What do you know about Hue food?

What do you know about Hue food?

What do you know about Hue food?

For a long time, in everyday life, foods always a fascinating subject. People love good food not only for the daily needs but also developed it into an art form. For Hue people, eating is considered an art form as well as a pleasure in life. Hue food includes the recipes, processing rules, decoration, style of eating and the general eating habits of royal. Hue food is a part of the culture of Hue and Vietnam culture in general.

1. Flavor of Hue food

For hundreds of years, Hue used to be the capital of Cochinchina during the Nguyen dynasty. In the 19th century, this place is a wealthy land where concentrated a lot of aristocracies, mandarins, and scholar-gentry. That why Hue people able to processing delicacy dishes only used in palaces. Hue Imperial city still a place where maintain the traces of a dynasty with all the lifestyles of its golden age. Of course, in the long-standing cultural characteristics of Hue, eating style contributes a great part in shaping the culture and style of Hue people.
Hue City is a land was developed by the people who from throughout Vietnam follow the Nguyen lord since the 16 centuries. For this reason, cuisines here also rich and convergence the finest things from other places. Hue food includes both luxurious dishes and common dishes. However, all the dishes are processed very deliciously and delicately. There are hundreds of food dishes which divided into 3 main kinds: common foods, vegetarian foods, and royal foods.
Now, when traveling Hue, many people often come to the restaurants or eateries often serve specialty foods. After sightseeing and exploring the scenic spots and historical monuments in Hue, they want to understand the culture of this place through the art forms and the philosophy of culinary.
The common foods are made from the raws materials which popular in everyday life. It’s processed simply and not too fussy as the royal dishes which used to serve the aristocracy. There are many common foods but no Hue housewife could forget how to make such as cơm hến, bún bò, bánh khoái, bánh bèo, bánh nậm, bánh ướt…
The most popular dish of Hue food is cơm hến (clams rice). Some people even “complain” that cơm hến is too cheap. A bowl of cơm hến in Hue contains about 16 flavors yet at the very cheap price.
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The vegetarian foods are prepared from the fresh vegetations, dried or fermented raw materials such as soy sauce, soya, pickles … Vegetarian foods are not used the raw materials from animals, only includes some simple vegetation ingredients. A skillful chef can still turn them into the luxurious foods. Vegetarian foods are also diversified with many dishes such as cinnamon meat pie, rolls, sour meat pie, roasted pork, shredded chicken…However, all of them are 100% made from plant materials.
Vegetarian foods have become the specialties of Hue people. It’s simple to know why vegetarian food processing become an outstanding feature of Hue culinary. Hue City used to be the “capital” of Buddhism in Vietnam. The Nguyen lords were faithful Buddhists. Buddhism as the religion of royalty and popular all over the country. The Buddhist monks and all aristocracy families must follow the vegetarian diet. At least two days per month, all Buddhist families all over the kingdom must use vegetarian foods. Thus, vegetarian foods in Hue are very plentiful, luxurious, and delicious.
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Royal foods are the noblest dishes only for the kings. It’s also served in the daily meals and the feasts in the palace to welcome the distinguished guests. Now, Huong Giang restaurant is the place where serves most of these dishes. Of course, you have to the budget abundantly and willing to pay for such a royal feast like this. The price of royal foods is quite high.

2. The Most Popular dishes of Hue Food

1. Cơm Hến (Clams rice)

Cơm hến (Clam rice) is a specialty of Hue food. Cơm hến is cold rice mixed with clams which fried in oil and spices, clam water, shrimp paste, cabbage vegetable, cracklings, grilled rice paper, crispy fried noodle, chili powder, peanut, oil, pepper, seasoning powder, and salt.

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Cơm hến (Clam rice) is the familiar dish of fishermen. They all year round lives on boats and go to throughout river branches to catch fishes with the strenuous work and the scanty income. They sold fishes, shrimps in the marketplaces, their daily meals are the low-end seafood as shellfish, clams… And the cơm hến appeared.

In Hue City, you can try cơm hến at any street food stalls in the morning with priced about 8.000 Vnd/bowl or to Vi Da village where served the best delicious clams rice with price about 0.000đ – 20.000 Vnd.

2. Bún Bò Huế (Hue beef noodles soup)

Bún Bò (Beef noodles soup) is one of the specialty foods of Hue. In Hue, this dish is simply called “bún bò”, other places called “bún bò Huế” to ascertain the origin of this dish. The main ingredients are vermicelli, beef, pig’s feet, and broth. With broth, Hue people usually add a few shrimp pastes, which created special flavors of Hue beef noodle. After the beef bones are stewed done, the chef usually adds some meatballs from beef or porks. Besides, the chef also uses the beef is sliced thin, dipped in boiling water before then added to the bowl of noodles (called rare beef). When eating, we can add some chili powder and spices to the bowl of bún bò and eaten with raw vegetables including bean sprouts, aromatic herbs, salad, chopped bananas.

The noodles are available everywhere, but its form varies depending on each region. Noodle fibers are made in Hue often bigger than other places.

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On the roads in Hue, you will meet the bún bò Hue restaurants very tasty and always busy. Bún bò (Beef noodles) attractive diners thanks to the sweet and aromatic broth which stored in the very thin aluminum pot with the mouth wide. The hot broth of bún bò will be added some meatballs which minced from pork and crab meat, the well-stewed pork hocks, bean sprouts, and a few fresh vegetables. Then add a bit of chili fish sauce to broth and enjoy, you will feel a great taste. It’s quite spicy and hot, the sweet taste of meat and broth passed down the esophagus, definitely, you will not forget this taste. Eating bún bò (beef noodles) and enjoy the burns spicy feeling, that’s the characteristics taste of Hue food.

Bún bò (beef noodles) is not only served in restaurants but also it appeared on the street food stalls. Every morning, when walking the streets, you can eat bún bò from the hawkers. It’s the Hue women, they walk with a long bamboo pole with a hot beef noodles pot placed on one side, the other side includes the bowls and spices. They walking throughout the city and sell bún bò by this way. Everyone has their own style, own flavor, imbued with the hallmark of Hue culture, from the noodle fibers, aluminum pots, gentle gestures. No matter how fastidious you are, you will get the satisfaction when enjoying a bowl of bún bò very cheap but very tasty.

I often eating bún bò at sidewalk stalls, only 15.000 Vnd/bowl. If you want to eat bún bò Huế in the best places, can go to the area of Chi Lang intersection with Nguyen Du. There is some famous beef noodle restaurant such as Bún Bò O Liễu, Bún Bò Mụ Rớt, Bún Bò Bà Phụng …

3. Bánh Bèo (Savory Steamed Rice Cakes)

Bánh bèo consists of three main parts: the cake is made of ground rice, the fillings made from savory ingredients including dried or fresh shrimps, scallions, mung bean paste, crispy fried shallots. A mixture of fish sauces is the main ingredient and often poured directly into the cake. Bánh bèo are usually get swept a scallion oil layer, then add the fillings and poured the fish sauce on, finally sprinkle the crushed roasted peanuts on surfaces.

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In central Vietnam, there’re two types of bánh bèo includes Hoi An’s bánh bèo and Hue’s bánh bèo. Hoi An’s bánh bèo is large and thick, its filling includes meat, minced shrimp, chives, with a bit of fried onion, chopped chili. Hue bánh bèo is a bit different, the cake is thin, fillings include dried shrimp powder, eaten with cracklings.

Places to eat Bánh Bèo

Bánh Bèo Bà Cư
Address: 107 Nguyen Hue, Hue City
Tel: 054 3832895

Price:25.000 – 50.000 Vnd

Bánh Bèo – Nậm – Lọc Bà Đỏ
Address: 71 Nguyen Binh Khiem St., Hue City
Tel: 054 3541182

Price: 10.000 – 50.000 Vnd

In addition, you can go to any street food stalls in Hue city to enjoy this specialty dish.

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Bánh Bột Lọc (Shrimp and Pork Dumplings)

Bánh bột lọc is a Vietnamese traditional food which made from tapioca flour. Tapioca flours are filtered out to get the starch, then boiled and stuffed it well and firm then made into bánh bột lọc. The fillings are shrimp mixed with spices, it can be included with lean pork or shrimp-pork mixture. After the cake is shaped, wrapped it in banana leaves (or keep it intact) and steamed up. This is a popular dish in the North Central provinces and especially in Hue

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Places to eat Bánh Bột Lọc

Number 1 Hang Me
Address: 12 and 45 Vo Thi Sau, Hue City
Phone: 054 3837341 – 0905 190680

Price: 50.000đ – 100.000 Vnd

4. Bánh Nậm (Rectangular Dumpling Recipe)

Along with bánh bèo, bánh bột lọc, bánh nậm is also a typical dish of Hue food. This cake made from rice flour ưhich both delicious and digestible (old people, children, sick people all can eat). In Hue, bánh nậm even served in vegetarian food form which only includes green beans, for the full moon day. Particularly, there are bánh nậm type with the toad meat fillings for stunted children, malnutrition kid. Bánh nậm with shrimp fillings is very delicious and attractive.

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5. Bánh Ram Ít (Fried Sticky Rice Dumplings)

Central Vietnam has a lot of kinds of local cake. One of which is the bánh ram ít (fried sticky rice dumplings). The fillings are made of pork belly, bean, and shrimp. Things make the bánh ram ít different from the usual cakes is the fried golden brown and crispy under the semi-circular sticky rice on the top of it. The crispiness and the chewiness perfectly complement each other, you will not feel greasy on the fried part of the cake.

The unique characteristic of the dish is the dipping sauce is the sweet and sour sauce which prepared in special ways, the spicy tastes of some slices of chili so that it’s not too salty or too sweet. The crunchy of bánh ram and the sticky and aromatic of bánh ít, the salty and sweet taste of fish sauce. All the delicate flavors satisfied many customers.

From a popular dish of the common people, bánh ít ram had been the royal families learn how to turn it become one of the royal foods. Today, you can easily find bánh ít in the restaurants, street food stalls or the hawkers in Hue city.

6. Vegetarian foods

According to an incomplete statistic, there are 125 vegetarian dishes in Hue. It shows the richness and diversity of vegetarian foods in this ancient citadel city. Hue people assume that vegetarian food helps human nature getting benign and calm, so everyone wants to eat vegetarian food to improve the spirit. Initially, vegetarianism only uses in the temples or Buddhist families, but now, it’s no longer a “legacy” of the Buddhism anymore. It has familiar with common people and even become a tourism product. Today, Hue has many changes but vegetarianism still occupied a particular position in the thoughts of most Hue residents.

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Places to eat Vegetarian food

 Vegetarian Restaurant
Address 1: 103 Minh Mang, Hue City

Liên Hoa Vegetarian
Address: 3 Le Quy Don, Hue City
Tel: 054 54816884

Thiền Tâm vegetarian
Address: 110A Le Ngo Cat Street, Hue City
Price: 20.000đ – 330.000 Vnd

Bồ Đề vegetarian food
Address: 11 Le Loi Street, Hue City
Tel: 054 3825959
Price: 15.000đ – 55.000 Vnd

Thiên Phú vegetarian
Address: 58 Nguyen Cong Tru, Hue City
Price: 12.000đ – 80.000 Vnd

7. Bánh in Ngũ Sắc (Moulded Snow-Flaked Cake)

Bánh in is made from many kinds of powder such: glutinous, bột huỳnh tinh, green beans, lotus seed … and named according to the powder name made from. The cakes are wrapped in nylon in various colors but there are specific rules, such as green for green bean cake, purple for glutinous cake … At the bottom of the cake will be carved some Chinese letters. The cake is pressed, molded into the mold then wrapped by nylon. This is the kind of cake to use on Tet holiday, serving to worship and invite guests.

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Now in Hue, there are two famous bakeries are Hong Phuc bakery on Phan Dang Luu Street, Ba Bon bakery on Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, Bao Thanh bakery (only open in full moon day) in Tran Hung Dao Street.

8. Bánh canh (Thick Noodle Soup)

What do you know about Hue food?

Bánh Canh is made from the thick noodle fibers from wheat flour. Sometimes the chef uses the rice flour instead of wheat flour. The noodle fibers are thick, like udon noodles, but sometimes they look more like white pasta. There are many variations of this dish. The broth of bánh canh depends on the version of each region and the ingredient used to make the broth. If you are in Hue, you can eat bánh canh in the Hue version.

Bánh canh Nam Phổ (Nam Pho rice noodle soup) is a specialty dish of Hue food. Nam Pho is a village in Phu Vang district, Hue province, where origin this dish. Bánh canh Nam Phổ looks quite like the Japanese udon noodle, the thickness of noodle fibers approximately a chopstick size. The word “bánh” in the Vietnamese language refers to foods that are made from flour, “canh” means soup.

Unlike other bánh canh, bánh canh Nam Phổ made from a mixture of rice and tapioca flour, steaming from boiled water to ensures the original shape of the noodle fiber. Bánh canh Nam Phổ includes the shrimp and crab milled. Many families in Nam Pho have kept the recipes for making bánh canh Nam Phổ for several generations. The special taste that has lasted for centuries has now gone beyond the border of a village.

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Places to eat bánh canh

Bánh canh Nam Phổ – Bánh Bèo O Thu
Address: 374 Chi Lang Street, Hue City
Price:  10.000đ – 22.000 Vnd

Bánh Canh Bà Đợi
Address: 40 Dao Duy Anh, Hue City
Tel: 054 3527420
Price: 20.000đ – 33.000 Vnd

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9. Bánh ướt thịt nướng Kim Long (grilled meat and rice paper Kim Long)

At first sight, you’ll very easy to mistake this dish with phở cuốn (rolled noodles) of Hanoi; however, let eat once, you will notice the differences right away. In the processing and the recipe of Hue style, bánh ướt cuốn thịt nướng is not like Hanoi phở cuốn at all.

Bánh ướt is a thin layer of steamed and soft rice paper made from rice flour with its shape round and its color white. To make this food,  people marinated raw pork with lemongrass, crushed garlic, then mix them with some spices and fried sesame. Grilling a marinated pork on a coal stove.

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Then, spreading bánh ướt on a plate, put grilled pork, fresh vegetables in the middle and roll up the rice paper to have one grilled pork roll.

Eating this dish, you have to dip the grilled pork rolls into the sauce made from soy sauce, pig liver, chopped-up garlic, sesame, and sugar.

Bánh ướt cuốn thịt nướng is one of the most favorite Hue food for tourists and backpackers.

Place to eat:

Bánh Ướt Thịt Nướng Huyền Anh
Address: 50 Kim Long, Hue City
Price: 15.000đ – 33.000 Vnd

10. Bánh Khoái Thượng Tứ

Thượng Tứ is a name of a gate in southeast Hue Citadel. In Hue, there’re many restaurants offering bánh khoái, however, the best place still Lạc Thiện restaurant right here.

Bánh khoái is made from good rice mixed with water into a liquid mixture, add some salt, eggs and then stir them up. The delicious level of cakes depends on how to mix flour. According to ancients, this cake has original name “bánh khói (smoke cake)” because it is made on the wood stove. However, later on, natives called it as “khoái”. A few others have explained that it is the favorite dish of many people so it is called “bánh khoái”, khoái mean “enjoy” according to English!

What do you know about Hue food?

According to the Hue people, making bánh khoái should focus on two key elements: formulations of flour and fire which bring the taste of cake will better. Hue food is very fussy whether it’s a snack or a main dish. When fried bánh khoái, people need to keep eye on the heat of fire and time to pouring flour. In order to get the yellow cakes, much nutrients, people often add egg yolk before pouring flour. If bánh xèo of the Vietnamese Southern people is often eaten with lettuce, fresh herbs, bánh khoái has other taste which includes bananas, starfruit, papaya, and pickled carrot. Bánh khoái is more delicious due to the sauce. The sauce is made from pig liver, chopped meat, and soy. A bowl of sauce usually has yellow-brown color and aroma of peanuts. Hue people are delicate so Hue food also owns multi-flavors. Just only a bánh khoái but it reflects the dining style and culinary culture of Hue people. Although it’s only a rustic dish, bánh khoái had become one of the delicious royal foods. Over many years, many changes, bánh khoái still attracts people and widely available as a specialty bring many unique differences things.

Places to eat Bánh Khoái Khoai

Lạc Thiện
Address: 6 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hue City
Phone: (054) 3527348
Price: 50.000đ – 70.000 Vnd

11. Chè Huế (Sweet Soup)

Hue Imperial City is not only owned the antique beauty of temples and royal tombs but also attracted tourist by the most culinary cultural diverse in Vietnam. In particular, chè Huế (sweet soup), it’s considered as the must-eat dish of many travelers traveling in the ancient capital.

Chè is a part of Hue food. If you have a chance to visit Hue without enjoying chè at least once, you will miss a big chance to experience of Vietnamese cuisine.

If Hanoi has 36 streets which as known as Ha Noi Old Quarter, Hue has 36 different types of “chè”. In any corner in Hue, you can find any type of chè, any flavor. In Vietnamese languages, “Chè”, sometimes misunderstood as tea. Che is a sweet dessert of Vietnamese. It included many types of beans, and the most important part, coconut milk. You can try the best chè at the famous chè stalls in chè Hẻm, Hue.

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Each type of chè has an own its flavor. Chè is delicious and exquisite as Hue people. Chè bắp (corn) with cool and pure sweet taste, cooked with corns got from Cồn Hến (Hen sand dune). Chè hạt sen (lotus seed) with the unique smell of the lotus from Tinh Tam Lake – where lotus planted only for royals. There are many raw materials to make chè like pomegranate, taro, even roast pig…

Some popular chè available Chè Hẻm are: chè bắp (corn), chè trôi nước (sticky rice cake and green pea paste), chè khoai môn (taro), chè đậu xanh (mung bean), chè đậu ngự (white kidney bean), chè đậu đỏ (red kidney bean), chè đậu đen (black turtle bean), chè bưởi (grapefruit), etc. Some people like to mix all kinds of chè to create chè thập cẩm (mix all).

12. Mè Xửng Candy

This candy is made of peanut and sesame, the traditional specialty of Hue imperial city. Anyone who travel Hue city all bought mè xửng candy as a gift. When eating this candy, you can feel its taste is sweet but it’s hard to forget. For enjoying this candy in the Hue style, just eat some pieces and drink a lotus teacup, and read a book or relax. Getting around the city, you can see many grocery stores that sell this iconic product. The reliable addresses to buy the good bars of sesame candies are Nam Thuan, Song Hy, Thien Huong, Song Nhan, etc.

What do you know about Hue food?

I like Hue food because Hue is my mother’s hometown. So this land is very familiar to me. The Hue food is one of the best dishes in Vietnam. If you traveling in Vietnam, you have to enjoy Hue dishes. But I only have a warning: it’s pretty spicy!

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