The smiley lady and her Cao Lau

The town of Hoi An has a rich and diverse history, creating a perfect melting pot of cultures and arguably one of the best food scenes in all of Vietnam.

The most famous dish is almost certainly Cao Lau. Barbecued pork is served with crunchy croutons and fresh greens, all on a bed of some pretty special noodles.

Ingredients are only available in the surrounding area, including water from a specific well, and ash from a nearby island, making this dish unique to Hoi An. The exact process is a secret but the results are magical.

While many versions were excellent, our favourite was probably one of the many food stalls in Hoi An’s central market hall. Here we found the croutons to be light, the pork cooked perfectly and of course the noodles were stretchy and delicious.

IN SHORT – Many places will serve excellent Cao Lau in Hoi An, our tip would be to find one that seems popular with locals for an authentic and tasty experience.

Price: 30,000 Dong / £1 / 1.1€ / $1.3
Taste: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Location: Look for that lady in the food hall of Hoi An Central Market
Opening times: Everyday from 5am to 4pm


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