Hoi An recognized as Vietnam’s new food capital
Updated at Monday, 23 Apr 2018, 11:37
The Hanoitimes - Hoi An has recently been recognized as Vietnam’s new food capital by the World Association of Chef Societies.
Hoi An already best known for peaceful streets and mossy houses, is now a culinary destination of Vietnam. The ancient town was a famous commercial port in the 17th and 18th centuries. Trade exchanges have enriched local culture and the culinary in particular.
Hoi An traditional cuisine.
Nguyen Van Son, Vice Chairman of the Hoi An Municipal People’s Committee, outlines a plan to develop cuisine into a special tourism product.
“Hoi An will focus on ensuring the quality of ingredients, which must be clean, fresh and have clear origins. We are preparing to establish the Hoi An Chefs’ Association and connect it with fishermen and farmers in order to reduce intermediary costs, helping farmers to sell their products directly to processors”, Son was quoted as saying.
The city also plans to upgrade its infrastructure and train its chefs in a professional manner as an effort to ensure Hoi An food tourism remains attraction.
A new night market has been opened near Hoi An market and will operate daily from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm with 56 pavilions. The new Hoi An night market was opened on March 8 on the streets of Tran Quy Cap, Bach Dang, Tieu La and Hoang Van Thu to facilitate local people’s commercial activities in the east of the old quarter.
The market will have 56 pavilions stretching 120m along Tran Quy Cap Street, with 43m on Bach Dang and another 10m on Hoang Van Thu Street. There are plans for an additional 40 stands to be installed along 130m of Tieu La Road in the future.
Hoi An now has three night markets, with the new addition and the two old markets of Nguyen Hoang, which sells souvenirs, and Con Nu Ngoc Hoa, which specialises in cuisine.
In 2017, Hoi An city welcomed more than 3.2 million tourists visited, a pickup of 21% against the year earlier. The 3.22 million visitors included 1.78 million foreigners and 1.44 million domestic visitors, according to the Quang Nam Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.