Hue city has long been well-known for its unique cuisine. Travel to Hue Vietnam, you should not miss the chance to discover the flavorful Hue dishes, whether in the luxury restaurant or in street food corners at the edge of the road. Let’s explore the top must-eat dishes in Hue to make the best of your Hue food tours!
1. Com Hen (Rice with boiled mussel)
Com Hen is made from cooked rice, boiled mussel and added with fish sauce, fried crispy pork, roasted peanuts and fresh vegetables. This dish is one of the top must-est dishes in Hue and can be easily found in food stalls in Dong Ba Market and vendors in Truong Dinh, Nguyen Thai Hoc and Ba Trieu street.
2. Bun Bo Hue (Hue Beef Noodle)
Bun Bo Hue
Bun Bo Hue is the soul of Hue cuisine. Anyone who has tried Bun Bo Hue is “addicted” to the perfect balance of flavors and spices of this signature Hue dish. This dish is prepared by boiling the beef bones, sauce, lemongrass and served with thin slices of beef, crab balls, and fresh chopped herbs. In your Hue food tours, you can find the best Bun Bo Hue in food stalls in Dong Ba Market, Quan So I in 19 Ly Thuong Kiet or vendors in Tran Thuc Nhan Street.
3. Banh Beo (Water fern cake)
Traveling to Hue Vietnam and wandering around the streets, you will find a lot of vendors selling different type of rice cakes. Hue people enjoy steamed rice cakes as side dishes and Banh Beo is one of the most popular. The name ‘Banh Beo’ refers to the shape of the cake, which resembles ‘beo’, which is the water fern in Vietnamese. Banh Beo has white color and is featured with a dimple in the center and filled with chopped dried shrimp, scallions, crispy fried shallots, fish sauce, mung bean paste, etc.
4. Banh Khoai (Happy Pancake)
‘Khoai’ in Vietnamese is roughly translated into ‘happy’, which describes the delight when tasting this Hue specialty. Banh Khoai is made from rice flour, water, shrimp, pork meat, egg, etc and then pan-fried until the cake is crispy and turns into a beautiful yellow color. When served, Banh Khoai is wrapped in rice paper and stuffed with a variety of fresh vegetables and dipped in a sweet and sour mixed sauce. Banh Khoai is quite similar to Banh Xeo but it is placed open-face instead of being folded in half. You really can’t miss this simple but delicious dish in your Hue food tours.
5. Nem Lui (Hue Lemongrass Skewer)
Nem Lui is another must-try dish in Hue. Nem Lui is made from ground beef and pork, formed into sausages around lemongrass stalks, then grilled over the charcoal fire. It is served with rice paper, wrapped with some fresh herbs and dipped in the flavorful shrimp sauce. Nem Lui is just so tasty that it will leave you wanting for more!