Banh Bao Banh Vac is a signature dish of Hoi An. Due to having a small shape with white color, a dish of Banh Bao Banh Vac looks like a white rose, therefore, it is also called as Hoi An White Rose by foreign travelers. Travelling Hoi An, tourists can find this dish in almost Hoi An restaurants because this is a popular and favorite cuisine of many visitors. Banh Bao and Banh Vac are two different types, nonetheless, they are made from rice – the main ingredient. Banh Bao and Banh Vac are often decorated and served in the same plate. Generally, Banh Bao is often put in the middle of a plate and it is surrounded by Banh Vac. Fried onions will be sprinkled on the top of the dish to make it become more eye-catching. The dish will be served with a special type of fish sauce which has sweet flavor and the aroma of shrimp.
Banh Mi is one of Vietnam cuisines which is most favored by foreign tourists. In 2014, it was not less than five times Banh Mi was praised by foreign press. In comparison to other regions, Hoi An is considered as a place of making best Banh Mi in Vietnam. Referring to Banh Mi Hoi An, it is a mistake without mentioning Banh Mi Phuong. Similar to other Banh Mi in Vietnam, Banh Mi Hoi An is also made from familiar ingredient such as pork, pate, egg, Vietnam herbs, and sauces. Nonetheless, the owner of Banh Mi Phuong in Hoi An, Ms. Phuong has experienced in making millions of Banh Mi to serve both local citizens and worldwide travelers over 20 years. Therefore, this is a best place to taste Banh Mi.
Beo Cake is a popular cake in the Central and the Southern region of Vietnam. Beo Cake is made from three main ingredients including rice flour, shrimp and fish sauce. Unlike Banh Bao Banh Vac, the fish sauce of Beo Cake is directly sprinkled on the top of the dish. Other ingredients of Beo Cake are grease and onion and roasted peanuts. Generally, travelers can find Beo Cake in many restaurants in Hoi An, however, this dish is easier to find in suburban areas such as Cam Nhau or Cam Nam rather than in the center. Depending on the taste tourists can add chili sauce or fish sauce. Especially, to enjoy Beo Cake, people often use a knife made from bamboo instead of using chopsticks or spoons.
Steamed rice rolls with charcoal broiled pork can be found in Hoai River. This is a favorite dish of both adults and kids in Hoi An. A full dish of steamed rice rolls with charcoal broiled pork consists of grilled meat, steamed rice paper, vegetables, some types of herbs, and fish sauces. When travelers make a request for this dish, meat will be grilled on the spot, therefore, the dish is always hot and fragrant. Grilled meat will be rolled in a steamed rice paper along with vegetables and herbs, then this dish will be eaten with fish sauce to enjoy the delectable taste.
Sweet soup is a rustic dish not only in Hoi An but also throughout the country. There are different types of sweet soups with different colors and flavors. The main ingredients of sweet soups are green bean, black bean, or red bean. This ingredients will be cooked with coconut milk, cassava flour, isoamyl acetat, etc. to make the aroma of the soup. Sweet soup will be served with different types of ingredient such as dried banana, desiccated coconut, jujube, and so on. Enjoying a bowl of sweet soup, travelers will feel the sweet soul of Vietnam cuisine.