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Best Destinations To Taste Hue Food Specialties

From the past to nowadays, the story of cuisine is one of the most popular topics for many people to talk about. The people love enjoying food specialties because of not only hungriness but also the spirit of fun. For Hue people and visitors, Hue food specialties are considered both an art and the culture of the pleasure life. Hue foods are typical with special flavor as well as the attractive art of cooking and decoration when preparing to eat, which gives the foodies amazing feelings and pleasure style when tasting Hue cuisine. 

1. Bun Bo Hue (Spicy Beef Noodle Soup)

Bun Bo Hue

Pho is an icon of Hanoi cuisine and Bun bo Hue is a popular Vietnamese specialty food that contains rice vermicelli and beef. Locking back in history, Hue was an old capital in central Vietnam that has the cooking style of the former royal cooking. Therefore, this Hue food is famous for its balance of spicy, sour, salty and sweet flavors. And the special flavor of Bun Bo Hue is that of bone, lemongrass and shrimp paste. Local people eat bun bo Hue with mixing salad such as sliced banana blossom, lettuce, mint, basil, and mung bean sprouts.

*Recommended places to eat in Hue

  • Bun bo Hue Ba Gai
    Address: No.11A Ha Noi Street, Hue City.
    Price: VND 25,000 (approx. $1.08)

  • Bun bo My Tam
    Address: No.5 Tran Cao Van Street, Hue City.
    Opening hours: 17:00 - 00:00
    Price: VND 25,000 - VND 40,000 (approx. $1.08 - $1.72)

2. Banh Beo

Banh Beo

Banh Beo is one of the three “cakes” of Hue food specialties. The circular savory cakes are made from a rice flour batter that looks like an opaque jelly. This Hue food is served in tiny bowls, topped with shrimp flakes, crispy pork skin, and chili sauce, and they are absolutely delicious! Although Hue's banh beo is simple and rustic, this one makes millions of tourists fall in love with it when visiting the place. The soft sweetness of banh beo mixed with shrimp meat, onion fat and rich dipping sauce will surely make you nostalgic after tasting this specialty food.

*Recommended places to eat in Hue

  • Quan Chi
    Address: No.52 Le Viet Luong Street, Hue City.
    Opening hours: 8:00 - 21:00 

  • Quan ba Cu
    Address: No.23, Alley 177 Phan Dinh Phung Street, Hue City.
    Opening hours: 7:00 - 21:00
    Price: VND 20,000 - VND 30,000 (approx. $0.86 - $1.29)

  • Quan Thuy
    Address: No.16 Pham Hong Thai Street, Hue City.
    Opening hours: 12:30 - 20:00
    Price: VND 20,000 - VND 30,000 (approx. $0.86 - $1.29)

3. Com Hen (Rice with Baby Mussel)

Com Hen

Com hen is another popular dish that originated in Hue cuisine and appears in a lot of restaurants in Hue. It began life as a peasant’s dish, made to use up leftover rice, but became well known for its intricate flavors and is a popular Hue specialty food. Baby mussels, clams, and clam broth are combined with fried pork fat, roasted peanuts, crispy rice crackers, chili peppers, star fruit, and shrimp sauce, which is a combination with an interesting balance of sweet, salty, sour and spice. It is served with room-temperature rice and herbs such as mint and Vietnamese coriander.

*Recommended places to eat in Hue

  • Com hen Hoa Dong
    Address: No.64 Kiet 7 Ung Binh Street, Hue City.
    Opening hours: 7:00 - 22:00
    Price: VND 7,000 - VND 10,000 (approx. $0.30 - $0.43)

  • Com hen Dap Da
    Address: No.1 Han Mac Tu Street, Hue City.
    Opening hours: 6:00 - 21:00
    Price: VND 10,000 - VND 20,000 (approx. $0.43 - $0.86)

  • Com hen Lanh
    Address: No.38 Ngo Gia Tu Street, Hue City.
    Opening hours: 6:00 - 11:00
    Price: VND 8,000 - VND 10,000 (approx. $0.34 - $0.43)

4. Nem Lui (Pork Skewers)

Nem Lui

Nem lui is a specialty in the ancient land that is loved by many foodies. This dish is served with raw vegetables, dipped in a thick and creamy sauce that makes everyone "passionate". Nem lui is not only found in Hue, but with its own recipe, pork skewers in Hue have characteristics that make visitors so attached to them that they are hard to ignore. This Hue street food is made mainly from pork and pork skin, marinated with ingredients, then skewered on lemongrass or bamboo stick in the flat form, cooked on a charcoal stove. If travelers want to enjoy this delicious Hue dish, they should tase it when it is hot and roll it with raw vegetables and green bananas, they will be rewarded with the crunchiness of spring rolls, the spicy taste of chili, and the fatty flavor of the dipping sauce. Everything blends together to create an incredible flavor.

*Recommended places to eat in Hue

  • Nem lui Tai Phu
    Address: No.2 Dien Bien Phu Street, Hue City.
    Opening hours: 9:00 - 22:00
    Price: VND 20,000 - VND 50,000 (approx. $0.86 - $2.15)

  • Nem lui ong Me Gia
    Address: No.25 Dao Duy Tu Street, Hue City.
    Opening hours: 17:00 - 21:00
    Price: VND 15,000 - VND 20,000 (approx. $0.65 - $0.86)

5. Banh Ram It (Ram It Cake)

Banh Ram It

Banh ram it is one of the most delicious foods on the list of Hue food specialties. This dish owns 2 colors: yellow and white, dotted with green onions and red shrimp. Above the cake is a layer of sticky glutinous rice flour wrapped with rich rimmed shrimp. Underneath is a layer of fried glutinous rice flour. In particular, when dipped with fish sauce, it creates the perfect dish. During the feudal period, this was the top favorite cake in the royal court and is always current in the Hue food guide for tourists. So, when coming to Hue, look for a shop selling ram cake to enjoy this delicious dish.

*Recommended places to eat in Hue:

  • Quan Ba Do
    Address: No.8 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Hue City.
    Opening hours: 8:00 - 21:00
    Price: VND 10,000 - VND 50,000 (approx. $0.43 - $2.15)

  • Quan Thuy
    Address: No.16 Pham Hong Thai Street, Hue City.
    Opening hours: 15:00 - 19:00
    Price: From VND 10,000 (approx. $0.43)

  • Quan Banh Chi
    Address: No.02, Alley 64, Hoang Dieu Street, Hue City.
    Opening hours: 7:00 - 19:30
    Price: VND 5,000 - VND 7,000 (approx. $0.22 - $0.30)

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