Hue, the ancient citadel of Vietnam is a dreamy city with beautiful scenery. Moreover, Hue also has a reputation in its rich culture and cuisine with Hue authentic food. Let’s follow our footsteps to discover 11 amazing Hue dishes!
1. Bun Bo Hue (Hue beef noodle soup )
It is one of the most famous regional speciality. It is a unique combination, which is made from boiled bones and shank, lemongrass, ginger, shrimp paste, chili oil, and sugar. You will be strongly impressed by the sweet, spicy and sour flavour of the broth. This is the key to make delicious Hue beef noodle soup.
2. Com Hen ( Mussel Rice )
Com Hen is a common and cheap dish in Hue. Almost every Hue people love this dish. It is sold in every corner in this city. The dish consists of many raw materials such as mussel, grease, peanuts, chili sauce, spice vegetables, peppermint, dry pancake. You should try it in Con Hen (Mussel Rice Islet) where there’re the best food stalls serving this dish.
3. Thick rice noodle with snakehead fish (Bánh canh cá lóc)
Another famous dish in Hue is Bánh canh cá lóc. It’s considered a healthy dish and can replace lunch or dinner. The dish consists of thick rice noodle and snakehead fish. People also eat with some spring onions, quail eggs, and garlic. You should try it once you visit Hue.
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4. Nem Lui (Lemongrass Skewers)
Nem Lui is known as grilled ground pork in a lemongrass skewer. Its ingredients are vegetables, herbs, and rice paper wrapper. Especially, you can not miss a special sauce in Hue which makes special favor for this dish. I have to say that most of visitors love this at their first bite. Where to try? Visit Tai Phú Restaurant in Dien Bien Phu Str.
5. Cha Gio ( Spring Rolls)
It is one of the most popular traditional Vietnamese foods, which is made of meat, mushrooms and diced vegetables such as carrots, herbs wrapped in rice paper. This food usually appears in daiy meals of Hue people. If you are an international traveller, you can experience to learn how to make spring roll, manually wrap all the things in rice papers. It will be an unforgettable memory for visitors.
6. Bun Thit Nuong (Grilled meat noodle)
It is the mixture between rice vermicelli noodles, grilled pork, cucumbers, lettuce, basil, chopped peanuts, spring roll. With just 20 000 VND, you can have an unforgettable dish with great taste. Bun Thit Nuong is one of the reasons that travelers should visit Hue to enjoy it. To eat this amazing dish like the locals, pour the sauce over the noodles, mix everything up and enjoy!!
7. Banh Beo
Banh Beo is known as steamed rice cakes with dried shrimp, pork rind, shallots, herbs, rice vinegar. With fish dipping sauce and red chillies, you can enjoy a simple, cheap and delicious dish which can be eaten throughout the day. You can find this dish easily in Hue.
8. Banh Loc
There are 2 kinds of dish named Bánh Lọc in Hue. The first one is called Bánh lọc trần – Naked bánh lọc. The second one is Bánh lọc gói – Bánh lọc covered by banana leaves. Both of them are made from tapioca flour with shrimps and pork. However, because of the different recipes, they have different flavours. They are served with dipping sauce. We use sweet fish sauce for the first kind and more salty one for the second one.
9. Bánh Nậm
This kind of dish always go along with Bánh lọc gói. We can say there is no food stalls serving only one of them. Bánh nậm is made from rice flour and tapioca at the same time so it’s softer than Bánh lọc. It is made with purée shrimp and pork. Used bánh nậm with the fish sauce. One more information for you, Bánh bèo, bánh lọc and bánh nậm were used to be served only for the royal family. Now, they are Hue traditional foods.
10. Chè – Sweet Soup
Visiting Hue, especially in summer, you cannot miss the sweet dessert, served with ice. There are many kinds of chè due to different beans you choose. Normally, there are red bean, green bean, lotus seed, etc. During the hot days of the summer, it will be a great refreshment for you to have an interesting experience in Hue.
11. Me Xung ( Sesame Candy )
People usually choose this food to be the eatable souvenir. The ingredients of Sesame Candy comprises sesame, peanuts, rice powder, and white cane sugar. Besides, you can take a cup a tea and this candy so that you can completely enjoy the rich sweetness of sesame candy mixed with the bitterness of tea, particularly in the breath-taking view.
Hue cuisine is one of the most attractive things in Hue, which you don’t want to skip. And top 11 Hue dishes above is a great proof for Hue various cuisine with different taste. Besides these dishes, there are some hidden foods that only Hue local people know. Join Hue local food tour or Hue special food tour to enjoy many kinds of food without wasting time searching food stalls. So, let’s pack and come to Hue. You may feel the paradise of food here.