I’ve always loved Vietnamese food. The freshness of the herbs, the tang of the lime, the kick of the chilli; such big flavours combining to deliver something so seemingly simple. But these meals are anything but. These meals are perfectly balanced flavours, well-considered textures and eye-catching colours, working harmoniously to offer something far better than you could have imagined.
You’ll find dishes like these all over Vietnam but in my opinion the best can be found in the beautiful little city of Hoi An. Luckily, like most things in Vietnam, these dishes are extremely inexpensive, meaning your first bite of that crunchy bành mì or slurp of that flavour-packed cao lau are some of the best mouthfuls of value you’ll find.
Take a walk with me down the lantern-lit lanes of Hoi An, and discover what this little culinary gem has to offer.