The best of Hue special dishes were once served to Royal families and king of Nguyen Dynasty, nowadays you can find it in local restaurants in Hue city, from roadside stalls to luxury hotel serving these specialties all year round. When talking about Hue food, it’s famous with sweet and spicy in flavor from fresh herbs such as basil, lemongrass, red chilies… mixed with the salt or fish sauce.
In Hue city, they also offer more than 30 types of sweet soups (Chè), all of them made from coconut, beans, pomegranate, taro, and sweet corn. The most popular Che is lotus seeds sweet (chè hạt sen), which use seeds from lotus flowers that are found in Hue countryside. Catering to just about any preference, we make sure that you must-try these special dishes when explore Hue city
Hue Beef Noodle – Bun Bo Hue
Bun Bo Hue is a regional specialty, made by rice vermicelli and various toppings in a soup such as: lemongrass, hot chili, bone, beef… Unlike Pho, Hue noodles is mixed of sour, sweet and spicy as it’s flavored with boiled bones, shank, lemongrass, ginger, fermented shrimp paste, chili oil, and sugar. As for topping, expect pig, beef or pork, beansprouts, cilantro, diced green onions, banana blossoms, basil and mint.
Nem Lui – Lemongrass Skewer
Nem lui is a kebab, they use lemongrass stalks, which is wrapped with marinated pork then grilled by charcoal. Nem lui is also served with a side of rice paper, cucumber slices, and fresh herbs with specail soup, sometime you try with fish sauce. When taste Nem Lui, you dip into a this sauce made with shallots, ground peanuts, sesame seeds, fermented beans, shrimp paste, chopped garlic, chilies.
Com Hen – Clam Rice
Com Hen consists of rice topped with baby basket clams, dry pork skins, roasted peanuts and fresh greens. Hue people eat Com Hen as a filling breakfast, the clams are stir-fried with chopped garlic, onion, fish sauce, pepper before they’re poured over a plate of steamed rice.
In some restaurants, Com Hen is accompanied with a bowl of clam broth. There are plenty of food stalls in roadside selling this Hue specialty for about 10,000 vnd
Banh Khoai – Vietnamese Crepe
Banh Khoai is easily distinguished from other local food in Hue because of its turmeric yellow color. Readily available at local joints and Dong Ba markets, this pan cake is typically filled with shimp with pork, beansprouts and scallions. As with most Hue dishes, Banh Khoai is best eaten with a side of fresh vegetable and herbs and soybean dipping sauce like sauce for Nem Lui.
Banh Beo – Steamed Rice Cakes
Known as steamed rice cakes, Banh Beo was topped with deep-fried pork rind, dried shrimp, shallots, fresh herbs and rice vinegar. Accompanied with sauce fish dipping sauce and red chilies, Banh Beo is prepared in a coin-sized ceramic saucer. You can get 5 or 6 for about VND 30,000 at sit-down local restaurants.
Banh Loc Goi – Tapioca Dumplings
Banh Loc Goi made by tapioca starch is filled with milled pork and marinated shrimp. Then it’s wrapped in banana leaves and steamed until cooked. To enjoy this Hue cuisine, you only unwrap the banana leaf and dip it in a platter of fish sauce which made by fresh chilies, shrimp stock,vinegar, fermented fish sauce, sugar.
Bun Thit Nuong – Vermicelli Noodles With Grilled Pork
Bun Thit Nuong comprises grilled pork, rice noodles, cucumbers, beansprouts, basil, mint. Priced from 20,000 VND, Bun Thit Nuong also eat with a side of pickled carrots, fermented fish dipping sauce and fresh lettuce.
Banh It Ram – Fried Sticky Rice Dumplings
Banh it ram is a Hue specialty food which pairs steamed sticky rice dumpling with a crispy patty, its also made with sticky rice. A platter of 6 Banh Ra It dumplings costs 20.000 vnd at a local side-road halls, but prices are higher at more upscale restaurants and hotels.
Va Tron Salad – Fig Salad
Va Tron salad was once a dish prepared for only royalty in Hue, combining boiled figs, mushrooms, onions and sliced carrots, shrimp and shredded pork. Although this is traditionally served at family gatherings or weddings, there are plenty of Vietnamese restaurants offering this unique dish all year long.