Hue cuisine is renowned and celebrated throughout Vietnam. When visiting Hue to explore its beautiful landscapes and savor its specialty dishes, don’t forget to buy some Hue souvenirs for your loved ones. Let’s discover the specialty dishes of Hue through the article below with!

Introduction to Hue Cuisine

To introduce the essence of the cuisine of the ancient capital, Hue, we will discover a culinary world full of flavors and sophistication. Influenced by the royal court, all dishes here are carefully prepared and adorned, from the selection of ingredients to the cooking methods and presentation. The subtlety and elegance in the way of enjoying food are also highly emphasized by the people of Hue. Therefore, Hue cuisine not only captivates the taste buds but also serves as artistic creations with alluring aromas.

Hue is considered a place where traditional folk dishes and exquisite royal delicacies from the Nguyen dynasty are preserved. Especially, the vegetarian dishes of “Hue style” are meticulously prepared with plant-based ingredients, offering both nutrition and delight that leave diners in awe. If you ever set foot in the ancient capital and experience the poetic scenery here, do not miss the opportunity to savor the rich and authentic specialties of Hue in the heart of Central Vietnam.

The most famous Hue specialty dishes you must try:

Bún Bò Huế(Hue beef noodle soup) – Renowned Hue Beef Noodle Soup

When it comes to the specialties of Hue, not including Bún Bò Huế (Hue beef noodle soup) is a significant oversight. Bún Bò Huế is not only famous throughout Vietnam but has also gained recognition in international media. However, the authentic taste of Bún Bò Huế can only be experienced in Hue.

The noodles used in this dish are small rice noodles, and the broth is simmered with beef bones to achieve a sweet and savory flavor. But it doesn’t stop there; the people of Hue also add some minced shrimp paste to the broth. When you enjoy a steaming bowl of Bún Bò Huế, it’s rich and flavorful, complemented by tender beef, a bit of chewiness from pork knuckles, Hue-style sausages, and shrimp paste, truly living up to its reputation as the renowned specialty of Hue.

Addresses to try Hue beef noodle soup:

  • Quán Bún Bò Huế Bà Tuyết: 47 Nguyễn Công Trứ, Phú Hội, Huế City, Thừa Thiên Huế
  • Bún Bò Huế: 5 Nguyễn Du, Phú Cát, Huế City, Thừa Thiên Huế
  • Bún Bò O Cương Chú Điệp: 6 Trần Thúc Nhẫn, Vĩnh Ninh, Huế City, Thừa Thiên Huế
  • Bún Bò Huế O Phượng: 24 Nguyễn Khuyến, Phú Nhuận Ward, Huế City

The “Sunset Tour in Hue and Street Food by Motorbike” by’s will take you on an adventure to experience the rustic dishes that make up the culinary symbols of Hue. Along with that, you’ll get to enjoy the scenic beauty of the ancient land of Hue.

Cơm Hến (Vietnamese broken rice with grilled pork chop) – A Hue Specialty Loved by Travelers

While traveling in the western region, you must try “cơm tấm” (broken rice with grilled pork and shredded pork skin), and when in Quảng Nam, don’t miss “cơm gà Tam Kỳ” (Tam Ky chicken rice). Similarly, when visiting Hue, you should taste “cơm Hến.” Authentic “cơm Hến” is made with cold rice topped with sautéed clams in a flavorful sauce. It’s then garnished with peanuts, banana blossoms, raw vegetables, and small pieces of taro. What makes it special is the addition of a special shrimp paste sauce and crispy pork skin. When you take a bite, you’ll experience a harmonious blend of flavors, along with a unique tingling sensation on your tongue from the characteristic spiciness of this dish.

Addresses to try Cơm Hến in Hue:

  • Cơm Hến Đập Đá: 1 Hàn Mặc Tử, Vỹ Dạ, Huế City, Thừa Thiên Huế
  • Cơm Hến Hoa Đông: 64 Kiệt 7 Ưng Bình, Vỹ Dạ, Huế City, Thừa Thiên Huế
  • Quán chị Nhỏ: Located at the intersection of Phạm Hồng Thái and Trương Định.

Bún Hến

When it comes to dishes made from clams (Hến) in this historic region, Bún Hến is equally as impressive as Cơm Hến. Unlike Bún Bò Huế, Bún Hến is a mixed noodle dish. In addition to sautéed clams with a rich flavor, it includes shredded pork skin, fresh vegetables, and roasted peanuts. What sets it apart is that it is served with a bowl of clam broth, known as “nước lèo,” which is the boiled clam broth.

Addresses to try Bún Hến in Hue:

  • Cơm Hến – Quán Nhỏ: 9 Ngô Quyền Street, Vĩnh Ninh, Huế City, Thừa Thiên Huế
  • Cơm Hến, Bún Hến Lành: 38 Ngô Gia Tự Street, Vĩnh Ninh, Huế City, Thừa Thiên Huế

Hến Xúc Bánh Tráng

Another dish made from clams, not as elaborate but loved by many diners, is Hến Xúc Bánh Tráng. The sweet clams, sautéed with a touch of spicy lemongrass and chili, mixed with onions and Vietnamese coriander, are served on a plate. Roasted peanuts are sprinkled on top. What makes it special is the crispy rice paper that cannot be missed. This simple dish will leave you with unforgettable flavors of Hue.

Addresses to try Hến Xúc Bánh Tráng in Hue:

  • Cơm Hến Hoa Đông: 7 Ưng Bình, Vỹ Dạ, Huế City, Thừa Thiên Huế
  • Nhà Hàng Cơm Niêu Khải Hoàn: 90 Lê Lợi, Phú Hội, Huế City, Thừa Thiên Huế
  • Quán Bình 3: Phú Hoà, Huế City, Thừa Thiên Huế

Frequently Asked Questions About Hue Specialty Dishes

What are the most popular Hue specialty dishes to bring as gifts?

When visiting Hue, you can purchase popular gifts such as Hue-style sesame candies (mè xửng Huế), royal tea (trà cung đình), Huế pomelo essential oil (dầu tràm Huế), fermented shrimp paste (mắm tôm chua), and fermented mussel paste (mắm sò) to bring back for your friends and family.

What are some of the most famous Hue specialty dishes?

You can try some of the most famous Hue specialty dishes like Bún Bò Huế (Hue beef noodle soup), dishes made from clams (các món từ hến), mixed fruit salad with shrimp and pork (vả trộn), Huế savory fried pancakes (bánh khoái), and pressed rice cakes (bánh ép Huế). These are all unique and renowned dishes from Hue.