Restaurant: Brother’s Cafe
Location: Hoi An
Date: March 24, 2014
Rating: Great setting, Great food
We move on from Saigon to Hoi An, a small “ancient” city in the middle of Vietnam’s long coast. Hoi An is know for, among other things, its excellent food.
Cao Lou. This is the quintessential Hoi An dish, noodles with a bit of saffron, pork, various vegetables, and a delicious savory “sauce.” This was the best version of this spectacular dish we had on the trip. Apparently you can only really get it in Hoi An, as unless the sauce is made from the local well water, it isn’t “real Cao Lou.”
Tofu with minced pork in spicy sauce. This is the Vietnamese version of Ma Po tofu, one of my favorite Chinese dishes. It was good, although not terribly spicy like this amazing version. The Chinese have been in Vietnam for over a thousand years and certainly left their mark.
Brother’s was an upscale place, kinda “expensive” for Vietnam (maybe $30 a person). The food, however, was great, as was the atmosphere. Certainly a great start to our couple of days in Hoi An.