Hoi An is a quaint town, just few minutes south of Danang. The streets are lined with rustic houses, small galleries, markets, cafes, and restaurants. It’s also a wonderful place to experience local cuisine and get fitted at one of the town’s countless tailor shops for custom-made clothing. Despite the increase in tourism, Hoi An seems to have retained its ageless charm. Most of all, I love how everything moves at a slower pace in Central Vietnam.
Cao lau, a Hoi An specialty noodle dish, is a bowl of thick noodles topped with slices of stewed pork, vegetables, bean sprouts, herbs, and crispy fried dough. They say the water used to make the noodles must be drawn from the town’s historic Ba Le Well.
The Anthony Bourdain segment with Ms. Phuong in action.
Bale Well Restaurant (45-51 Tran Hung Dao St) is our absolute favorite place to grab food in Hoi An. They don’t have a menu, but it’s more or less, an all-you-can-eat Hoi An local food for less than $5. After the owner warmly welcomed us, we were literally fed until we were completely stuffed. Also, I’m convinced that the best cooks in Vietnam wear their PJs.
Hoi An is a popular place for getting custom-made clothing and brimming with mishmash of good and bad tailor shops. Thanks to my friend Austin’s recommendation, I had a wonderful experience at Peace Tailor Shop (89A Tran Hung Dao St). It was really fun picking out the fabric, buttons, lace trims, and working out the details, and of course getting measured and fitted. I was a bit nervous, but both of my dresses turned out just as I had imagined and I didn’t have to break the bank.