TOP LOCAL FOOD IN HUE
Hue is one of the best cities to eat local food in Vietnam. Check out top food in Hue as listed below to make sure you won’t miss one!
BÚN BÒ HUẾ – (Hue Beef Noodle Soup)
Bun Bo Hue is one of the most typical foods of Hue. It is a regional speciality comprising thick rice vermicelli and various toppings in a thick soup.
Unlike Pho, this dish is a combination of sweet, sour and spicy as it’s flavoured with boiled bones and shank, annatto seeds, lemongrass, ginger, fermented shrimp paste, chilli oil, and sugar. As for the toppings, expect congealed pig blood, beef or pork knuckles, beansprouts, lime wedges, cilantro, diced green onions, banana blossoms, mint and basil.
NEM LỤI (Hue Lemongrass Skewers)
Instead of using skewers, this kebab-like dish combines lemongrass sticks and marinated pork giving it a one-of-a-kind flavor.
Diners are also served with a side of rice paper, lettuce and cucumber slices, rice vermicelli, and fresh herbs. It’s available as an appetiser at just about all local restaurants and hotels in Hue.
For added flavour, dip Nem Lui into a local sauce made with ground peanuts, fermented beans, sesame seeds, shrimp paste, chopped garlic, chillies and shallots.
CƠM HẾN (Clam Rice)
Unique and true to the Hue region, com meaning rice and hen meaning boiled mussel, this is a must-try dish. Com Hen consists of rice topped with baby basket clams, crispy pork skins, roasted peanuts, shrimp paste, and fresh greens.
BÁNH KHOÁI (Vietnamese Crepe)
With its translation meaning “happy cake”, a bite of Banh Khoai truly makes all food lovers’ heart melt. This delicious bright yellow Vietnamese crepe is made of rice flour fried until crispy, with pork meat, egg, and shrimp to eat together with fresh lettuce leaves, herbs and special hoisin dipping sauce.
In Hue, Banh Khoai is placed open-face instead of being folded in half like Banh Xeo. Moreover, Banh Khoai always goes with a fermented soy bean sauce, and people consider it a winter food owing to its greasiness and spicy taste of the sauce.
BÁNH BÈO (Water Fern Cake)
Banh Beo is a kind of small steamed rice pancake. The name is to refer from the shape of the cake (like a water fern-Beo in Vietnamese).
It is white in color, sometimes nearly transparent and usually has a dimple in the center, which is covered with savory recipes including chopped dried or fresh shrimp, scallions, mung bean paste, crispy fried shallots, fish sauce, rice vinegar, and oil.