Hue special dishes you must-try 2017

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

Tiger Arena in Hue

Tiger Arena or Ho Quyen (Vietnamese) is located on the south bank of the Perfume River and 4km from the Citadel, Royal Arena was where duels between trained elephants and tigers were arranged for the entertainment of the Nguyen Court and the public. These occasions were also the elephant’s practice combats.

Mortal fighting between the beats offered heroic spectacles, through these, the Nguyen rulers expected to remind the subjects of their compliance with the political consciousness: elephants, symbol of Emperors of unparalleled strength, were winners of all time, whereas tigers, the jungle beasts or rebels against the Court, were inevitably executed at last. Before the fighting, the tiger’s claws, his dreadful weapons, were cut off and the elephant was well fed.

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Constructed in 1830, the Tiger Arena is an open-air and solidly built coliseum. Collar-shaped, 44m diameter, it has a wall of earth and brick 4.5m thick, 5.80m high. The platform exclusively reserved for the Emperor faces south, opposite are five built-in tiger cages. By the right side of the platform is a large gate for elephants.

Hue tiger arena Ho QuyenThe last fighting in 1904 was briefly recorded as follow, The elephant came to the battlefield with pride and bravo v Soddenly, the tiger jumped onto him and clawed al his forehead. The elephant flung his head, the tiger was thrown away. He then jumped again, trying to resume his position. The elephant have an angry, deep throat teeth, rusher ahead and pressed the tiger to the wall with his own body and with all force he could again. Then he raised his head, threw the enemy on the ground and smashed him to death.

Tiger Arena remains now almost in good state. It is not only one of Vietnam’s unique monument but aslo the world’s valuable architectural work.

How to get there
Head west on Le Loi towards Hue train station, turn right after crossing the small bridge onto Bui Thi Xuan street. Continue go straight for 3 km and keep an eye on the left. Once you find an alley called Kiet 373. From Tiger Arena, you can visit Long Chau Temple is 200 metres down.

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Opening Ceremony of Traditional Hue – Hue Festival 2017

Opening Ceremony of Traditional Hue – Hue Festival 2017 

Hue festival has affirmed its brand and prestige in the hearts of the public and visitors, as well as artisans of traditional craft villages throughout Vietnam. The international element of the Hue Festival has gradually been shaped, building Hue as the Festival City.

This is a great cultural and economic event that is important to enhance the position of Hue – the city of heritage, the cultural city and the festival city of Vietnam.

Let’s see some fantastic picture is taken in the Opening Ceremony of Traditional Hue on 28 Apr 2017.

Keep reading schedule of Hue festival 2017

Short video in this special event

9 vegan restaurants in Hue you must try update 2017

Hue city is known as the Buddhist region in Vietnam. That’s why vegetarian food is familiar to local people. You maybe surprised by seeing many food retail to big vegan restaurants in Hue serving vegetarian food on the first date and the 15th date of lunar month. From the natural goods that can be easily found in Dong Ba markets or some local market, Hue people make many dishes. Here is list of the vegan restaurants in Hue you must try when travel in this poem city.

  1. San May Vegetarian – 8 Thanh Tinh Street

San May restaurant HueThe restaurant is in a hand carved ancient house preserved with love and care, set in a carefully cultivated garden. There is a small private pergola in the front and many Koi fish swim in the courtyard pond.

The staff were friendly and efficient, the menu was extensive and had many Huê specialties that are sometimes rare to find, all completely vegan. All of the dishes tried were complex in flavor, had taken time and care to make and perfect.

  1. Lien Hoa vegan restaurants – 3 Le Quy Don Street

Lien Hoa restaurant Hue
Lien Hoa restaurant Hue

Vegetarian a-la-carte with Vietnamese/English menus. The spring rolls were divine, as was the mushroom dish. Great setting and super inexpensive.

  1. Ngu Ha Garden vegan restaurants – 181 Xuan 68 street

Not just a quick cafe bit a nicer evening place. Ngu Ha is the unique vegan restaurants in Hue has a big water feature. Decor inspired by Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese. Great food and very reasonable prices. Spacious vegan restaurant set in a Hue’s traditional house with also a tea-house. Milk on the menu is rice milk. Peaceful atmosphere

vegetable food
Hue vegetable food is delicious
  1. Tinh Tam Restaurant – Minh mang street

This restaurant run by a Buddhist orphanage in Duc Son Pagoda. Waiters and waitresses are all orphans. Large vegan restaurant, no number in the address. Directions: from Hue, go down Minh Mang street until Minh Mang splits (near the entrance of the alley leading to Hong An Pagoda) – continue straight, it is not far on the right hand-side. Open Mon-Sun 7:00 am-7:30 pm.

Keep reading: Hue travel guide

  1. Bo De Vegan Restaurant in Hue – 11 Le Loi

This small restaurant has a beautiful outdoor seating at the riverside! The menu has a lot of options, but we didn’t quite understand all of them. The food was okay. Jack-fruit seems to be shredded raw jack-fruit in Vietnamese dishes.Lien hoa vegan food

  1. Huong Thoi Gian – 60 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hue

There were Vietnamese and English menus and I ordered spring rolls, noodle soup and an orange juice. The orange juice seemed freshly squeezed but wasn’t chilled or iced as it is in most places in Vietnam.

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  1. Thien Tam – 110 Le Ngo Cat street

Modern, spacious vegetarian restaurant on ground floor of Park View Hotel. Serves Vietnamese such as Pho, braised tofu, spring rolls, and jack-fruit. Has English menu and some English is spoken. Gets busy in the evening. It looks quite expensive but the price is absolutely ok.

edible mushrooms dishes in Thien Tam
Edible mushrooms dishes in Thien Tam
  1. Thien Phu – 58 Phan Boi Chau street

They have an English menu, which made ordering much easier. I had the cassava cake and ‘chicken’ with lemongrass, both were good. Lady didn’t speak much English and when I wanted to ask something she kept saying there was no meat in it, I found is very reassuring.

  1. Thanh Lieu Restaurant – 50 Nguyen Cong Tru street, Hue

    Try rice dishes  in Thanh Lieu vegan restaurants in Hue
    Try rice dishes  in Thanh Lieu vegan restaurants in Hue

Vietnamese menu under the glass of each table. Little English spoken but added an English menu. Order Cơm (rice) and you will get a nice plate of rice with a variety of veg and some tasty tofu. Open Mon-Sun 9:00am – 8:00pm.

Hue city seems to be an poetic city which entirely satisfies your stomach with its cuisine background. Once travelling to Hue, don’t forget to miss any mentioned vegan food above. You will surely have a great time exploring local foods and vegan food in Hue city. We hope this articles “Vegan restaurants in Hue 2017” give you some recommend when you want to try vegan food.

Hue festival 2017

Hue Festival is an international festival where cultures of many area and countries converge together. Hue held festival  of Traditional craft  is held every two years with many activities.

The Hue Traditional Festival 2017  includes the main activities:
– The opening ceremony associated with special arts program took place at 20:00 on 28/4/2017.
– Artisans and handicraft villages focus on introducing, displaying, demonstrating and trading traditional handicraft products of Hue artisans from many famous craft villages in Vietnam and Korea. Particularly, there is participation in maneuvering, product shaping and exchanges between artisans and visitors.

Here is fringe activities, community art and cultural events – Hue Traditional Craft Festival 2017 is held from Apr 28 to May 2, 2017

Fringe activities, community art and cultural events – Hue Traditional Craft Festival 2017
Key events in Hue festival 2017

Keep reading:  Hue city tour 1 day

Fringe activities, community art and cultural events – Hue Traditional Craft Festival 2017
Fringe Activities, Community Art and Cultural Events

Handicraft village take part in Hue Festival 2017:

  • Hue Wind-Praying Club
  • Thuy Xuan Incense Village, Hue
  • Van Phuc Silk Village, Ha Noi
  • Wooden fish making, Hue
  • Embroidery, Hue
  • Enameled bronze – Phap Lam Hue
  • Zeng fabric weaving, A Luoi, Thua Thien Hue
  • Folk paintings of Sinh Village, Thua Thien Hue
  • Scrolls and hangings of Chuon Village
  • Lacquering of Tien Non Village
  • Wood carving craft of My Xuyen Village
  • Pottery off Phuoc Phu Village
  • Thanh Tien Paper Flower Village
  • Conical Hat Making Village
  • Bamboo weaving of Bao La Village
  • Ke Mon Village’s Jewelry
  • Bronze Casting Village
  • Hue Lanterns in the areas of Chi Lang, Huynh Thuc Khang, Bach Dang Street, Bao Vinh ancient quarter or Thanh Tien village


Lap An lagoon

Lap An Lagoon or An Cu lagoon is located within Lang Co Bay, beside Highway AH1 running through Lang Co town, Phu Loc about 62km from Hue and 38km from Da Nang. Travel from Da Nang to Hue, just over 20 km of scenic Hai Van Pass, Lang Co bay appear as a charming picture. It is completely embraced with one side of high mountains, and one side of immense sky and seas. Lap An lagoon and Lang Co bay attract traveler not only with its inherent beauty, but also with the peace of honest local people.

Lang Co
Lang Co bay

Lap An Lagoon is surrounded by Bach Ma Mountain Range and the blue waters of Lang Co Bay, this is the favorite place for photographers. It is known by its poetic beauty of clouds, mountain reflected in water. The best to explore this lagoon is in the afternoon, when the Sun go sleep.

Read more: Day tours from Hue to Hoi An

Lap An Lagoon is an 1200 ha area with the curving road around the lagoon like a soft band of silk. The clean blue water surface reflects mountains, clouds and sky, and the lagoon has become a popular destination for photographers and explorers.

travel hue to hoi an by car
Lap An Lagoon in Lang Co

Nowadays, the lagoon is used to raise oysters which brings income for the local people. The oyster has high nutritional and use for many purpose. The people consider them as “jewel of heaven” and live mainly by feeding oysters.

Read more: Da Nang day trip to Hue

The best time to explore Lap An Lagoon is sunset. The scenery at this time is very fanciful. The smooth water surface appearing yellow, red, dark blue. Traveler have the opportunity to taste delicious dishes made of small fish, oysters, such as: steamed with ginger, sour oysters…

Lap An lagoonTravel tips:

• The most favorite time for exploring Lap An is between Mar and June, especial in the sunset
• You can visit this place when driving from Hue to Hoi An or from Danang to Hue transfer by car.

Top some kinds of seafood for those transfer from Hue to Hoi An by private car.

If you are considering to transfer from Hue to Da nang or transfer from Hue to Hoi An with stop over Lap An lagoon and Lang Co beach, let yourself plan a lunch with fresh seafood there.

70 km to the North of Hue city, Lang Co, the most charming beach in Hue, is easily reached by car in 1,5 hour. It is famous not only for natural beauty but also affordable fresh tasty seafood with various local recipe. The Lap An Lagoon is an 1200ha area with the curving road around lagoon look like a soft band of silk. The blue water surface reflects mountains, clouds and sky, and the Lap An has become a popular destination for photographer and explorer.

You must stop here when transfer from Hue to Hoi An or vice versa .

Read more: Lap An lagoon’s beauty captivates tourists

Some tips for good local restaurant:

1/ Be Den – Sao Bien restaurant, under Lang Co bridge

sao bien restaurant lang co beach huracars

2/ Be Than restaurant


3/ Viet Long floating restaurant

lang co restaurant

4/ Lang Co restaurant

Lang Chai restaurant in Lang co

All of them are floating restaurants right on the lagoon, visitors can themselves pick up the most fresh seafood, especially mussels, clams, oysters and snails, ect for chef.

Top some kinds of seafood

1/ Shrimp, Lobster: various recipe from them, such as  Shrimp fried with tamarind, Shrimp steamed with coconut water, Lobster baked with cheese, steamed Lobster, ect

seafood on the way transfer hue to hoi an

2/Squid: Squid steamed with ginger and lemon grass, squid grilled with five spices


3/Crab:  Crab fried with tamarind, steamed crab, hotpot.


4/ Some kinds of Oysters, snails: Oysters baked with cheese, Oysters baked with onion, Fried with chilli and garlic, steamed with lemon glass.


5/Fish: a lot of kind of sea fish, cooked with tomato sauce, grilled with five spices, hot pot or with rice soup.


What could be more attractive than enjoy the beautiful scenic of lagoon while lunchtime? After a nice lunch, we then head to Da Nang over Hai Van pass with a panoramic view of Da Nang beach city and beautiful Mable mountain. All of that make your day more unforgettable  on the way transfer from Hue to DaNang or transfer from Hue to Hoian.

Thieu Tri Tomb – Freedom Style

Thieu Tri tomb is the second royal tomb not enclosed by a wall, the mausoleum of Thieu Tri was built in 1848, it has a similar monument plan to his father, Minh Mang Mausoleum, but is substantially smaller. The tomb is about 8 km from Hue.

Thieu Tri born in 1807 and died in 1847, the Emperor could hardly expert his death at 40, after a seven — year reign. In his dying breath, he had enough time to advise his successor on his tomb construction.

Soon after having come to the throne, Tu Duc ordered his lat her’s tomb to be built on his taste of art within only ten months.

thieu-tri-tombWith some 10 monuments, Thieu Tri tomb is divided into two parts, 100 m from one another: The tomb area on the right and the temple area on the left. Figuratively, constructors had made Thieu Tri Tomb by cutting off the middle part of the Minh Mang Mausoleum and then joining the two ends together. Most of the monuments are similar to those of Minh Mang Mausoleum yet surrounded by no wall. It le likely that Emperor Tu Duc had made use of the surrounding mountains as a natural wall, larger than that of brick.

Monuments in Thieu Tri Tomb are in close relation with natural environment. Water of the lakes are conducted by a network of underground tunnels.

Rich decorative motifs on wood and stone from different designs bas-relief with deeply carved and sharp liners.

As nature-loving dis-positing of the Emperor when he was still alive, the tomb harmonizes well with the landscape of which view from the tomb seems almost unobstructed.

tomb-of-thieu-tri-kingTips: the tomb located in west of Hue city, on the way to Minh Mang tomb, you can drop in to visit Thieu Tri tomb. It’s about 8km from Hue city.

All the tour in Hue, you can not access this site, so the best way to visit tomb is renting a private car and make customize tour with Hura Cars.

Make a customize tour in Hue

Entrance fee ticket price: 35.000 – 40.000 vnd