Hoi An Cuisine: Slow food at its best
Posted On Fri, May 13, 2016 by Lena & Ami - Wanderlust
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Cao Lau Hoi An specialty - Hoi An cuisine tour
 
thoroughly steam the eggplant, flatten and fry it while slowly adding sugar and fish sauce and continuously flipping it until all the flavors are absorbed. At a vegetarian restaurant called An Niem on Nguyen Duy Hieu street the chef slices the eggplant into small slices, puts them into a bowl similar to those used to serve obioidei fish, and simmers them in soy sauce and other spices. The chef lets the dish cook slowly on low heat as he is in no hurry. After about ten minutes, when the eggplant has been cooked, the chef will put the entire bowl on top of a small piece of coconut shell and serve it with some white rice to the guests. The diners, who have been waiting, open the lid right away to find a delicious smell waking up their senses. 

Those who love seafood must visit the colorful An Bang Beach Village. The restaurant is decorated with honeycomb walls, Hoi An lanterns hang from the ceiling and bamboo chairs are waiting for guests. In the evening the owner even lights up some wax candles on the walls to set the mood. If guests do not know what to order the best thing is to ask for are the owner’s suggestions. Similar to western restaurants, here an “item of the day” is on offer, which often depends on what the suppliers’ catch of the day was. 
 
Whenever people mention Hoi An’s cuisine, they are thinking of Cao Lau (a bowl of thick noodles), chicken rice, Ms. Phuong’s Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich) or more fancy dishes like White Roses sold in the old town. However Hoi An is larger than the 2 kilometer radius around the town center. The total area of Hoi An is 30 times larger and that is not counting the nearby craft villages. And in this whole area a diverse culinary experience can be had.

Hoi An’s cuisine seems simple at first but stay long enough and you  
will come to know its sophistication. Great food is not only delicious because of its flavors, but also its presentation, the origin of the ingredients and unique recipes that have been passed down through the generations. More importantly these dishes must be prepared in a calm and gentle manner and cannot be rushed like fast food. 

With simple ingredients you can find at any market, like eggplant and some green onion, Hoi An’s people can prepare several dishes just by giving a recipe a little twist. The most common way would be to 
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