at the restaurant and take a picture of them.
Next, get invited to said table and start drinking Vietnamese vodka with your new friends.
Eat lots of food, laugh non-stop, exchange Facebooks and PLEASE, don’t forget to drink more vodka!
Side note: ALWAYS take your hotel’s business card with you, you never know if you’ll find your way home after so many cheers!
Before arriving in a new city most would research the town’s attractions or points of interest, not me, I inquire about the local delicacies. On the top of Hoi An’s must-eats list is Cau Lau , a special noodle dish made with “magical” water from the town’s well.
Main market with fancy well out front.
Bowl #1 at the market:
Broth: Porky but weak.
Bits: Fried tofu and pork skin with lettuce and sprouts.
Noodles: Harder than rice noodles, very similar to udon noodles. I would have like to eat a massive bowl.
Bowl # 2 at Café 43:
So much better, the broth was deep and rich like Pho Bo and we actually got pieces of pork.
Another treat from Café 43, fried wontons with mango and pineapple salsa. YUMMY!!! IT reminded me of Mexico.
Fried tofu with pineapple, tomato and onion.
Voulez-vous café; baguette, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, peppers and grilled shrimp.
Large post to come, lots of thing to say about this wonderful town.
I found this restaurant online and was curious to check it out because it has killer reviews and now I understand why. The food is local, extremely inexpensive, friendly staff and the local draft beer costs $0.16 a glass.
These are White Rose dumplings, a Hoi An specialty. Homemade rice wrapper filled with sprouts, ginger, pork and onion with a chili vinegar dipping sauce.
Fried tofu with carrots, onions, tomatoes, pineapples and black pepper.
Banh Xeo, another Hoi An specialty. You roll these as you eat right at your table: fresh rice paper, crepes made from rice flour and turmeric, shrimp, sprouts, egg and lots of fresh herbs and then you dip them in a sweet garlic fish sauce. I thought it was absolutely fantastic!