Located on Vietnam’s central coast, Hoi An is known as its well-preserved ancient buildings and diversified cuisine.

The old town is a culinary hot spot with many local specialties like “Banh mi Hoi An (Vietnamese baguette), “Mi Quang” (Quang-style noodles) and “Banh Dap” (smashed rice pancakes).

Last year, travel site Lonely Planet dubbed Hoi An a global food paradise while American travel website TripAdvisor chose the town as one of the top 10 Asian food destinations in 2011.

Hoi An welcomed the title of Vietnam’s food capital during the annual Int’l Food Festival organized by the World Association of Chefs Societies or Worldchefs in the town from March 22 to 26.

To welcome this title together with Hoi An, the Worldchefs invited renowned chefs to cook during the festival.-VNA