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Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine in Da Nang and Hoi An

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Outside Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City there is no better place to eat traditional Vietnamese cuisine than in the country's central region. Hoi An backs up its reputation as a tourist hub with a string of star restaurants serving wonderfully authentic cuisine. Da Nang, too, is no slouch. Both destinations can also call on an arsenal of street food favorites to further bolster their culinary credibility.
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Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
A hub for trade for centuries, Hoi An has always been an outward looking place. Foreign influences abound in its cuisine, and this take on Hainanese chicken rice reflects the city's links with southern China. The dish features shredded chicken...
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Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
Hoi An’s signature dish, Cao Lầu, is a Vietnamese noodle dish of pork, noodles, and fried croutons that originated from the small town. It's out of this world and not too be missed when passing through Hoi An.
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Careful cookery, with good enough service, too. When I return to Hoi An, I'll just dine here every day, it's consistent to the core, every other restaurant in town is a bore. [Feature dish: White Rose (banh bao): steamed prawns in rice dumplings...
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335 Nguyễn Duy Hiệu, Cẩm Châu, Hội An, Quảng Nam 563830, Vietnam
The restaurant is not on 40 Le Loi, but, nearby: "Down the alley next to 60 Le Loi, Hoi An". Great food, service, and nice inside/outside restaurant, with good vibe. [Pictured: Beautifully grilled and garnished eggplant and bell pepper.]
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03 Hoàng Diệu Thị Xã Hội An, Cẩm Châu, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
I showed the picture on my phone to fruit vendor at the Hoi An market early in the morning. Her once stern face softened and she soon sprung to life eager to help me find the Banh Mi shop in the picture. She drew me maps, and practically walked me...
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Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
Of all Hoi An's culinary specialties, White Rose (banh bao vac) is the most aesthetically appealing. These delicate morsels are a type of shrimpl dumpling made from translucent white dough bunched up to look like a rose. Presented on a plate they...
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With the East Sea lapping close by, it is not surprising that Danang has a food scene the equal of most cities in Vietnam. Although sometimes overshadowed by nearby Hoi An, the bigger city has a wealth of sensational local venues whipping up...
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166 Lê Đình Dương, Hải Châu 2, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Most bigger Vietnamese cities have their own noodle specialty and Danang is no exception. In its case, the dish in question -- mi quang -- is an absolute classic. The dish is made with wide egg noodles, with a characteristic slippery quality,...
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4 Bạch Đằng, Thạch Thang, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
For those who wish to sample a selection of choices from Vietnam's formidable culinary arsenal in a spotless setting, Madam Lan's is by far the best choice in Danang. Housed in a French/Vietnamese colonial mansion, the restaurant does a wide range...