Eat & Buy: Hoi An and My Son Visit 2


Traditional Chicken Rice (Com Ga), Hien Com Ga, Hoi An Town
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Around Hoi An Town is full of restaurants, cafes and street food, especially riverside. Visitors always spend their time for dining and drinking. Western style and fusion eateries are perhaps more than the Vietnamese’s.

After my first night in Hoi An, I turned to look for authentic Vietnamese. A few well designed restaurants provided delicious meals and a bit pricey. The popular were packed all the time.

Old Garden Restaurant, Hoi An Town
Old Garden
In an alley on Tran Phu Street
See the menu at the entrance to the alley

I met this local restaurant at night by its menu installing under a lamp’s light. After reading the food list I backed to the restaurant in the next day with 3 of white friends. They served a number of Vietnamese with generous portions and fair prices. We enjoyed the food and the ambience.

Hien Com Ga (Chicken rice)
Hai Ba Trung Street, opposite Dai Long Hotel
30,000VND / Soup 10,000VND
Open at the evening till early night

Com Ga (Chicken rice) is seemed to be one of favourite dishes in Hoi An. We can see several Com Ga stalls at night across Hoi An Town. This one is always full with the locals. Although, it is located on the tourist area, only I was their foreign guest.

Vietnamese Chicken rice is cooked by chicken soup like Chinese chicken rice. Yellowish rice is served with pieces of boil chicken along with fresh veggies and condiment. Veggies and condiment are differed from Chinese’s recipe.

Dingo Deli Grocery Shop, Hoi An-Cau Dai Beach
Breakfast Set at Dingo Deli
Dingo Deli
Cau Dai Road
Delicatessen, food and wine

I rented a motorbike to explore beaches nearby Hoi An Town. Dingo Deli was one of my destinations. It’s the top rated restaurant in Hoi An. I ordered the brunch; Parma ham, warmed bread, cheeses, fruits and hot coffee. Oh..it was so big!.

The couple of Australians (again) run this deli with heart. What I paid was less than in Bangkok for 50% and much more in quantity and quality. The ambience is so nice; they have a shelf of English magazine for customers that rarely find in Vietnam. I like Dingo Deli.

Mango Cheese Cake and Coffee Latte, Cargo Club, Hoi An Town
Cargo Club
Nguyen Thai Hoc Sreet
Restaurant and Patisserie

Cargo Club have river-view terrace upstairs and offers a variety of food, sweet, coffee and ice cream. The restaurant has never been quite. Waiters are so busy all the time.

There are several restaurants that look like the same; exterior, interior, location, food style and price. Cargo Club is the first priority.

Casa Verde
Bach Dang Street, riverside
Café and Homemade Ice Cream

Casa Verde’s location is humble. It is on the popular street on the river edge but difficult to notice. They serve short list of Western food and homemade ice cream. There are a few tables and the vibe is simple.

Hand Made Products: Reaching Out Shop, Hoi An Town
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Hoi An is handicraft town. Visitors enjoy the town with shopping and dining. Souvenir shops are on every corner. I have found the best items in Reaching Out.

Reaching Out – www.reachingoutvietnam.com
Nguyen Thai Hoc Street
Vietnamese souvenirs

Hoi An have produced ceramic wares for centuries. Reaching Out has trained artisans with disabilities to continue the great skills. There are other items such as jewelries and embroideries. Their workshop is at the back of the house.

Handicraft products are high quality, creative design and showing the expertise. Please reserve your luggage for shopping at this fantastic and dedicated shop.

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