I've put together a quick guide of some of my favorite foods in Hoi An, Vietnam. One US dollar at the time of writing was just over 21,000 dong. If you ever plan on visiting this lovely town, be sure to eat these four things:
Spring rolls are a traditional Vietnamese food and for good reason. I liked them because they are usually served stuffed with fresh vegetables, which can be hard to come by when you're traveling. Spring rolls can range in quality and price. The most simple spring rolls come with some skewered, grilled meat and some greens wrapped in rice paper. More complex spring rolls can include rice pancakes, small omelets, more varied vegetable options, cooked noodles, and various sauce options for dipping. My favorite spring rolls were found at Bale Well, a modest restaurant in the city center that serves very big portions of incredibly tasty ingredients, but I also enjoyed the simpler versions, sold from a food cart on the south side of the bridge in the city center.
All around Hoi An and especially near the bridge, you can find women at food carts selling fried pastries. I tried everything they had to offer and the best was the sugar donuts. They are what they look like: fried warm dough, coated in sugar, and at 10-20,000 dong a pop (they'll start at 20, but you can negotiate them down), you can't beat the price.
Com Ga is a common street food in Hoi An and it is what it translates to: chicken and rice, served with a chili sauce and chicken broth. It's a simple dish that fills your belly and tastes good. I think we paid 30,000 dong per plate for this dish and it was delicious!