These Top 6 Hue local food will help you to find out what you should try and how to eat like a local in Hue, the Vietnam food paradise.
1. Bun Bo Hue – Hue Signature Beef Noodle Soup – Do not skip this Hue local food
Bun Bo Hue is the first dish you should try when you visit Hue Ancient City. Why? Because it is the soul of Hue City!
Bun Bo Hue is cooked with beef shank, pig knuckles, Vietnamese pork loaves… The dish is balance of its spicy and flavors. Bun Bo Hue has a naturally sweet flavor from the simmering of beef and pork bones that cooked for a long time.
The add of shrimp paste and lemongrass bunch in the broth makes Bun bo Hue’s flavor completely distinctive towards the rest of traditional soups in Viet Nam.
The soup is commonly served with a plenty of herbs like bean sprout, salad, lime, cilantro, banana flower… Try a bowl of Bun bo Hue, you would love this dish from the first spoon! We will tell you where to get it on your own.
Where to eat?
- Bun bo O Ty – 5 Nguyen Du, Hue city
- Bun bo My Tam – 1 Tran Cao Van, Hue city
You can read more of Bun Bo Hue via this post by Helen Freund, a travel blogger who happened to love Hue like we do.
2. Bánh Khoái – Hue Royal Pancake
Have you tried Banh Xeo Specialty in the South of Vietnam yet? Banh Khoai is said to be the petite version of Banh Xeo with a royal touch. It has its original name “Banh Khoi” (khói means smoke) since they cook it on a wood stove. However, people miss-spell “khoi” into “khoai”, therefore its official name is “khoai” which means happy cake in English.
The base of Banh Khoai consists of egg rice flour. Once it turns into golden color, the chef places some slices of pork, shrimp, egg, bean sprouts on top then fried until crispy. A basket of green and fresh herbs like mint leaves, basil, and finished with a tasty peanut sesame sauce will finish it up. Wonder where to eat this local food in Hue?
Where to eat?
- Lac Thien restaurant – 6 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hue city
- Hanh restaurant – 1 Pho Duc Chinh, Hue city
3. Bun Thit Nuong – Grilled pork noodle
Our third most favorite dish among locals is Bún Thịt Nướng. This is a cold rice noodle dish with well-marinated grilled porks topped with fresh herbs such as basil, cilantro, fresh salad, cucumber, pickled papaya and carrot, crispy peanut.
You might have tried this dish in Saigon or Hanoi but in Hue’s version in our opinion is super special. The distinguished sauce is made from pork liver, peanut and sesame that will make you speechless once you try it. Hue Grilled Pork Noodle is one of the royal cuisines from ancient times.
Come and try yourself to know why it is so special! You will notice that Vietnamese like to eat Bun Thit Nuong in the afternoon thus, it should be easy for you to find it in every corners in Hue City.
Our suggested place to eat:
- Ba Ty restaurant – 81 Dao Duy Tu, Hue city
- Local food corner in Dong Ba market
4. Nem lui – Grilled Pork Skewer with Lemon Grass
You love spring rolls and want to do your own roll? This is a dish for you! Nem lui is made from well-seasoned finely-ground pork and minced pork skin. This mixture will be then attached on a lemongrass stick and grilled over a coal stove.
When eating, Nem lui will be wrapped in a thin rice paper and fresh herbs added. Rolling it up and then dip in peanut sesame sauce will make a perfect flavor. If you have the opportunity to visit Hue, do not forget to enjoy this unique Hue local food.
Where to eat:
- Ty restaurant – 81 Dao Duy Tu, Hue city
- Hong Mai Restaurant, Dinh Tien Hoang st, Hue city
5. Banh beo, nam, loc – Savory Hue Local Cake
These are the famous combo of different kinds of savory cakes made from glutinous rice and sauteed shrimp.
Banh nam and Banh loc are wrapped in la dong, also known as elephant ears leaves which adds a very enjoyable fragrance to the dish. There are some famous local restaurants in Hue we would like to recommend as below
Where to eat:
- Hanh restaurant – 11 Pho Duc Chinh, Hue city
- Hang Me – 12 Vo Thi Sau, Hue city
6. Banh My – Vietnamese stuffed bread
A dish that everyone knows what it is! Don’t get me wrong! Hue Banh My is a treat for those who are short in cash but looking for super good dinner with vibrant ambience with local people. Go find yourself wander in front of Truong Tien Bridge, also known as Nguyen Dinh Chieu Night Market after 7PM, you will notice there are some small stools with young people sitting around, there are super cheap Banh My with a great variety of choices for you.
Or simply walk over Truong Tien Bridge towards Dong Ba Market, look around to find Thao Bakery Mobile Cart. Try a mixed Banh My with Iced Peach Tea! Trust us! We only show you the best places to have the best Hue local food.
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