My 5: The White Lotus Restaurant – Hoi An, Vietnam.

The White Lotus Restaurant Hoi An Vietnam

1. May 2018. In addition to its handsome riverfront, gorgeously preserved old town and bustling markets, Hoi An is also a bit of a culinary mecca home to some of Vietnam’s most celebrated dishes. If you’re looking to try out some local chow, head on down to The White Lotus Restaurant & Cooking School on Phan Boi Chau Street.

Waitress The White Lotus Restaurant Hoi An Vietnam

2. May 2018. The restaurant is a subsidiary of Project Indochina, an Australian aid organization dedicated to the betterment of Hoi An’s disadvantaged communities. I was given a very warm welcome when I arrived on a boiling hot afternoon. The restaurant was deserted and I got the star treatment from the friendly waitress, who was quick to bring me a glass of icy water and setup a fan next to my table.

White Rose dish The White Lotus Restaurant Hoi An Vietnam

3. May 2018. Their menu features a variety of western dishes in addition to local favorites, but I’d done my research and already knew what I wanted. First up came a plate of White Rose, which was both delicious and beautifully presented. What is it? Chopped shrimp and pork in rice paper dumplings topped with shredded onions 59000 VND (£2/€2.20/$2.55).

Cau Lau Pork Noodles The White Lotus Restaurant Hoi An Vietnam

4. May 2018. As good as the White Rose is, it’s really just a lite bite, so for my main I went for another local favorite, Cau Lau. This bowl of tasty pork noodles comes sprinkled with crispy rice crackers, salad and chili sauce for 49000 (£1.60/€1.80/$2.10).

Geoff Shaw The White Lotus Restaurant Hoi An Vietnam

5. May 2018. I was fortunate enough to have a short chat with restaurant owner and Project Indochina founder Geoff Shaw. He even took time out to pose for this photograph, despite clearly being very busy and a little frustrated with the seemingly endless red tape of his upcoming visa renewal. He came across as a very humble and understated man who goes about his business with a quiet confidence. If you drop by for a bite he’s usually around and is very approachable. The White Lotus Restaurant is open daily from 09:00-22:30. For more info, check in at http://www.projectindochina.com/white-lotus-restaurant

For more great eats in the city, take a peek at My 5 on Hoi An Night Market.

 For an overview of the city sights, dive into my other articles on Hoi An.

Like these? Check out many more My 5s from all over Vietnam.

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