Hue City was the Ancient Capital of Vietnam, where the Nguyen Emperors ruled Vietnam until the end of Feudalism. During its long and glory history, Hue’s cuisine has become unique and special in its own way, being both rustic and regal. While traveling, tourists will also extremely curious about what traditional dishes they are going to try. When making Hoi An hotel booking, don’t forget that we also offers best deals of hotels in Hue. And according to hotelshoian.com, an expert in the Central Vietnam, these are some dishes you can try in Hue in order to become a local.
10. “Com Hen” and “Bun Hen”
Despite the fact that not everyone will like them, Com Hen and Bun Hen are sold on every single street of Hue. We, Hue people, just love it. They are a mixture of vegetables, rice (com) or rice noodle (bun), baby mussels, peanuts etc. They are originally from Con Hen (Hen Island), but you can try every time of the day and everywhere in the city, especially in the evening along Han Mac Tu street.
Bun Hen of Hue
9. “Banh Canh Ca Loc”
Banh Canh is another type of ramen which is made from rice flower (a different type of rice from above, are you dizzy yet?), but this doesn’t mean it isn’t stand out. It’s quite simple, a bow of Banh Canh Ca Loc contains noodles and snakehead fish (don’t worry it’s not real snake). However, making this rightful bow of Banh Canh cost a lot of working and talent as well. Eat Banh Canh while it’s still hot, put some chili, pepper and onions, and enjoy the festival of taste in your mouth. It only sold in the evening and has been so popular to the civilians.
Banh Canh Ca Loc
Chè, or also known as sweet soup in English, is a popular dessert in Hue. We always say that if Hanoi has the Old Quarter with 36 streets, then Hue has its own 36 types of Chè. Each type has its own taste, delicate and precious just like the people here. Chè can be made from a lot of ingredients, from Taro, Yam, Beans, Corn to Lotus Seed. You can try it at every market and every time of the day, and one of the recommended places is Dong Ba Market.
The colorful Che – best desert of Hue
7. Vegetarian Cuisine
Vegetarianism in Hue (or Vietnam) came from Buddhism, a vegetarian meal here doesn’t contain any meat, poultry, seafood or other animals. Of course it must not include products from animal slaughter. If you are tired of meats, try a vegetarian meal in Hue to refresh yourself, with mushroom, potato, vegetables, tofu and so on. The best way to enjoy vegetarian meal is at a Pagoda or Temple, while you retreat yourself with the quietness and peacefulness. Besides Pagoda, you can try vegetarian food at lots of restaurants around Hue.
Vegetarian food in Hue
6. Bun Bo Hue
Bun Bo Hue (Noodle Soup with Beef), which is the most famous dish, has been always the soul of Hue cuisine. The harmony of spicy, sour, salty and sweet flavors and the special taste of lemon grass are the two things make it specific. Bun Bo is usually sold in the morning for breakfast, you can find it at street kitchens around Hue.
Bun Bo Hue
5. All of Hue traditional Dumplings
If you want to see the local life of people in this Old Capital city, go out on the streets (especially small streets to get away from tourists) around 3 to 5:00pm. On every corner, you will see an old lady (or woman) carrying her load of Dumplings, this is usually for brunch. Most popular types (which is eaten with fish sauce) are:
- Banh Beo: steamed rice flour dough topped with spices, shrimp flakes and pork crackling
- Banh Nam: similar idea but covered in banana leaf and steamed
- Ram It: two small dollops of sticky rice flour dough, one fried, one steamed and stuffed with pork and shrimp
- Banh Loc: steamed cassava flour dough, stuffed with pork and shrimp
Hue dumplings: Banh Beo, Ram it and Banh Loc
4. Banh Mi Truong Tien
Have you ever wondered what to do if you get hungry after midnight in Hue, when restaurants and stores are close? Take a short walk to the footbridge of Truong Tien, you will see a street kitchen which sells Banh Mi – Vietnamese Sandwich. Banh Mi here is just a legend, even to local people. Try Banh Mi Thit Nuong (mini baguette stuffed with grilled pork belly meat, flagrant and cucumber), the most classic type of Banh Mi. In the area around Truong Tien footbridge along Le Loi street, you can also try grilled sweet potato and grilled corn.
Banh Mi at Truong Tien Bridge’s foot
There is also a famous Banh Mi in Hoi An, which is Banh Mi Ba Phuong. When making Hoi An hotel booking, and stay in Hoi An don’t forget to try it!
3. Banh Khoai
If you have visited Danang and Hoian, you might have tried Banh Khoai before. Banh Khoai is a crispy pancake made of eggs and rice flour, stuffed with shrimp, bean sprouts and pork patty. However, different from Banh Khoai in Danang and Hoian, Banh Khoai in Hue is eaten with a special peanut and sesame sauce (nuoc leo).
Banh Khoai, or sometimes called Banh Xeo
2. Bun Thit Nuong
You have visited Dong Ba Market by day, but do you know it’s a heaven of street food by night? Everything you need, from gruel, noodles, dumplings to sweet soup and homemade soya milk. One of the most favorite dishes of local people here is Bun Thit Nuong (Noodle with Grilled Pork). Hue cuisine strives to the harmony of flavors and ingredients, there are always vegetables, noodles and meat mixed in a bow. It represents Hue culture, diverse but unified.
Bun Thit Nuong, one of the most famous dishes of Hue
1. Nem Lui
You know spring rolls, one of the famous dishes of Vietnamese cuisine which is loved all around the world. Now come to Hue and get a whole new experience with Nem Lui. Nem Lui is a rice paper rolls with grilled pork patty, lettuce, green mango, coriander, sliced fig, then dipped into nuoc leo (peanut and sesame sauce). Try it with Bun Thit Nuong at Dong Ba Market in a peaceful evening after a day tour, then try Che for dessert.
Nem Lui Hue, the best spring rolls in town!