What to Eat In Hue? – Best of Hue Street Foods
Hue is worth a visit for being former Imperial Capital of Vietnam, Perfume River and authentic cuisine. Besides visiting must-visited tourist attraction, do not miss tasting delicious foods in Hue. It’s a big chance for you to learn more about Hue foods and rich culture hidden in the foods. What to Eat In Hue? This is a frequently asked question when you visit this beautiful city.
Hue cuisine is distinctive and there are 2 forms of Hue foods: traditional and imperial. I’d like to introduce you best traditional foods (or street foods) and places to eat them in Hue. Please be noted that most of eating places in this post are street food stalls which are famous with locals. You can read more about What to Eat in Hue? – Hue Imperial Foods and 5 Best Restaurants in Hue HERE.
1. Steamed Rice with Baby Basket Clams or Baby Basket Clams Rice (Cơm Hến)
Steamed rice with baby basket clams – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
What to Eat In Hue? The answer is usually Cơm Hến. Baby Basket Clams Rice is everywhere from small villages in the country to luxury restaurants in the city of Hue. Both rich and poor people love to eat this flavorful dish. Cơm Hến is made from rice, baby basket clams, deep-fried pork fat pieces and shrimp paste – a specialty of Hue. The food is served with herbs, shredded banana blossoms, bean sprouts, small cut taro plant and peanuts covered in oil.
Best places to eat Steamed Rice with Baby Basket Clams:
- 2 Truong Dinh street, Hue city
- Han Mac Tu street
2. Soup Cake (Bánh Canh)
Soup Cake is a Vietnamese rice noodle soup with thicker and shorter noodle in comparison to other kinds of noodle soups in Vietnam. In addtion, the broth of Bánh Canh isn’t clear like others but glutinous. There are 2 delicious Soup Cake receipts in Hue which you should try.
Soup cake – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Nam Pho Soup Cake has a secret traditional receipt with soft and smelling noodle. The broth is cooked from crab, ground pork, shrimp, pork chop, pork pie and other secret ingredients which makes this Soup Cake unique. The yellow and glutinous broth make anybody mouth-watering at first look. There are many street food stalls serving Nam Pho Soup Cake on the streets for you to enjoy.
Soup Cake at Ba Doi stall is always crowded with customers so that you have to wait for a few minute to enjoy a bowl of Soup Cake. The noodle doesn’t have round cylinder shape but oval cylinder shape like Soup Cake in Quang Binh province, Central Vietnam. The broth is also cooked from shrimp, pork and other secret ingredients. It’s topped with shrimp, pork pie, green onion and deep-fried onion. Address: 9 Nguyen Trai street, Hue city.
3. Sweet Soup at alleys (Chè Hẻm)
Colorful Hue sweet soups – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Hue is famous for many kinds of amazing sweet soup at hidden alleys. Each sweet soup has its own taste which is as dedicated as Hue people. From glutinous sweet soup with corn smelling sweet soup with lotus seed to special dumplings, sweet soup with taro… are all you must try. Amazing sweet soups couldn’t be missed in the post What to Eat in Hue? Just come to the stall and enjoy colorful and exotic Sweet Soup.
It’s easy to find a good place to enjoy Sweet Soup on the streets in Hue. I’d like to recommend you to come to:
27 Hung Vuong street, Hue city
45 Tran Phu street, Hue city
4. Steamed Rice with vegetarian foods (Cơm chay Huế )
Delicious vegetarian foods in Hue – Photo source: unknown
Visiting quiet Hue city, it’s a good place for you to relax and calm yourself. Veggies are good choice to refresh your stomach. Vegetarian foods are known as very delicious and it’s worth a try. There is a wide range of vegetarian foods such as Rice with lotus seeds, Hue rice noodle soup with veggies, Mixed boiled veggies, Fried spring roll with veggies…
You can come to pagodas to enjoy a delicious meal of vegetarian foods. Tu Dam Pagoda on Su Lieu Quan street, Hue city is one of the most popular places to taste great foods. You can come to Lien Hoa food stall at 3 Le Quy Don street to eat vegetarian foods at good price.
5. Hue rice noodle soup (Bún bò Huế )
Hue noodle soup – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Bún bò Huế is the soul of Hue cuisine. The highlight of this food is the broth with mysterious and secret receipt. The broth is cooked from pork bone, shrimp paste, lemon grass, ginger and others. This dish is topped with pork leg, pork pie, pork blood pudding and beef. The dish isn’t greasy to eat because a plate of assorted herbs is served with the bowl of rice noodle soup. I’ve enjoy a Bún bò Huế at 13 Ly Thuong Kiet street, Hue city and it’s very very flavorful.
6. Rice noodle with grilled pork and Banh hoi with grilled pork
Rice noodle with grilled pork – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Question cake with grilled pork – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Grilled pork in Hue is marinated enough so that it’s tender after being grilled. The grilled pork has a special taste – Hue taste. It’s eaten with rice noodle or Banh hoi, fresh herbs and fish sauce dip. Best places to eat Rice noodle with grilled pork and Banh hoi with grilled pork are on Kim Long street.
7. Hue cakes: Bánh bèo, bánh bột lọc, bánh khoái
When you come to Hue, you will see Hue cakes are everywhere on the streets. Hue cakes have become an important part in Hue daily life. Hue people love to eat Bánh bèo, bánh bột lọc, bánh khoái as snack
You can come to An Dinh street, Ngu Binh street and Nguyen Binh Khiem Street to see how locals eat their favorite cakes.
Bloating Fern-shaped Cake – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Bánh bèo or Bloating Fern-shaped Cake is a savory cake eaten with dipping fish sauce. Rice flour mix is steamed in small bowl before being topped with shrimp, ground pork, deep fried pork fat, ground dried tiny shrimp, mix of chopped green onion and oil. Bánh bột lọc or Tapioca Dumplings with Shrimp and Pork is a small, clear-looking, chewy tapioca dumpling. The filling is made from shrimp and pork. Fish sauce dip couldn’t be missed to serve Bánh bột lọc.
Vietnamese Clear Shrimp & Pork Dumpling Or Banh Bot Loc – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Bánh khoái – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Bánh Khoái is a crepe made from rice and egg yolk. It’s topped with green onion, fish sauce, peeled boiled shrimp, thinly slices of grill beef, thinly slices of fat and bean sprouts. The special taste of Bánh khoái comes from the sauce which only can be made by talent cook. The most famous brand of Bánh khoái is Thuong Tu. You can come to Banh Khoai Lac Thien at 6 Dinh Tien Hoang street, Hue city.
8. Vietnamese Square Sticky Rice Cake Nhat Le (Bánh chưng Nhật Lệ)
Nhat Le Vietnamese Square Sticky Rice Cake – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Vietnamese Square Sticky Rice Cake is a traditional food in Vietnam. It’s a must dish at Tet festival to worship ancestors. Vietnamese Square Sticky Rice Cake is wrapped in banana leaves. Main ingredients are sticky rice, green bean, pork belly, green onion, black pepper… Nhat Le is one of the most famous brands of Vietnamese Square Sticky Rice Cake in Hue as well as Vietnam. It has been said that it’s better to eat Nhat Le Cake when it’s cold.
9. Barbecued pork (Nem lụi chất Huế )
Hue-style barbecued pork – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Barbecued pork is a Hue specialty which you can see anywhere in Hue. To eat, dinners use rice paper to wrap herbs, pine apple, bean sprouts, green banana, chili. Then the roll is dipped in a special sauce made from dozens of ingredients such as oil, pork liver, winter melon powder, cinnamon, star aniseed, coconut cream.
10. Hell Rice or Com Am Phu
Now you know What to Eat in Hue, do not skip visiting this peaceful city to discover beautiful sights, rich culture and exotic street foods.