With natural ingredients, hard work and creativity, Hoi An has produced a rustic cake that attracts everyone. Cakes are sold at the markets, sidewalks and street corners keeping alive an old tradition. Cakes from Hoi An are appreciated as gifts brought home by visitors, children especially love their sweet taste.
1. Ít Lá Gai cake
The best known cake in Hoi An, made from “Gai leaf”. “It La Gai” cake is sold in most regions in Viet Nam, especially in Hoi An, It La Gai cake is very popular because of its unusual but delicious. It is a sweet, black cake with crushed green been inside and wrapped in banana leaf. The special taste of these small round cakes will surely make you fall in love with them immediately.
Most cakes taste sweet but there are also cakes with a salty taste. These delicious salty cakes are popular with the local and should be tried by tourists visiting Hoi An
2. Su Se Cake
Su Se cake of Hoi An is very popular and sweet. Su Se cake is made from flour and small cut coconut, It is yellow or white, soft and brittle. People often confuse this cake and It La Gai cake because the two cakes have the same shape Both cakes are wrapped in banana leaf but the way of wrapping is different.
3. Green bean cake
Green cake is a very special cake in Hoi An, outside the cake is sweet but the inside of cake is salty. There are many traditional green bean cake bakeries in Hoi An, but each bakery has a different character, secret to create a unique taste. It is made primarily from green beans and good for the health. There are two kinds of green bean cakes: dried and soft. Both however are equally delicious.
4. Da Lợn cake
It is the sweet soft square cake with the color of the rainbow. Surely, you will be attracted to the outside of the cake at one, the shape of cake is not only beautiful but also very tasty.
5. Xoai cake/ Mango cake
Called Mango Cake, but you never find the taste of Mango, because it is not a fruit cake, its name has raised curiosity and questions. In fact, it is called “Mango Cake” because its shape is the same as a Mango or Mango seed. Mango cake is sweet, soft and tasty, you will love it at the first bite.
6. Ram cake
Ram cake is crispy fried with oil, do not get confused with the Ram cake of Hue. Ram cake in Hoi An is a sweet cake with black bean or green bean and sugar almond inside.
You should enjoy Ram Cake and Xoai Cake together. They are lovely combination. They are a popular dessert especially for children.
7. Bo Cake
Bo Cake is white round and soft with a bit cut coconut and flour. You can enjoy Bo cake instead of breakfast of dessert after every meal.
The seven cakes mentioned are popular, cheap and delicious. They have become part of our life and the local children grow up with their sweet taste.
Hoi An is both peaceful and homely. Coming to Hoi An, you can feel the pace of life slow down, you can wonder around the tranquil streets, visiting shops, restaurants, and old houses.
Hoi An has many souvenir shops for visitors to buy gifts for family and friends at home. When looking for a suitable souvenirs, remember, even the smallest gift can be the most meaningful… and these small delicious cakes will also be the most valuable gifts for them.
If you want to enjoy these cakes but don’t know where to buy it, why don’t you join an evening food tour?
Hoi An Food Tour’s guides will take you around trying Hoi An’s food and give you an excellent insight of Hoi An’s food, culture and history. Besides, you can play Hoi An traditional games and have fun releasing paper lanterns on the river with the guides. Details at http://hoianfoodtour.com/holiday/evening-walking-food-tour/
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