(BEGODI) – Visitors around the world probably drink a shot of Hanoi, Saigon and Hoi An when being at Vietnam. But for its unique atmosphere and ever-changing culture, Hue should be a must place when approaching this country.

The cuisine is totally insane. Hue food is particularly embraced by the traditional cooking expertise of the local folksy chefs. The famous dishes which can be listed as Bun Bo Hue, Bun Hen, Banh Uot Thit Nuong are popular all over the country for its tasteful flavours and special cooking techniques. Let’s check out these several gem dishes that are entirely irresistible.

Bun Bo Hue

Bun Bo Hue. (Pictures from tuoitredulich and dulichdananghoianhue)

A foody would always trade for this gorgeous local invention in the first place. For hundreds of years during the history, the time-honoured bowl of Bun Bo were enchanted by a special stock that cooked by the two irreplaceable ingredients: lemongrass and the unique home-run “ruoc” – a kind of thick seafood sauce that are thoroughly produced by the local people.

The conventional down-to-earth “chef” just fill the bowl with well-done beef slices and the round pieces of pig legs, topped with an exceptional spoon of Hue chilli sauce, onion, green herbs and the underneath treasure is a noticeable sort of carb – Vietnamese rice noodle.

The on-fire-to-be-kept-warm huge stock pot is literally a magical thing. Go for a bowl of Bun Bo Hue for breakfast or when it comes to dawn before hitting home after work would be beyond great.

Some recommended go-tos:

  • Bun Bo Hue Dac Biet – 01 Ly Thuong Kiet st., Hue city.
  • Bun Bo Hue Ba Xuan – 17 Ly Thuong Kiet st., Hue city.
  • Bun Bo Me Gai (street foodstall) – Chi Lang st., Hue city. (pick this if you love to do it locally, as it is a street foodstall, the address is not fixed)
  • Bun Bo Truong Dinh – 26 Truong Dinh st., Hue city.

Com Hen, Bun Hen

Bun Hen. (Pictures from thanhnien and livefitngo)

If you are into a nice mixture of fresh ingredients plus signature exclusive “ruoc” dressing, the taste of this dish will blow your mind. More than 10 ingredients gather in a bowl of surprise: stir-fried tiny mussel, peanuts dipped into chilli “sate” sauce, thinly sliced Vietnamese herbs, crunchy fried pork skin, starfruit, deep-fried yellow noodle chupatty, deep-fried onion,… all blended well on a dry rice noodle basis.

There are more than 10 ingredients gather in a bowl of surprise.

Some recommended go-tos:

  • Com hen Ba Cam – 02 Truong Dinh st., Hue city.
  • Com hen Hong Thuy – 88 Han Thuyen st., Hue city.
  • Com hen Hoa Dong – 64, Valley 7, Ung Binh st., Hue city.

Che Hem – Hue sweet “porridge” dessert

Che hem. (Pictures from dulichhue and webdulichmientrung)

This substantially energised lovely dessert have been here right inside of a small valley on Hung Vuong street. Since like forever, it was born and have welcomed millions of people from around the world to show up and have a try.

Simple as it always is, the restaurant serves dozen of kinds of “che” named after their very ingredients that have been familiar with the local citizens and Vietnamese folks: corn, taro, red bean, green bean, rice balls, coconut,…

So many kinds of “che”

Some maybe very commonplace but some are true legits like the one “bot loc heo quay” that consists of the clear rice balls with the seasoned fried crispy-skin-layer pork.

Che bot loc heo quay
To be served, each glass of “che” would be filled with massed ice and a big spoon of coconut milk.
01, Valley 29, Hung Vuong st., Hue city.

Vietnamese Snail

Oc. (Pictures from tiengsonghuong)

This dish will be favorable for those who love strong flavors and spicy tastes. The helix snails caught right beneath the paddle fields are brought into the kitchen, well-soaked and prepared.

After that, these lovely helix-rolls will be stir-fried in a big wok with a great deal of different ingredients: lemon grass, fresh chilli, garlic, lemon leaves, vinegar,… Some restaurants nowadays have transfer into using huge pots to cook the snails since the customer demand has constantly raised.

Plates of snail. Hue people commonly call these guys “big” and “small” snail. Whenever you hit a snail restaurant, try ordering the dishes in the local way: “Oc to” for the big ones, “oc nho” for the smaller kind.
There are two kinds of dipping sauce: the burning hot one and the slightly spicy one. Pick one as you fit. A plate of Vietnamese fresh herbs and local veggies will be brought to you along with the main dishes.
This stir-fried tiny vessel dish, served with grilled coconut rice paper, does worth a try. The playful flavour melts in the mouth when chewing would nicely complete your meal.

Some recommended go-tos:

  • Oc Chi Ha – 89 Nguyen Hue st., Phu Nhuan Dist., Hue city.
  • Oc Minh Nghia – 253 Phan Boi Chau st., Truong An Dist., Hue city.

Lovely rice dishes: Com La Sen, Com Am Phu

Rice has been a valuable food provision of Vietnam since the very first days. A nice dish of rice seems to be everywhere in this country, and Hue definitely not an exception.

The traditional royal culture runs in each and every citizen of the city boosts to enhance the so-called Com La Sen, a nice stir of cooked white rice with the stunning lotus seeds, pork, shrimp and some other beautiful ingredients, wrapped in a layer of fresh lotus leaf (“la sen” in Vietnamese) then steamed in a special pot.

Com La Sen – a great elegant royal creation from the old time. (Pictures from abay)
Having a nice wrap of this in a traditional restaurant beside the Huong (scent) river would be an unique experience for foreign travellers.

Com Am Phu is an exclusive dish that was created by a long-standing restaurant on Nguyen Thai Học street, which has been serving this dish for over a hundred years.

The eye-catching colors of the cooked and thinly sliced side dishes are attractively decorated on a full plate with the steamed white rice right at the center.

A nice bowl of spring sweet-and-sour fish sauce would go well with the festive color shades. If you wish to get to know more about the city cuisine and culture, this dish is a big hit.

Com Am Phu.

Recommended go-tos:

  • Com La Sen: Cung Dinh Hue restaurant – 38 Nguyen Sinh Sac st., Vi Da, Hue city.
  • Com Am Phu: 35 Nguyen Thai Hoc st., Hue city.

Vietnamese Banh – rice flour-made steamed cakes.

The sorts of rice flour creations have come to a new exquisite level thanks to Hue people. A full tray of “banh” is totally a must when visiting this splendid ancient city.

Blended and shaped well by hand, stuffed with stunning flavorful ingredients: pork belly, dry shrimp, wood ear mushroom, spring onion,… The delicate savour from pure cooked flour and the fresh filling will doubtlessly not fail to please your appetite.

Banh Bot Loc is the one-of-a-kind signature dish of this old capital city. The clear ply covers the thick layer of stuffed ingredients inside. The salty fish sauce especially goes well with this. (Pictures from hotdeal)
Banh Nam, Banh Beo, Banh It,… the variable sorts of “Banh” inspired by one single formula – flour and stuffed filling, are initiated by the creativity of the old people of this very city. Come to Hue, Find these. Eat these. Feel the quintessence.
Some recommended go-tos:
  • Ba Do Restaurant – 7/8 Nguyen Binh Khiem st., Hue city.
  • Banh Beo Cung An Dinh – Valley 148, Nguyen Hue st., Hue city.

Banh Uot Thit Nuong – Rice flour crepe with grilled meat and Vietnamese fresh herbs.

Bun Thut Nuong. (Pictures from cungphuot)

Undoubtedly, Banh Uot Thit Nuong is not only a bomb for every single outside-of-the-city visitor but the inner world, too. The dynamic flavour of the perfect combination of tasty fresh herbs, pickled veggies, the gorgeous secretly seasoned grilled pork and the light carbon source – rich diced crepe or rice noodle.

Above of that, the serving sauce is totally an explosive add-on. Dipping the soft rolls into the a-bit thick spicy sauce, take a mouthful of heaven, allow the tender love of the rolls to ease you.

Banh Uot Thit Nuong and Bun Thit Nuong are a charming touch of Hue cuisine.

Huyen Anh restaurant – 52, Valley 11, Kim Long st., Hue city.

The blending of fresh, strong and easily-addicting flavours is the secret to Hue thousands of years’ unique cuisine that cannot be found in absolutely anywhere all over the country. Food is the gate to any culture house. Hit a try on these specialties. And get lost.

If there is anything you want to know about the city, especially the cuisine as well as where to enjoy the good food, contact us right away – Begodi expects to be your long-term journey friend.

Source: news.begodi.com

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