Bookcases filled with old comic books line the walls of this spacious restaurant, far removed from the busy streets of Hoi An’s Ancient Town. From a thick menu of teas, drinks, and vegetarian Vietnamese dishes, we choose two 'fresh' (aka draft) local beers, two green teas and a shared set menu.
Before we get to the food, there’s something to be said about the beer. Straightforward and refreshing, the ‘fresh’ Vietnamese lager runs a guest 3,000 dong at Minh Hien. That’s approximately 14 cents in USD. Seriously, where else, anywhere, can you get a beer for 14 cents. And it’s good! For a minute, we consider bringing water bottles back to fill for our train ride the following day. Sadly, we don't, and in the end we definitely regret it.
Back to the food. The Hoi An special noodles are thick, chewy and really, really, yummy. The spring rolls are perfectly fried and the banh xeo (Vietnamese pancakes made of rice flour, water, and turmeric powder) is served with fresh greens, bean sprouts, and squash, then wrapped ‘like a cigarette’ in rice paper before being dipped in homemade spicy sauce. The steam from banana leaf-wrapped tofu, onions, mushrooms, and spices wafts across the table and we’re reminded of just how good the food is in this country. And did we mention the 14 cent beer?
Jeff & Lorna
5/22/2015 02:31:30 am
Meg & Ryan, your great description of food and 14c beer have encouraged us to go for Vietnam food tonight. Wish we were there again.
5/22/2015 12:26:39 pm
I don't even drink and 14 c beer sounds good to me too!
5/23/2015 06:33:01 pm
Ha - so glad we put you in the spirit for Vietnamese! The food has been incredible...we're both surprised at how much we have enjoyed it. That being said, we're definitely itching for some Mexican right about now. :)
5/22/2015 12:25:51 pm
Question: I would like to know how your communication is. Are there many people who speak English? How do you communicate? Pictures are super. Fun to follow your trip. I look forward to the next episode.
5/23/2015 06:36:52 pm
Hi Tim! Communication has definitely been a challenge in most places. We've found that people speak more English in cities or if they are working in tourism. But generally, English hasn't been common. We've gotten REALLY good at mime.
Ryan & Megan
1/14/2022 12:28:06 pm
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!
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