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    Let's memorize the must-try dishes when traveling in Hue

    Wondering what to eat in Hue? Tasting food is among worth-trying things to do in Hue you should not skip. The cuisine in Hue is elegant, noble, light and rather different from other provinces in Vietnam. Spices, particularly lemongrass and chili, are the must-used ingredients. Just in Hue, local people and tourists can have a chance to experience dishes which used to be served to the Vietnamese emperors. Due to the noble heritage of the city, dishes are very diverse and famous for their distinctive flavors.  The taste and the decoration of Hue food are very important factors in Hue food culture. Each dish has its own particular colors and shapes as well. 

    Hue-Style Beef Noodle Soup (Bún Bò Huế)

    Hue-Style Beef Noodle Soup (Bún Bò Huế)

    Bun bo Hue (Hue style beef vermicelli) or more detail, Bun bo gio heo (beef and pig's knuckle vermicelli) is a popular Vietnamese soup vermicelli dish, and one of the most typical foods of Hue, Vietnam. Fine combination of ingredients make the food famous; the broth is prepared by simmering beef and bones for a long period of time, after that a large range of different spices containing lemon grass and chili are added in. Shrimp paste holds no less importance. Hue people usually add thin slices of beef shank, chunks of boiled oxtail, and pig's knuckles or pork into the bowl. It can also contain cubes of maroon brown congealed pig blood, which are good for those suffering from high blood pressure. The specialty is commonly served with a plenty of herbs like sprouts, lime wedges, cilantro sprigs, onions, and sliced banana blossom. Thinly sliced purple cabbage or iceberg lettuces are used in case of lacking in banana blossom. It is highly recommended for tourists to add a few of shrimp paste directly into the soup.

    Hue-Style Beef Noodle Soup (Bún Bò Huế)

    Rice with clams (Cơm Hến)

    Memorize the must-try dishes when traveling in Hue

    This is another famous dish you must try in Hue. This intricate but simple dish combines a lot of flavors from fried pork fat, onion, clams, cabbage, roasted peanuts, crunchy rice cracker, banana flower, chili pepper, start fruit, Vietnamese coriander (a.k.a rau ram), mint, rice and taro stems. These ingredients are perfectly combined together and served cold in a bowl, followed by the hot ginger clam broth with fermented shrimp paste. The final result is the balance of saltiness, sweetness, sourness and spiciness. A true traditional Com Hen has to be severed spicy. However, the fermented shrimp paste, one of the favorite dishes of Vietnamese people, has a strong smell so it takes time to get used to.

    Mam tom chua

    Memorize the must-try dishes when traveling in Hue

    The central of Vietnam is reputable for its Mam tom chua (sour shrimp sauce) and Hue is the best place for this unique sauce. Unlike normal shrimp sauce (has brown color and smooth surface), Sour shrimp sauce has orange color while shrimps still keep its original shape. It is quite simple to make this sauce. First, shrimps are clean by salt water (do not use normal water to avoid bad smells) and “cook” by strong rice wine. The shrimps will turn red. After that, carefully mix the shrimps with sticky rice, sliced lesser galangal, garlic and chili. Slowly put all the mixture into a jar covered by guava leaves. Just need to wait for 5-7 days and we have the mouthwatering sour shrimp sauce of our own making. This is the best sauce for boiled pork with vermicelli.

    Banh Hue (Bánh Huế)

    things to do in Hue This is a bite-sized dish presented in a range of different types, but all originate from the same basic daily ingredients: shrimp / or pork, cassava flour, glutinous rice flour. The trick is lying in the method to arrange and cook them together. Though there are different variations, the followings are the most common:

    Memorize the must-try dishes when traveling in Hue

    Banh Beo (Bánh Bèo): it is a small sauce dish consisting of steamed rice flour which is topped with mung bean powder, ground shrimp, green onions, and a small piece of crispy pork fat.

    Banh loc (Bánh Lọc): it is a translucent rice flour patty including either green bean paste or a whole shrimp (containing shell, head, and tail) and presented in the figure of a mandarin segment.

    Memorize the must-try dishes when traveling in Hue

    Banh Nam (Bánh Nậm): a rectangular, flat steamed rice flour bite which is wrapped within the banana leaf and then topped with grouped pork and shrimp.

    Memorize the must-try dishes when traveling in Hue

    Banh Ram It (Bánh Ram Ít): This dish is made from sticky rice flour balls which are filled with shrimp and cubed or ground pork decorated with fried shallots and displayed on a base of the crunchy pork fat.

    Memorize the must-try dishes when traveling in Hue

    The great thing about these dishes is their sauce. Each dish has its own sauce. Nuoc mam (nước mắm), the unique Vietnamese fish sauce might be hard to smell for those international tourists, yet it is a basic ingredient in most dishes in Vietnam and just by proper additions could give the desired results. Banh Nam and Banh Loc often go with fish sauce that contains just a few slices of red chilies and green. Banh Ram It (Bánh ram Ít) and Banh Beo (Bánh Bèo) are perfectly served with fish sauce that contains sugar, lemon juice, sugar, and shrimp paste – another awkward, distinctive smelling accompaniment which is an acquired taste.

    Tasting these Hue-style pancakes is another interesting suggestion in regard to things to do in Hue. They are both made from water / coconut milk, rice flour and turmeric powder filled with a few slices of the fatty pork plus with a de-shelled or whole shrimp along with bean sprouts before being pan-fried till getting crispy. You can see local people sometimes wrapping these pancakes in lettuce / mustard leaves and adding basil leaves or mint leaves for additional flavor. Banh Khoai is often served open-faced whilst Banh Xeo is beautifully folded into shape of half-moon like a taco or an omelette. They are accompanied by fermented soybean sauce. Because of the spicy sauce taste and its greasiness, these are reckoned as winter dishes.

    Memorize the must-try dishes when traveling in Hue


    Nem Lui

    Memorize the must-try dishes when traveling in Hue

    Finely ground beef and pork, plus shredded pork skin and fat, garlic, sugar and fish sauce are formed into sausages around stalks of lemongrass, grilled over charcoal and set in front of diners. This is serve with half-moons of rice paper (for wrapping around the meat), to which you add sliced lettuce, cucumbers and trai va (a green fig unique to the region), lightly pickled strings of carrot and green papaya, cold rice vermicelli and a pile of herbs. Then, it’s basically grip and dip: Hold the whole package securely and pull out the lemongrass skewer, then dip it into a chunky, mild-yet-complex hoisin-based sauce that includes both peanuts and peanut butter, fermented beans, sesame seeds, shrimp paste, garlic and shallots. Add chiles to taste. woww it is very tasty !

    Che Hue (Chè Huế)

    Memorize the must-try dishes when traveling in Hue

    Being a sweet desert soup, Che Hue refers to the traditional beverage of Vietnam which tastes sweet. The dessert soup is made from different mung beans (green or yellow), black eyed peas, tapioca, red kidney beans, lotus seeds, aloe vera, sesame seeds, jelly, taro, fruits like longan, jackfruit, mango durian, and lychee. Though there are various versions of Che, each has the prefix of the word “Chè” and followed by a term or phrase describing the special ingredient of the dish. There are four noticeable types of Che that Hue locals are most proud of, which are Che with lotus seed tastefully wrapped within longan (Chè long nhãn bọc hạt sen), Chè with purple sweet patotoes (Chè khoai tía), Chè with floating sticky rice cakes plus with shrimp (Chè trôi nước nhân tôm thịt), and Chè with rice pastry and bean (Chè đậu ván bột lọc). 

    Let's memorize this dishes and  the must-try it when traveling in Hue ! ;)






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