This street food tasting tour is an entertaining and informative way to approach sight-seeing in Hoi An from a different angle. Vietnam is a culinary nation – nothing is more important to the Vietnamese than what they eat! You start by visiting a colourful and friendly local ‘wet’ market which is well off the tourist map. You’ll get the chance to meet and chat with stallholders to learn more about the huge choice of ingredients on sale. Everything from silk worms, a huge variety of fresh fragrant herbs and vegetables to the meat and fish sections can be seen.
Leaving the market continue along both high streets and back streets, discovering out-of-the-way producers and street vendors making and selling a wide variety of exotic foods. Your final destination of the morning will be a local restaurant where a mammoth tasting session begins. A wide selection of local delicacies bought directly from the markets can be sampled. Learn the names and meanings of the different foods, as well as the main ingredients and the etiquette of how to eat them. This tasting session will give you a deeper understanding of Vietnamese cuisine and the purpose of the tour is to give an opportunity to try the huge variety of foods of the local Hoi An people – the benefit also goes back to the vendors as all dishes are bought directly from them.
The tour departs only in the mornings, so as to make the most of the markets. It’s best to have only had a light breakfast in your hotel and, even then, only if you must! The program may change depending on weather conditions.