Hue has been long famous for delicacies. However, in addition to these gourmet foods, idyllic dishes like cơm hến, bún bò Huế, bún thịt nướng, bánh nướng thịt nướng and nem lụi attracts quite a few people including local residents and tourists as well. With detailed information from raw ingredients to food price, this article will help you to explore what to eat in Hue, Vietnam.
Cơm hến (baby basket clams rice)
It is certain that Hue is the best place to enjoy cơm hến. This idyllic food is sold everywhere in Hue. Cơm hến is made of well-done and cool white rice. The basket clams are added with additives and crisply fried pork rind. Besides, cơm hến is eaten with a little bit shrimp paste with buttery, spicy and pungent flavor. Served with additives are types of leaf vegetables including green banana, bean sprout and chopped white taro. Peanuts are roasted until golden, which looks eye-catching.
The most delicious cơm hến is in Cồn Hến or Pham Hong Thai lane, which is at the intersection with Truong Dinh. This food stall only opens in the morning. The price is quite cheap, only about 10,000 VND for a bowl.
Bún bò Huế (Hue beef rice vermicelli)
Bún bò Huế is regarded as the soul of Hue’s cuisine. Bún bò Huế consists of a beef shank, pig’s knuckles, some sausages and some slices of beef. Numerous fresh vegetables are accompanied with this food. The most famous place to eat bún bò Huế is No.13 Ly Thuong Kiet. In reality, in Hue, you also can find a high-quality bun bo restaurant everywhere. 30,000 VND is the price of a bowl of bún bò Huế.
Bún thịt nướng (Rice vermicelli with grilled pork) – bánh ướt thịt nướng (thin pancake with grilled pork)
The most attractive point of these two dishes is grilled pork. The meat here is well marinated so that we still feel the pleasant smell and the softness of the meat. In particular, this dish owns a characteristic flavor quite different from other regions. The sauce is also delicious together with plenty of fresh vegetables.
Some suggested good restaurants are located near Kim Long that is on the road to Thien Mu Pagoda.
Bánh chưng Nhật Lệ (Nhat Le chưng cake)
This famous dish originates from Nhat Le Street in the Imperial Citadel where dozens of bakeries are located. The taste of this cake is distinctive due to the blend of bean, fat and lean meat with glutinous rice together with spices such as pepper and onion.
A special feature is that bánh chưng Nhật Lệ is served cool rather than hot. Diners will be impressed by the eye-catching green color and the aroma of the cake.
Nem lụi (Hue lemongrass skewer)
Many people say that Nem lụi is one of the dishes that thoroughly brings the features of Hue. The two restaurants in Nguyen Hue street are always packed with people from morning till night. The amazing taste of nem lụi satisfies almost all the customers including fussy eaters.
When eating, you wrap rice papers around meatballs, vegetables, pineapple, bean sprout, green sliced banana and chili, then tie all of them by the green onion. An indispensable ingredient is nước lèo that is always eaten with nem lụi. Nước lèo is made from dozens of different ingredients such as vegetable oil, pig’s liver, tapioca, sugar, fish sauce, cinnamon and coconut milk.