We have found another local gem for breakfast in Hoi An, and it is none other than Op La Dong! Want to know what they have and why I think this is a gem in Hoi An? Come with me to find out more~! ⸜( *ˊᵕˋ* )⸝

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How Did I Came Across Op La Dong?

While looking for food spots to visit in Hoi An, I spotted this gem on Google Maps, just a short walk from our hotel. Interested in finding out what fried egg, beef stew, and bun mean from the stall name, I started checking out photos shared on Google. And my oh my~! The food looks interesting and is not something we have seen people recommend before. Our curiosity led hubs and me to visit Op La Dong for an early breakfast adventure! (@´ー`)ノ゙

Enjoying Breakfast by the Roadside with the Locals at Op La Dong

We were surprised to see the place bustling with people when we got to Op La Dong! Unlike the usual food spots we have been to, this place has its seats and tables on the pavement, with a tent as shelter. If you think this local gem is found hidden in an alley, it is not! Instead of a hidden alley, this place is located by the roadside, with a lot of foot traffic. I expected many foreigners to be here since it is by the roadside. But interestingly, it was primarily packed with locals!

The front and menu of Op La Dong in Hoi An

As usual, hubs and I were confused about what to do. Haha! So, the number one thing we always like to do is grab ourselves a seat first. Sitting first and thinking later are always our strategies. (*/ω\) Once we got seated, a young lady approached us to take our order. She spoke perfect English and must have sensed from a distance that we were tourists from our confused faces. Haha! Thank you for approaching us first! ( ´ ω ` )

Sticky Rice that Resembles Our Old-School Glutinous Rice

There were only a few items on the menu, and we ordered the top two: Xoi Thit Xiu (sticky rice with pork) and Banh Mi Op La (omelette with bread). The Xoi Thit Xiu comes with sticky rice similar to the old-school glutinous rice in Singapore. The taste is also quite similar! What we have in Singapore is usually just glutinous rice. But here at Op La Dong, it came with two types of pork: luncheon meat and lean meat, topped with pork floss and fried onions.

The Xoi Thit Xiu and drinks we had at Op La Dong in Hoi An

I love glutinous rice, and my mum always makes it for me to bring home whenever we go back for a meal. So, as a glutinous rice lover, I give the sticky rice here a 10/10! Definitely try this luxurious sticky rice if you are curious about the flavour~!

One of the Most Fulfilling Breakfasts in Hoi An

The op la, or sunny-side-up egg, was served on a hot plate with a banh mi (baguette) on the side. Besides the omelette, there was also a small amount of greens, meatballs and tomatoes on top of it. What I like about baguettes in Vietnam is how soft they are on the inside and crispy on the outside. The best thing about the ones served here at Op La Dong is that they were served warm! Totally did not expect that. (´• ω •`)

The way to eat the Banh Mi Op La is to break the baguette and dip it into the delicious, gooey, sunny-side-up egg mix. This resembles how some people dip their toast in a plate of half-boiled eggs in Singapore or bread rolls in soup for Western cuisine. And it was SO GOOD! The tomato gave the mix a tangy flavour, while the minced meat gave the mixture a different texture and taste. Dip the bread and add some meat to embrace all the flavours in one mouthful fully. Yumz!

The baguette and egg mix from the Banh Mi Op La dish at Op La Dong in Hoi An

As with all food spots in Vietnam, condiments were laid on the table for us to adjust the taste of the sunny-side-up egg mixture. But we thought the mixture was already so good, so we didn’t add anything more. We did make an interesting observation about how locals eat here in Vietnam. They like to add all the condiments on their table to their food. No matter where we go, that seems to be a trend here. (ᵔ◡ᵔ) I recommend adding some pepper to the sunny-side-up egg mixture for extra oomph. We saw many locals doing that and wanted to do that. But by then, we have almost gobbled up everything, so maybe you should try that for us! (´・ᴗ・ ` )

Overall Experience at Op La Dong in Hoi An

With how Op La Dong is set up, it might be intimidating for tourists to approach this place. But rest assured that the stall owner and everyone there are really friendly! After we finished eating, we went to the cooking station to try to take some photos. The stall owner was so happy to pose for us while preparing the food at the station. He was enthusiastically cooking away, letting us capture those shots. (ᵔ◡ᵔ)

The cooking station and the owner preparing the Banh Mi Op La dish

With its simple English menu on the side and someone who knows how to speak English, you will have no trouble ordering your food here. If you only have space for one item at Op La Dong, I highly recommend getting the Banh Mi Op La. Most of the people here were seen only having this dish. But if you have space to try more local food, get the Xoi Thit Xiu as well! ( ´ ω ` )

The food at Op La Dong is one of the best breakfasts we had in Hoi An, besides Pho Tung, another local gem. Like Pho Tung, this place is only open for breakfast, and they close even earlier! So, if you are coming to Hoi An for a day trip, come early to enjoy some yummy breakfast before exploring Hoi An~!

Information About Op La Dong

OP LA DONG

⏰ Opening Hours: 6 AM – 10.30 AM
☎️ Phone Number: +84 905 703 854

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