When you visit Hue City, especially in spring, just try your best to enjoy these dishes listed below so you can say that you were there and had the most fulfill trip ever.
Huế’s Cakes (Các loại bánh Huế)
In Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City also have shops selling Hue’s Cakes but cannot be comparable in taste when eating this gift in its proper home. Please visit Red Lady (Bà Đỏ) shop on Nguyen Binh Khiem or the other eateries on Chi Lang Street, Dien Bien Phu, Nguyen Hue ... Remember this or else you have missed one of the most interesting things to do in Vietnam.
Steamed Rice Cakes, Ram Ít Cakes, Vietnamese Shrimp and Pork Dumplings, etc. are really aromatic and always served while it is still hot. Vietnamese Shrimp and Pork Dumplings are chewy and you can see through the cake in which a little pink shrimp is in the filling. Ram Ít Cakes are soft in the top, the bottom are crispy fried starch. Steamed Rice Cakes are milky white, each cake has the exact size as a small plate and looks so lovely.
Huế’s Cakes are only made from flour and shrimps but you will never get too tired of eating those. Each type has a specific sauce goes along with it, therefore, the flavor is distinguished.
Mussel Rice (Cơm Hến)
In a shop on Tran Phu street, there’s a mussel rice restaurant with thatch roofs. This restaurant doesn’t have many tourists visited but most people coming here to eat is Hue labor. Apart fromits low-roofed looks,all the food hereare neatly furnished, clean and put in the glass cupboard.
Each bowl of rice has Vietnamese herbs, half soup ladle of mussels, bean sprouts and banana flowers aresprinkled on top and served with a hot bowl of Mussels Soup.
Hue’s Beef Vermicelli Soup (Bún bò Huế)
Outside the city of Hue and some parts of Central Vietnam, it is called bún bò Huế to denote its origin. The broth is prepared by simmering beef bones and beef shank with lemongrass and then seasoned with fermented shrimp sauce and sugar for taste. Very spicy chili oil is added later during the cooking process.
Bun bo usually includes thin slices of marinated and boiled beef shank, chunks of oxtail, and pig's knuckles. It can also include cubes of congealed pig blood, which has a color between dark brown and maroon, and a texture resembling firm tofu.
Bun bo is commonly served with lime wedges, cilantro sprigs, diced green onions, raw sliced onions, chili sauce, thinly sliced banana blossom, red cabbage, mint, basil, perilla, persicaria odorata or Vietnamese coriander (rau ram), saw tooth herb and sometimes mung bean sprouts. Thinly sliced purple cabbage is acceptable substitute when banana blossoms are not available. Purple cabbage most resembles banana blossom in texture, though not in taste. Fish sauce and shrimp sauce is added to the soup according to taste.
Huế’s Sweet Soup (Chè Huế)
Alley Sweet Soup (Chè Hẻm) at 27 Hung Vuong Street has become a popular venue in our Old Capital City. Youth Park also has a range of mobile manufacturers. Each bar has about two dozen types of sweet soup, all seven colors in the pot. Buyers can choose any type or mixed with prices ranging from 10,000 dong / cup.
Tofu Sweet Soup (Đậu hũ non or Tào phớ)
You should try to eat tofu sweet soup that is often called in the North and called as Tào phớ in Hue city. One of the special things in this dish in Hue city that it is cooked with ginger. Tofu is not pure white as in Hanoi but turn slightly yellow as the color of the sugar has been boiled down and cut in thin slice as a floating paper on the water.The aroma and spicy taste of ginger makes the dish fits into the cool early spring day.
Khoái Cakes (Bánh Khoái) is one of most traditional Vietnamese Food Recipes in Middle Area. It looks like Bánh Xèo. However, their shapes are smaller and more filling inside. Vietnamese people always enjoy these cakes with vegetables and dipping sauce. All ingredients are not expensive, but it is required much time for cooking.
If you ask the pedicab drivers, they will show you a restaurant located in Hong Mai Street (Hồng Mai), near Đinh Tiên Hoàng crossroad. Beware that the price there is quite high compared to others but the quality & quantity of Khoái’s Cakes in one plate are highly recommended and certainly should be listed in your list of things to do in Vietnam.
Nam Phổ Rice Spaghetti Soup
Nam Phổ Rice Spaghetti Soup (Phú Vang district) is not cook the same way in other areas, thanks to a traditional secret.
As for this dish, there are no fixed restaurant serving it. You can only find it in streets vendors. Each bowl, the price may varies but should be from 20,000 VND or higher.
Grilled meat on noodles
Bún thịt nướng (literally means "grilled meat on noodles") is a popular Vietnamese cold rice vermicelli noodle dish topped with grilled pork, fresh herbs and vegetables, and chả giò(egg rolls). The dish is normally dressed in a fish sauce in other areas but in Huế, it isn’t. A thick soy sauce has a sweet taste with sesame sprinkled is substituted instead. Also, the dish often includes roasted peanuts, Vietnamese pickled carrots, and grilled prawns.
We have tried to listed the best dishes in summary for you but of course there are plenty dishes out there in Huế and surely should not be missed in your list ofthings to do in Vietnam. For us, Vietnamese Cuisine was, is and always will be rooms for exploring, so do not limit yourself on this list, please go ahead and try everything if you can. We wish you have a good time in Vietnam and will have the best memories here to tell your family and folks.