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What to Eat in Hue

Hue cuisine is distinctive: Vietnamese people regard it as the best in the country. There are two forms – Hue traditional food and Royal cuisine, the food of the Imperial Court. Hue culinary traditions demand that meals must presented aesthetically, harmonising food elements, decorations and colours to create a gastronomic work of art. For example, the rice container must near a dish of salad vegetables, fermented bean sprouts, slices of red and green of chillies, slices of star fruit, round slices of bitter bananas, and a dish of sliced boiled pork arranged in a flower pattern. The array would include a dish of white or red flowers purely for decorative purposes to create a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach.


Nem Công - Peacock Rolls 


Quite similar to sring rolls throughout Vietnam but Nem Cong is made of peacock meat. Peacock is the symbol of integrity and immortality. Peacock meat is also rich in nutrition and it helps to detoxify the body, therefore, it is not a surprise that this food is preferred in royal courts.


Peacock meat can be cooked in many different dishes. To make nem công, peacock meat is pounded smoothly and mixed with garlic, galingale, sesame, salt and pepper. 




Chả Phượng - Phoenox Paste


It actually consists of lean pork paste, beans, carrots and egg. One of the dishes for the royal family. 


It is now served in special events or on special request. 




Cơm Sen - Lotus Rice 


Lotus rice in Hue, a dish can be said to converge in the culinary quintessence of Hue food in central Vietnam. To make this delicious rice dish, beautiful, first it is material selection. The fresh nutritious fresh lotus, its flavor is warm and cook faster; the rice should be new and fresh. Besides, shrimp, mushrooms, carrots, beans, fried eggs, sausage, meat, chicken, pork...all blend together to create a very special flavor of lotus rice which other rice dishes cannot offer


Bún Bò Huế - Noodle Soup  


a popular Vietnamese soup containing rice vermicelli (bún) and beef (bò).


Huế is a city in central Vietnam associated with the cooking style of the former royal court. The dish is greatly admired for its balance of spicy, sour, salty and sweet flavors and the predominant flavor is that of lemon grass.


The best bún bò Huế only fonded in Huế at Mụ Rớt, behind Diệu Đế Buddhist Temple.


In HCM City: Bún Bò Gia Hội, 19 Bis Tran Cao Van, District 01 


Bún Bò Huế - Noodle Soup  



Banh Khoai - A popular pancake in Hue, Central Vietnam - made from rice flour, water, turmeric powder, added some pork, shrimp, bean sprouts and then pan fried. Banh khoai is served with variety of herb, like mint leaves, basil and dip in a sweet and sour mixed peanut sauce.

It can be found at Lac Thien Restaurant on 06 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hue. On the way out from the Hue's Citadel.


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