Hue special dishes

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.

Where to eat?

You can find at roadside stalls in Nguyen Cong Tru street, Ly Thuong Kiet Str.

Nem Lui – Lemongrass Skewer

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.

Where to eat? At all roadside stalls in Nguyen Cong Tru street, Ly Thuong Kiet Str.

Com Hen – Clam Rice

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

Where to eat?

At all roadside stalls in Han Mac Tu Str, Nguyen Thai Hoc str…

Banh Khoai – Vietnamese Crepe

Pan cakeBanh 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.

Where to eat?

Hong Mai restaurant in Dinh Tien Hoang str, Hanh restaurant – 5 Pho Duc Chinh str, Tai Phu Restaurant – Dien Bien Phu Str

Banh Beo – Steamed Rice Cakes

Beo cake - Hue local foodKnown 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.

Where to eat? Hanh restaurant, Ba Do restaurant, Tinh Gia Vien, Hue walking street

 Banh Loc Goi – Tapioca Dumplings

 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.

Where to eat? Hanh restauran, Ba Do restaurant, Tinh Gia Vien, Hue walking street.

Bun Thit Nuong – Vermicelli Noodles With Grilled Pork

Bun Thit Nuong - Vermicelli Noodles With Grilled PorkBun 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.

Where to eat? Dong Ba market

Banh It Ram – Fried Sticky Rice Dumplings

Banh It Ram - Fried Sticky Rice Dumplings - Hue special foodBanh 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.

Where to eat? Hanh restaurant, Ba Do restaurant, Tinh Gia Vien, Hue walking street.

Va Tron Salad – Fig Salad

Va Tron Salad - Fig SaladVa 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.

Where to eat? Tinh Gia Vien, Dong Ba market