After walking around Hoi An on a half-day walking tour, hubs and I decided to rest before finding food to fill our stomachs. And then the most surprising thing happened – rain! We decided to wait out the rain before heading to the White Rose Restaurant for a Hoi An speciality food – white rose! Let’s go find out what it tastes like together~!

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White Rose, A Hoi An Speciality Food

White Rose, also known as Bánh Bao Bánh Vạc, is a dumpling with translucent skin filled with shrimp and meat. Why is it called White Rose, you might wonder. That is because the white skin wrapped around the filling made the dumpling look like a rose. Hence, it was known as White Rose. When I first read about this Hoi An speciality food, I thought it was similar to Har Gow (shrimp dumpling), the dim sum we have in Chinese restaurants. But after trying white rose, I realised it doesn’t taste the same, which I will share more later~! ( ´ ω ` )

Why Did We Visit White Rose Restaurant?

If you didn’t know, you can find white roses at almost all the Vietnamese restaurants in Hoi An. We chose to visit White Rose Restaurant because this place is the supplier of white roses for all the restaurants in Hoi An. I mean, why have white roses at other restaurants when you can have them at the source? That was what we thought, so we decided to visit the source to see how good it was. (ᵔ◡ᵔ)

A Restaurant with Only Two Dishes on the Menu

A Little Rant About the Pavements in Hoi An

It was still raining when we made our way to the White Rose Restaurant. Before I talk about the restaurant, I want to give you a quick rant: The pavements in Hoi An bothered me A LOT. They were obviously made for people to walk on, but instead of being able to walk on them, they were all parked full of motorbikes. The pavements were usually so packed that there was hardly any space for us to walk on, and many times, we ended up walking on the road instead.

The streets of Hoi An, with pavement packed with motorbikes

To make matters worse, it was raining! Hubs and I had to then try to keep our umbrellas in check so as not to accidentally hit motorists who were coming from behind us on the road. Even though it was easy to explore Hoi An on food, this pavement situation put me off. I liken the situation to what we experienced in Ubud Bali, but worse. (`ー´)

Our First Taste of White Rose Dumplings in Hoi An

Alright, back to the topic at hand! After walking for a short while on the road, we finally made it to the White Rose Restaurant! When we got there, there were only two tables of diners having their meal. I was expecting more people since this restaurant is the source of white roses. Maybe it was the rain or the odd hour that we came by. ┐( ˘_˘ )┌ Interestingly, only two items were on the menu: White Rose and Fried Wanton. So, hubs and I decided to order both to try. ( ´ ω ` )

We were served two versions of the White Roses, four without meat and nine others with the shrimp and meat filling. The ones without meat came with, surprise surprise – my arch enemy, Mr Bean Sprouts! If you are like me and don’t like bean sprouts, coming to Vietnam will be a challenge as it seems like a common ingredient in their local food. That being said, I ended up eating them here in Vietnam. And only in Vietnam! I am still staying away from them when I am back in Singapore. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

The menu and white rose at White Rose Restaurant in Hoi An

Anyway, it should come as no surprise that I preferred the white rose dumplings with shrimp and meat fillings more than the vegetarian ones. As I mentioned earlier, I thought the white roses would be similar to har gow. But in reality, it wasn’t even close. The white rose dumplings tasted bland as if they were missing some umami. This is not a dish I would eat again, but it was good to try something new in Hoi An.

Trying Hoi An’s Version of Pizza

According to the menu, the Fried Wanton is also known as Hoi An Pizza. The base comprises a huge piece of fried wanton skin, topped with shrimp, tomatoes, pineapple, black fungus and lots of onions. They then drizzled a generous amount of sauce on it, which tasted similar to the sweet and sour sauce we used in some of the tse char dishes in Singapore.

The interior and Fried Wanton at White Rose Restaurant in Hoi An

Usually, I wouldn’t say I like having too much sauce on my food, so this dish was average for me. I tried to scrap away the sauce to enjoy it more. It does taste better, but in the end, one slice of the “pizza” was enough for me. Haha! (*/ω\) Eventually, I went back to having the white rose dumplings while leaving hubs to finish the fried wanton. (¬‿¬ )

Overall Experience at White Rose Restaurant in Hoi An

Even though I don’t fancy the white rose dumplings, considering that it is a Hoi An speciality, I still think you should try it to see if it fits your taste buds. It is up to you where you have these white rose dumplings since you can find them everywhere in Hoi An. But what makes White Rose Restaurant different is that women were seen making the white roses at a massive table at the back of the dining area. Hubs and I didn’t go there, but I saw a group of foreigners with a guide going to the back to observe the process. I don’t know if you can see this at other places, so just for this, you might want to consider coming to White Rose Restaurant instead.

The exterior and bicycles parked outside White Rose Restaurant in Hoi An

We came here for a late lunch, and there was hardly anyone. But once it hit 5 PM, the restaurant started to get packed with the early dinner crowd. So, come by early to avoid the queue, if any! And I hope you will enjoy the white roses more than I do~! ( ´ ω ` )

Information About White Rose Restaurant in Hoi An


⏰ Opening Hours: 7.30 AM – 8.30 PM
☎️ Phone Number: +84 903 010 986
💲 White Rose: 70,000 VND (~3.80 SGD) | Fried Wanton: 100,000 VND (~5.40 SGD)

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