Specialties of food vendors in hoi an

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Coming to the ancient town of Hoi An, one of the most attractive cities in Asia, tourists can enjoy specialties right on the street. Hoi An used to be one of the busiest cities in Cochin, which conversed the East and West cultures, therefore, the food here is very diverse and abundant.

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Specialties of food vendors in hoi an

  1. 1. Specialties of food vendors in Hoi An Coming to the ancient town of Hoi An, one of the most attractive cities in Asia, tourists can enjoy specialties right on the street Read more about Hoi An and Vietnam from  Where is Vietnam Blog  An Bang – little known beautiful beach in Hoi An  Specialties of food vendors in Hoi An Hoi An used to be one of the busiest cities in Cochin, which conversed the East and West cultures, therefore, the food here is very diverse and abundant. Today, many traditional cuisines and specialties are offered by street vendors. At about 2pm, one can hear vendors advertising their food on the street. Whenever they find a customer, they stop, place down their bamboo frame under the shade of the tree to prepare food. The customers can enjoy the food right on the pavement or take it away. If they want to taste the cuisines on the spot, the vendors will lay the table, which is a small chair, to arrange food. Sidewalk restaurant in Hoi An Ms. Huong, who has been selling “banh beo” (rice cake with shrimp powder) for more than 20 years, said that both Vietnamese and foreign tourists love to enjoy her food on the street. “The food is not very strange to many people but they like the way it is served and its special flavor. They can also witness the life of local people while eating."
  2. 2. Visitors can find all kinds of food on the street, from Hue’s cuisines as banh beo, banh bot loc, rice with mussel to Chinese cuisines like tofu, xi ma phu, cao lau and Vietnamese and Chinese noodles, which are changed a little in the flavor. The food is served by mobile vendors but it is always hot. A food vendor in Hoi An. Banh bot loc and rolls are placed in the large pot smoothly, attractively to pedestrian. Adding spicy and sweet fish sauce characterized in the Central makes visitors so excited. The food is sold on the sidewalk with low tables and chairs or taken everywhere, however, it is always hot. Especially for xi ma phu, also known as black sesame sweet soup, which best served when still hot regardless of the weather. Kinds of sweet soup as corn, red beans are cooked by materials from the land surrounding Hoai River. So, Hoi An corn sweet soup is not strange but till well known everywhere. Even, specialty dishes like Cao Lau, Quang noodles, mixed mussel appear more and more in the street vendors. Visitors are interested in walking and then sitting somewhere to enjoy specialties, watching lives of local people. Another reason that street vendors become favorite places is the price is very affordable. A bowl of banh beo or a sweet potato pie costs 5,000 dong, banh loc or grilled corn costs 10,000 dong. Dishes like Cao lau, Quang noodles cost 20,000 to 30,000 dong / bowl. Ram cake, Sugar cake also only costs 5,000 to 10,000 dong / piece.
  3. 3. With the life style of ancient people, current regulation must be also consistent with the life here. Hoi An hawkers are not suppressed, banned as in other cities, on the other hand they became beauty in culture and cuisine, which helps to develop tourism as well as people in the city. Hawkers in crowded streets will charge fee of seating. They must learn sales rule as hygiene, not encroaching roadways, not inviting guests with insistence, not getting high prices. "I charge the same prices for both locals and tourists," said Ms. Hoa, who sells sweet soup on Bach Dang Street. Banh beo in Hoi An served with crispy fried Ram (using bamboo stick to eat) Walking through the ancient streets of Hoi An as Tran Phu, Le Loi, Nguyen Thai Hoc or along the Hoai River, you will see women walking with a bamboo frame on their shoulder, inviting tourists to buy their food. If the tourists refuse, they will still receive a wish and a smile from the vendor. Small roads in Hoi An like the chess board, so tourists prefer walking to see the ancient town. And in each corner, the image of female vendors with delicious banh beo, banh loc is caught by the tourists’ camera. Therefore, food vendors are well- known and loved by everyone. People will always remember an old- man vendor with xi ma phu becoming beauty at here as well as familiar but strange dishes when having a chance to visit the ancient town of Hoi An

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