Traditional Food & Beverage
Phở is Vietnam’s world-famous noodle dish. Originated in North Vietnam and traditionally enjoyed as a nutrition-packed breakfast, Phở is now found throughout the country in a myriad of flavor variations, and is indispensable for any Hoi An food tour and culinary vacation. With its heavenly aroma and delicious flavor, Phở is a favorite culinary delight for visitors to Hoi An and is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or revitalizing after a full day’s adventure. Phở Hoi An is a delightful variation of Phở Hanoi and is prepared with a base of rice noodles, similar in shape to linguine noodles. Thanks to small, quintessential alterations, it has become a Hoi An specialty. The Phở chef begins with dry noodles which are then cooked for each serving with boiling broth to ensure noodles have the perfect consistency for every bowl. Phở Hoi An’s broth has a pleasantly sweet and spicy aroma from green onions, cinnamon, clove, and other aromatics. Roasted peanuts are also added to the broth of Phở Hoi An. Thin slices of beef which are cooked upon contact with the boiling broth are the most traditional protein added to Phở however chicken and vegetarian options are also readily available. This traditional Vietnamese food will be served alongside fresh herbs, bean sprouts, chili sauce, and pepper flakes which you can add to your preferred taste. The ingredients in your bowl of Phở is a beautiful painter’s pallet of green herbs, golden peanuts, red beef, and white noodles.
Mi Quang is traditional Vietnamese food that originated in the area of Hoi An in the Quảng Nam Province of Central Vietnam. As with Phở, My Quang is a rice noodle-based dish served in aromatic broth with a medley of fresh, delicious ingredients and is most frequently enjoyed for breakfast. My Quang noodles are wider and thicker than Phở noodles and are served in a smaller amount of broth. To prepare this dish, the chef must carefully select each ingredient and spice to give My Quang its trademark flavor, which makes it a Hoi An specialty and a must-try on any Vietnam culinary vacation. Before cooking, the noodles are first soaked in water for at least 1 hour, then pressed, coated with thin leave, then stacked against each other and cut into strands. In order for the noodles to be non-sticky, the chef must use a small amount of peanut oil so that the noodles do not stick together. My Quang’s broth includes the ingredients of cinnamon, cabbage, leafy greens, shredded banana flower, shrimp paste, roasted peanuts, green onion, lime, and chili paste. Traditional My Quang is served with shrimp (which you eat with the shell and head left on), thinly sliced tender pork, and small hard boiled quail eggs however you can also find My Quang served with locally-raised chicken or fish. Unlike other noodle dishes which have broth filled to the rim of the bowl, the amount of broth used in this My Quang is much lower. My Quang is the most popular noodle dish in Hoi An and the surrounding Quang Nam Province. Unlike Phở which is widely known throughout Vietnam and the world, My Quang is unique to Central Vietnam. It’s not uncommon for someone from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City to never have tried it before. However, there is no neighborhood, village, market, or corner in the region without Quang noodles. Definitely try this on your Hoi An food tour!
Tasty Mussel Cam Nam
Across the ancient town of Hoi An is a land known as Cam Nam. Here, along the Thu Bon river, chefs produce a once-in-a-lifetime Hoi An specialty of delectable, sweet mussels. In Cam Nam, mussels are harvested daily by the local villagers which are then thoroughly cleaned of any sand before being cooked. Chefs steam the live mussels until their shells open to reveal the succulent shellfish within. Cam Nam mussels can be enjoyed with a bit of oil, dried onions, and crushed pepper, or served with a stir fry of noodles, vegetables, fish sauce, fresh chillies and peanuts and noodles. Stir-fried noodles, mixed with chopped vegetables, chili sauce, fish sauce, fresh chili and peanuts roasted puree can also be enjoyed. During your Hoi An food tour, pass the Cam Nam Bridge and there will be a row of mussel purveyors waiting to welcome and serve you this tasty traditional Vietnamese food!
Warm Sweet Corn Soup
A favorite Hoi An speciality on a cool day is a bowl of warm sweet corn soup. While strolling through the Ancient Town on a culinary vacation or a short Hoi An food tour, it won’t be hard to find yourself a dish of this savory soup prepared by a street vendor. Locals enjoy sweet corn with a cup of tea to reconnect with a feeling of family and warmth. Vietnamese farmers harvest the corn near dawn when there is a dense fog hanging over the fields. This is because it’s when the corn is at its most perfect because it is moist and full of nutrients. When preparing this traditional Vietnamese food, the chef must choose corn that is neither too young nor overly ripe for perfect roasting. With its outer shell peeled away, the corn should be white and slightly opaque. First, the corn is peeled and using a using sharp knife, then is thinly cut before boiling for about five minutes. In the process of stewing the corn, it should be stirred frequently so that the soup does not form any lumps. When it is almost ready a touch of sugar and a little bit of ginger is added. It’s home cooking for the soul!
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