Bánh Bèo, the popular local dish in Hội An

IMG_5853“Bánh Bèo” is very popular in the middle of Viet Nam and it is also a special local food in Hội An. Tourists arriving in Hoi An not only enjoy the beautiful scenery, but also enjoy the special foods. Enjoying food is also a culinary art and more importantly, local food also expresses the culture and traditions of the different regions, where you have ever visited.

Culinary arts in Hội An today are very diverse with lots of delicious dishes… some expensive, some cheap… European, Chinese, Indian… and Vietnamese. However, when the visitors come to Hội An, they often enjoy the rustic dishes in a small restaurant or on the sidewalk. There are many delicious local dishes in Hội An but we specially mention “Bánh Bèo” is a simple dish but it taste well for most people.

Bánh Bèo is very simple as its name suggests but very delicious, the way to make “Bánh Bèo” is not so difficult, but making a delicious cake soft and beautiful requires a personal formula for each small restaurant.


– Main components of “Bánh Bèo” include: rice flour, stuffing (from shrimp and pork ground) and fish sauce with green chilli.

– Auxiliary components of “Bánh Bèo” include: fried onion, crushed roasted peanuts or “ram giòn” (from dried and fried noodles).

IMG_5872“Bánh Bèo” is steamed and then served with a porcelain bowl and a bamboo spoon to enjoy it.

In addition, more special, you can enjoy “sweet Bánh Bèo”. It is only available in Hội An. They add a little bit sugar into the rice flour to create the “sweet Bánh Bèo” delicious and strange taste.

The best small Bánh bèo restaurants in Hội An are on the sidewalk. Make sure that, when you visit a banh beo restaurant, you will probably enjoy a few dozen bowls.

Seven specific small Banh Beo Restaurants in Hội An.

1. Aunt Tai’s “Bánh Bèo cart”.

She pushes her cart around Hoi An to sell “Bánh Bèo”. Some names of streets she often comes: Ly Thuong Kiet, Ngo Gia Tu, Tran Hung Dao and she finishes on Nguyen Hue street.


She starts at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.

2. Aunt Bay’s is at the corner of the old wall on Hoang Van Thu street.

While walking, viewing, taking some photos in the old town or relaxing, you also can enjoy Banh Beo dish.

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It is opened in the afternoon.

3. “Bánh Bèo Rừng” is at 17 Dinh Tien Hoang street (near Tan An market)


It is only opened in the morning.

4. Aunt Lan’s is at 62 Phan Dinh Phung street (near Tan An market)

It is opened about between 4 or 5 o’clock in the afternoon.


5. Aunt Tu’s is on Phan Dinh Phung street, in the alley near Pacific Hospital

It is opened about 4 o’clock in the afternoon.


6. Aunt Ha’s is on Nguyen Tat Thanh street (next to Cat Tien coffee shop)

It is opened all day.


7. Aunt Ty’s is on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, in front of Phung Hung old house , near Japanese bridge


It is only opened in the morning.

There are so many dishes to try in Hoi An, banh beo – water fern cake is just one of those. If you want to try all the best food in Hoi An then join a food tour. An evening food tour will be very interesting at which you can both enjoy Hoi An’s food and get excellent insight into Hoi An’s life by hanging around with locals and playing some traditional games here. Have a look at http://hoianfoodtour.com/holiday/evening-walking-food-tour/


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