Located in the central Vietnam, Hue is famous for not only many ancient citadels but also a lot of attractive dishes. Visiting Hue, you will be surprised at a unique culinary lifestyle, especially some spicy specialties. Today, let me suggest to you 5 must-try ones when you have chance to come to this charming city.
Bun Bo Hue
Bun Bo Hue or Hue-styled Beef Noodle Soup is a flavorsome dish that you will be able to taste in every region throughout Vietnam. However, the best bowls of Bun Bo Hue can only be found in the place where it was invented. A bowl of Bun Bo Hue contains a wide range of local ingredients such as broth, beef, boiled pig pasterns, Gio (Vietnamese sausage), bean spout, vegetables, herbs and other secret spices. Particularly, Hue people always add a lot of chilli peppers and some slides of lemon into Bun Bo Hue to make it tastier. However, you can add some more spices depending on your favorite and taste. This is definitely one of the most harmonious flavor complex that you’ve ever tasted in Vietnam.
While Hanoi has the attractive Fried Rice with stir Beef, Saigon has its specialty - Com Tam with pork ribs, Hue is famous for its unique rice with mussel or Com Hen. Rice is a must-have food for every Vietnamese meal, thus, it is understandable that Com Hen plays an important role to the culinary life of Hue people. The main ingredient in this dish is well-prepare boiled or stir mussel, other ones must be rice, dry onions, star fruit, peanut, cabbage, chilli pepper, herbs. In order to suit your taste, you can add more fish sauce, salt or vinegar into the rice or soup. If you come to the right shop in Hue city’s center, you will get a super surprising price for a bowl of Com Hen, it is just around 50 cent.
Banh beo (water fern cake) is a small piece of steamed rice, which often goes with a wide range of ingredients such as onion, shrimp, herbs and other local spices. After soaking it in the vinegar chilli sauce, you can feel a perfect mixture of different flavors. Banh Beo can be found easily in every market and local food stall in Hue.
Banh Khoai in Hue is a bit similar to Banh Xeo in Northern Vietnam thanks to their appearances. It is a crunchy combination of fatty pork, shrimps, bean sprouts, mustard leaves, lettuce, rice paper and herbs, which really gives you enough energy for the whole day. Banh Khoai is even better to taste in winter.
A bottle of Tom Chua (Sour Shrimp) will be the best gifts for your beloved family when you have chance to visit Hue city. The sour shrimps have to be cooked skillfully, carefully washed and soaked in Vietnamese rice wine to make them softer and cleaner. After that, the chef put the shrimps into a jar with garlic, chilli pepper and galangal, then wait for 7 to 10 days. This sour shrimp sauce can go with a lot of different foods including boiled pork, boiled vegetable, or you can eat it with rice right away.
>> Along with classic tours around Hue city, Vietnam culinary tours will offer you fascinating experiences during your holidays in this beautiful country.