Having lived in Hue for a long time and having tasted many kinds of Hue food, I have to say that nowhere in Vietnam has the diversity of food like Hue city. Hue is not only famous for its beautiful architecture and landscapes such as the Citadel, Perfume river, Thien Mu pagoda, Tam Giang lagoon,.. but also for its cuisine. It’s Hue food that somewhat creates Hue own beauty. Coming to Hue but missing tasting these dishes is a great regret. Besides some famous and popular dishes such as Bun Bo Hue ( Hue beef noodle soup), Bun Hen ( mussel noodles), Loc cake ,… which are favorite foods of Hue people, there are other special foods attractive not only for the local people but also for tourists traveling to Hue city.
Dishes you should taste when traveling in Hue city
After a long day visiting Hue city with Hue city tour, nothing is more interesting than relaxing and spending time enjoying Hue food. Below are three special dishes I would like to introduce to you, tourists, who are traveling in Hue or planning to travel to Hue. Try them and you will have your own feelings about Hue food as well as Hue city.
1. Nem lụi (Pork with lemon grass)
As one of the famous dishes of Hue, Nem lụi always has special attraction for diners coming from all over the world. Hue people often eat Nem lụi with sweet soups, salads, and cucumber. Or you can eat with noodles, meat, and spicy fish sauce. The aroma of baked pieces of Nem lụi mingles with the scent of lemongrass and sweet taste of sugar cane is incredibly seductive. Today, although Nem lụi is common in many places, the taste of Nem lui in Hue still carries distinctive features. Not only local people like it but tourists travelling in Hue also enjoy tasting it. So, if you have the opportunity to visit Hue, do not forget to enjoy this unique and enchanting cuisine.
2. Bánh ướt thịt heo quay (Steamed rice rolls with roast pork)
On the way from Hue to Da nang, especially after you finish Bach Ma national park tour in Hue, you will have a chance to enjoy a special food called ” Bánh ướt thịt heo quay ” or Steamed rice rolls with roast pork in Mr.s Suu restaurant. Every day, the restaurant is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to serve tourists. Five flavors of sour, spicy, salty, sweet, and fatty together fit in one dish. Although Steamed rice roll has now been very popular in Hue, Steamed rice rolls with roast pork here still brings a very special taste that if having a chance to enjoy it, surely you’ll remember its taste forever. With this delicious dish and suitable price 50,000 for each pax, this restaurant is always crowded. Steamed rice roll is not really Hue own dish, but what Hue people make it makes up the brand to the former capital. This is a special dish that visitors can not ignore when visiting Hue.
3. Chè bột lọc bọc thịt quay
At night, when the sun sets, Hue city becomes very quiet and peaceful. It’s time to go along Tran Hung Dao street, and enjoy one of the most famous sweet soups of the ancient city. At least, there are 30 kinds of sweet soup in Hue, but the most special and well-known one that people often remind when talking about Hue is Chè bột lọc bọc thịt quay.
As a unique sweet soup of Hue ancient city, this dish is a combination of the flavor of salty and fatty pork, the sweetness of sugar, and aromatic scents of ginger, which creates a very special flavor and makes it very difficult to forget. Basically, the recipe to make this dish is similar to ordinary ones. What creates the unique and the biggest difference is the inside of each ball of flour, a ball of roast pork instead of a roasted peanut. With great creativity, Hue people made this dish become “very Hue”. And of course, this strange sweet soup always ranks at the first top of the menu of royal-style sweet dishes. Today, you can easily find this unique dish in most of the alleys in Hue city.
Chè bột lọc bọc thịt quay has an extremely special flavor that people who hear about and taste it for the first time will have to be surprised. Even, some people do not dare to eat it. They are afraid of tasting this dish because it’s salty inside but sweet outside. However, once you try it, you will be addicted and never forget its taste.
Above are only three of many special kinds of food in Hue that I would like to introduce to you. Spending some time enjoying Hue food will make your trip in Hue city more complete.