Top 10 Best Hue Local Street Food [Must-eat]
Hue cuisine is considered as both an art and the culture of the pleasure life. The best way to explore Hue’s culture is through its unique cuisine with lots of typical local dishes. Hue local food is rich in different dishes with nice smells and good taste mixing with the flavor of the fields, lagoons, mountains, and rivers. The real local food is the street food of Hue which is ubiquitous in and around the city, where many homes double as shops and restaurants: business in the front, family in the back. Coming to Hue, you should not miss tasting these suggested famous kinds of Hue street food.
1. Grilled corn and baked sweet potatoes
Whenever you walk past grilled corn and baked sweet potatoes on some street corners, you’ll feel an irresistible sweet and warm smell that makes you unable to walk away. That’s why for a light late-night meal or snack, especially in cool or cold weather, these foods appeared to be in seriously high demand. It’s cheap, fulfilling, and it makes you feel warm in your mouth, your stomach, and your heart.
Grilled corn is a simple dish. Corned are sprinkled and dipped into different essential ingredients such as chili, honey, butter, and green onions. Baked sweet potatoes are made even more straightforward. There are no spices that need to be added, just pure sweet potatoes grilled inside coals until it reaches the perfect level. You can find both of these foods easily around the Perfume River at night.
Grilled corn and baked sweet potatoes
2. Sweet potato shake
Another yummy street food made from sweet potatoes that BestPrice will recommend for you is sweet potato shake. It’s quite similar to a regular potato shake, but sweet potato tastes sweeter, richer, and best of all, it’s so much healthier. Sweet potatoes will be sliced into appropriate sizes, and the chef will fry till it reaches the level crunchy outside, sweet and soft inside. After that, sweet potatoes will be topped with cheese and plum and shaken to make sure everything is mixed together. You can see sweet potato shake in a lot of small food vendors or even fast-food restaurants.
Sweet potato shake
3. Hue Savory Crispy Crepe
Hue Savory Crispy Crepe is most popular as a snack for teenagers. To make this dish, you need to use cassava flour as a base, then add a few eggs, minced pork, dried beef, and scallions on top. It will be served with fish sauce to dip in and a side of pickled carrots, radish to balance. You can cut it into small pieces for easy bites or roll it in the shape of a crepe.
Hue Savory Crispy Crepe
4. Hue Sweet Soup
If you are craving some sweet treats, don’t skip Hue Sweet Soup. In Vietnam, sweet soup has been a traditional dessert for a long time, but there’s no place worldwide with as many types and flavors as Hue City. Hue has around 36 different kinds of sweet soup thanks to the influence of the ancient royal. Sweet soup is a must-try when you visit Hue City. They use various types of toppings to create each soup.
Some of the most famous sweet soups are longan stuffed lotus seed, corn, taro, sticky rice cake and mung bean, red bean, etc. It’s possible to pick your favorite ingredients and mix them to enjoy the type you like. Normally, in Hue City, they serve sweet soup in a tiny bowl; it’s not a lot, so you can order several bowls to try. Sweet soup can be perfect anytime during the day.
Hue Sweet Soup
5. Bun Thit Nuong (Vermicelli with grilled pork)
Bun Thit Nuong is a mixture of rice vermicelli, grilled pork, fresh vegetables, and other unique ingredients. This dish has no broth but a sauce made of ground peanut. The pork is mixed with some ingredients to be tastier and then be grilled on fire. A bowl of Bun Thit Nuong includes rice vermicelli in the bottoms, some pieces of grilled pork above, kinds of fresh vegetables around, and the sauce on the top. When eating, you should add a little chili sauce and lemon squash, then mix all of them to enjoy the unique flavor of the dish.
Bun Thit Nuong (Vermicelli with grilled pork)
6. Nem Lui (Lemongrass skewers)
Nem Lui is made from succulent pork molded around lemongrass sticks. To enjoy the dish, you are suggested to take a small and thin piece of “rice paper” to wrap it with fresh vegetables, thin slices of star fruit, chilly, etc., and roll it up to put in the special sweet and liquid sauce called “Nuoc Leo.” “Nuoc Leo” is generally made of ten different ingredients: vegetable oil, sugar, coconut water, fish sauce, vinegar, pig liver, cinnamon extract powder, etc. This liquid sauce is lovely for food lovers, thanks to its special taste and diversity of ingredients.
Nem Lui (Lemongrass skewers)
7. Spicy Snails
Snails dish in Hue is well-known all over Vietnam because it’s extremely spicy, so if you have a low tolerance for spicy food, please don’t try this. Snails are fresh, cleaned, and have a pleasant taste. Fish sauce is the soul of this food. The sauce is made with fish sauce, sugar, lime, chili, lemongrass, and ginger. All combined creates an unforgettable taste rich in texture, spicy enough to stimulate all of your senses. It will make your eyes and your mouth watery at the same time. It tastes too good that some people sip the whole bowl of the fish sauce alone.
8. Balut (Trung Vit Lon)
Honestly, many people are terrified when they know Balut is a fetus duck egg boiled and eaten in the shell. However, balut is a healthy food that provides nutrients enough for a whole full meal. In addition, even if you don’t eat it, the duck fetus could not be born anyway. Balut can be eaten anytime during the day. The way to eat in Hue is the seller will put the egg with shells in a small bowl, then when you take it, slightly knock and peel a little bit on the top and sip the water inside. When there’s less water, start eating. Remember to peel only till the part you eat. There’s salt lime pepper chili sauce on the side to dip.
Balut (Trung Vit Lon)
9. Banh Loc Tran
Food lovers tend to enjoy Banh Loc Tran with shrimp flavor the most, but it doesn’t mean that other flavors don’t taste good. Each filling has its own unique, special charisma. You can order green beans, peanuts, or mushrooms, while non-vegetarian can pick between pork or shrimp paste for vegetarians. In Hue, there’s a special way to make Banh Loc Tran. The chef will squeeze and mold fresh tapioca starch into small bites.
Prawns will be tail-cut, cleaned, and rimmed dry. Instead of boiling, the cake will be put into a bamboo rack to steam for 15 minutes. When the layer outside starts to turn from white to clear and see through the shrimp inside, you will know that it’s ready to eat. It’s better to eat when it’s still hot with fried onions and chili fish sauce. You will taste a soft chewy from the outside layer that blends in with the fresh, sweet shrimps.
Banh Loc Tran
10. Banh Khot
Banh Khot is the ideal mixture of a crunchy rice flour base and coconut water, filled with seasoned egg, shrimp, or squid, and finally sprinkled with spring onions and shrimp powder. Because Banh Khot uses a large amount of oil, it is commonly served with a side of fresh veggies like lettuce, basil, mint, etc., so customers can balance it.
You can wrap and dip the roll into the special fish sauce. Every ingredient compliments each other so well; you can enjoy every single bite with the crunchy texture outside, soft and moist inside, well-seasoning filling with a top-notch special sauce. Banh Khot is usually served on a plate of 6 pieces, you can mix different flavors in one plate to try everything.
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