Central Vietnam offers an array of traditional cuisine including imperial dishes from Hue, like sticky rice wrapped in palm leaves, once reserved for emperors and now enjoyed by all. Taste cau lau, Hoi An’s udon-like noodles, my quang homemade yellow rice noodles served with pork chops or chicken slivers in shrimp or pork stock and an open faced shrimp dumpling in thin rice paper rolls known as white roses. Legend has it that all three items originated in Hoi An. Today you’ll have no trouble finding them around town and at The Nam Hai. Try our Nam Hai Culinary Adventure, a Vietnamese cooking class for up to five participants. Follow our chef around the frenetic local wet market before continuing on to pick herbs and vegetables in the Nam Hai’s organic garden. Cook like a pro with giant woks on high-pressure stoves in the restaurant kitchen then enjoy your gourmet accomplishments along with a glass of imported wine, or two.
Hoi An boasts almost as many eateries as tailors. Our favourites include:
Housed in an exquisite French colonial mansion along the river that served as the Police Outpost during the French occupation, this charmer serves Hoi An’s three indigenous treats plus a round up of the country’s tastiest flavours with an emphasis on local seafood.
27-29-31 Phan Boi Chau Street T (84) 510 3914 150
Owner and local celebrity Chef Duc survived the boat migration in the 70’s, getting first to Malaysia eventually growing up along the Texas-Mexico border. Now back in his homeland, Duc infuses Vietnamese classics with fresh mangoes and passion fruits as well as a few Texan touches.
111 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street T (84) 510 3910 839
This cooking school and top-notch Vietnamese restaurant is most romantically accessed by a 30 minute boat ride from Hoi An.
Thon 4, Cam Thanh T (84) 510 3933 222
Getting to this hidden gem is half the fun, especially for first timers though all equally will appreciate the authentic local dishes.
132/2 Tran Phu Street T (84) 510 2212 640
For more information or assistance with reservations, please contact:
T (84) 510 394 0000 ext. 7431 or 7432