I spent last weekend in Vietnam. Danang and Hoi An to be precise, due to the Vietnam Ironman 70.3 event. A grueling & lengthy triathlon in almost 40 degree heat. So, in preparation for what was to be a tough Sunday of … cheerleading and banner-waving, and thinking it best to leave our Iron men to it in Danang, chatting hydration techniques and race day breakfast tactics, on Saturday the WAGs headed to nearby Hoi An for a spot of sightseeing, and lunch. It’s not as though you should need much of an excuse to spend a weekend in Hoi An, but should you find yourself in a similar situation then there are some great eating spots.
After a couple of hours of hot shopping we were in need of a pick-me-up, so headed to one of the outlets of Hoi An Roastery, an espresso and coffee house. Here we discovered fantastic coffee, fresh juices and smoothies, whilst we watched the quiet world go by.
Another couple of hours and it was definitely time for lunch, so based on a solid recommendation we headed to Morning Glory. I in turn will recommend it to anyone & everyone else. It was brilliantly fresh, tasty and delicious Vietnamese food, at a really reasonable price.
We shared a variety of starters which included (and from now on I apologise for any Vietnamese misnomers or errors in translation) Bánh Xèo; a sizzling crispy pancake with pork & shrimp & beansprouts. You take a piece, along with a fresh herb mix of mint, basil, thai basil, coriander & lettuce and roll the whole thing up in rice paper. Dipped in sweet & spicy chilli sauce. Yum. Crispy spring rolls (Cha Gio) were hot and light, and the green mango salad was fresh, sour and spicy, studded with crunchy peanuts and fried shallots.
On to mains and there were a variety of dishes around the table, from the Banh Mi (vietnamese baguette) to Bun Bo Xao (stir fried beef with vermicelli noodles, peanuts and zingy dressing) and the classic Pho. But everyone was chewing and smiling in agreement that it was all delicious. A shared side dish of soft buttery pumpkin was a delight.
I went for stuffed squid with pork and it was one of those stand out dishes that i will remember for a while. Absolutely incredible. The squid was soft and tender,the minced pork so tasty & juicy, the whole thing coated in a sticky sauce and bursting with flavour from lemongrass, chilli, soy and five spice.
We left the restaurant almost as stuffed as my squid, and pleasantly surprised by the reasonable bill for the amount of food consumed. It only took another hour or so though and we were back at Hoi An Roastery to try their tempting cakes and home made ice creams. Sustenance before heading back to meet our iron men, it was a tough event ahead after all.
Morning Glory, 106 Nguyễn Thái Học, tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Hoi An Roastery- Coffee & Espresso House, 135 Trần Phú, tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam