The International Food Festival – Quang Nam 2023 with the theme “Quang Land with the culinary quintessence of four directions” will take place from August 31 to September 3 at An Hoi Statue Garden, Hoi An City. On this occasion, Quang noodle processing industry in Quang Nam province will be included in the list of national intangible cultural heritage.
Quang Nam Provincial People’s Committee has just issued a dispatch on the plan to organize the International Food Festival – Quang Nam 2023 (Quang Nam International Festival of Gastronomy 2023) with the theme “Quang Land with the quintessence of four-way cuisine”.
The festival aims to honor, preserve and promote the cultural, culinary and tourism values of Quang Nam province; effectively building and exploiting cultural, culinary and tourism brands through the development of diverse, quintessential, unique and quality cultures, cuisine and tourism.
Cao lầu (pork rice noodles)
It’s unique to the town and made from local ingredients according to a secret recipe. The name (“Cao Lầu”) harks back to the 17th century, when it was served to wealthy people who ate upstairs at restaurants. What’s special about it? Firstly, the noodles. They’re said to be made with water from the 10th-century of Ba Le well. Wood ash from Melaleuca trees on the nearby Cham islands is mixed into this water. The resulting noodles are big and firm, with a unique texture resembling Japanese Udon. These are topped with pork-char siu slices , bean sprouts, fresh herbs, and dry pancake. This is finished off Vietnamese-style: with a spoonful of broth, chili, and lime. Superb!
Địa chỉ: 26 Thái Phiên, Hội An, Quảng Nam
Bánh ướt thịt nướng (grilled pork spring rolls)
Variations of this ‘soup-salad’ dish can be found across Quảng Nam province. Quảng noodles are flat, chewy rice noodles often infused with turmeric. These are placed atop fresh ingredients and tossed with proteins including pork, chicken, beef, shrimp, or quail eggs. A yummy ladle of broth is added. Rice crackers, fresh herbs, roasted peanuts, and chili add crunch and pops of flavor.
Mì Quảng (quang noodles)
Variations of this ‘soup-salad’ dish can be found across Quảng Nam province. Quảng noodles are flat, chewy rice noodles often infused with turmeric. These are placed atop fresh ingredients and tossed with proteins including pork, chicken, beef, shrimp, or quail eggs. A yummy ladle of broth is added. Rice crackers, fresh herbs, roasted peanuts, and chili add crunch and pops of flavor
Địa chỉ: 122 Trần Cao Vân, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam
Cơm gà (chicken rice)
Craving rice rather than noodles? Your go-to should be chicken rice, available all over Hoi An. (In fact, some quip that you haven’t really been to Hoi An if you haven’t tried its cơm gà.) Since it’s similar to the chicken rice from countries such as Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia, it’s believed to have originated from the Hainanese dish imported by Chinese immigrants. But in Hoi An, the chicken comes shredded. Plus, the fresh sides are distinctly Vietnamese. The fragrant yellow pilaf rice is flavored with chicken broth and turmeric. Alongside the poached chicken, you’ll get herbs, a bowl of chicken soup, and a sour papaya salad. All in all: a well-balanced meal.
Bánh xèo (savoury Vietnamese pancake)
Visitors to Vietnam are easily enamored by the savory ‘pancake-spring roll’ you can get all over the country. Why? First, it’s another dish you assemble yourself (note: it can get messy!). Second, the pancakes differ from place to place (try as many as you can!). Third, it’s the perfect combo of fried food with fresh food. Once your pancakes are served, slice them up and roll them with herbs and greens into the dry rice paper provided. Then dip away in the sauce.
Bánh Bao Bánh Vạc (White Rose Dumpling)
The name of this dumpling, unique to Hoi An, comes from its rose-like shape. Its recipe is apparently guarded by the third generation of the same family that has long provided these dumplings across Hoi An. The steamed dumpling is made from rice flour and the same well water used in cao lầu. It’s filled with minced pork, shrimp, and mushrooms. And topped with crispy spring onion and shallots
Địa chỉ: 14 Bà Triệu, Hội An, Quảng Nam
Bánh mì (Vietnamese baguette sandwich)
As with all places in Vietnam, you can find this baguette-like staple sandwich at street stalls across Hoi An. While you can get bánh mì everywhere, the late American chef and travel journalist Anthony Bourdain said those served at Bánh Mì Phượng are the best in Hoi An.
Bánh Đập & Hến Xào Hội An
“Banh Đập” is made from sticky, fragrant rice. Part made wet cake, part made baked rice paper. Serve with seasoning sauce. In addition to the main dish, which is pound cake, the shop also sells fried mussels. Crispy crackers are served with stir-fried mussels, combined with dipping sauce.ư
Địa chỉ: Cẩm Nam Island, Hoi An, Quảng Nam
Bánh đậu xanh ( Mung Bean Cake)
Sweet green bean cake is a familiar dish of Vietnamese people often enjoyed with hot cups of tea. However, when coming to Hoi An, you will enjoy an extremely attractive salty green bean cake flavor of the old town. This specialty of Hoi An has a savory filling with pork and the crust is covered with a layer of fatty green beans. When enjoying, you will immediately feel the softness of the crust and the delicious salty taste of the pork inside. Salty green bean cake is also an attractive snack to use as an afternoon snack
- Lò bánh bà Trinh – 62 Lê Lợi, phường Minh An, Tp. Hội An.
- Bánh đậu xanh Xuân Cơ – 127 Phan Bội Cơ, phường Tân Thạnh, Tp. Tam Kỳ.