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Best Food to Try in Hue

Hue is famous for its many traditional dishes, however, in this article, we will introduce to you one of the best Hue dishes which are not very popular among tourists. If you visit Hue, try these delicious foods and you will remember the tastes forever.


Bun Bo Gio Heo

Bun Bo Hue (Hue-style beef vermicelli) or more detail, Bun bo gio heo (beef and pig’s knuckle vermicelli) is a popular Vietnamese soup vermicelli dish, and one of the most typical foods of Hue, Vietnam. The fine combination of ingredients make the food famous; the broth is prepared by simmering beef and bones for a long period of time, after that a large range of different spices containing lemon grass and chili are added in. Shrimp paste holds no less importance. Hue people usually add thin slices of beef shank, chunks of boiled oxtail, and pig’s knuckles or pork into the bowl. It can also contain cubes of maroon brown congealed pig blood, which are good for those suffering from high blood pressure. The specialty is commonly served with a plenty of herbs like sprouts, lime wedges, cilantro sprigs, onions, and sliced banana blossom. Thinly sliced purple cabbage or iceberg lettuces are used in case of lacking in banana blossom. It is highly recommended for tourists to add a few of shrimp paste directly into the soup.


Banh Bot Loc

Bot loc cake is a popular savory cake in Hue and it is famous around the country. This cake is made of tapioca with shrimp and pork which is wrapped in banana leaf. The cake is a little bit tough but moist and soft together with the scent of banana leaf and savory taste. How to eat this dish? It’s simple! Use your hands. You just need to peel the banana leaf and dip the cake into the sweet fish sauce then happily taste this dish with uncontrollable joy.


Mam Tom Chua

The central of Vietnam is reputable for its Mam tom chua (sour shrimp sauce) and Hue is the best place for this unique sauce. Unlike normal shrimp sauce (has a brown color and smooth surface), Sour shrimp sauce has orange color while shrimps still keep its original shape. It is quite simple to make this sauce. First, shrimps are clean by salt water (do not use normal water to avoid bad smells) and “cook” by strong rice wine. The shrimps will turn red. After that, carefully mix the shrimps with sticky rice, sliced lesser galangal, garlic, and chili. Slowly put all the mixture into a jar covered by guava leaves. Just need to wait for 5-7 days and we have the mouthwatering sour shrimp sauce of our own making. This is the best sauce for boiled pork with vermicelli.

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