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Hue eating guide

Introduction

| 27 Oct 2017
Last updated 27 Oct 2017

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Hue’s imperial past has bequeathed to the city a delicate cuisine utterly distinct from Vietnam’s other culinary offerings and unique in all of Asia. Set some time aside for culinary exploration here.

The most authentic options for local Hue specialities are to be found in the hole in the wall “quan” restaurants spread throughout the city. These may not feel like the most hygienic places to eat - but that’s where the real cuisine is best found.

A foray into Hue cuisine can leave many travellers feeling apprehensive. It tends to be highly refined making it difficult to know what it is you’re eating simply by looking at it and tasting it. Don't hesitate to ask. You'll find most flavours are as delectable as they are accessible.

The most famous of Hue’s specialties are Banh Khoai and Bun Bo Hue. Both of these dishes are now found throughout the country and are savoured by Vietnamese and foreigners alike.

We’ve made a list of some of our Hue favourites below -

Banh Khoai (aka Banh Xeo) - Probably the most famous of Hue dishes and found throughout Vietnam.  Banh khoai is a delicious Vietnamese pancake with minced pork, shrimp, bean sprouts and more.
Bun Bo Hue - A spicy beef soup
Banh Beo - Rice paste topped with dried shrimp, fish sauce, spring onion and more.
Cha Tom - A rice cake with shrimp
Chao Tom - Shrimp paste on sugar cane.
Goi mit - Jackfruit salad - an unusual and wonderfully tasty salad.

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Photo: Mark BowyerNem Lui, Hue

Hue’s tourist quarter around Pham Ngu Lao and Vo Thi Sau St hosts a plethora of similar restaurants all sporting voluminous menus covering everything from Hue specialties to pizza, pasta and hamburgers. Convenience means that this is where most travellers elect to spend their meal times.

Most of these restaurants will do an acceptable job on all of their offerings but the Vietnamese specialties are likely to be an adaptation from what the owners think foreigners like rather than Vietnamese cuisine as Vietnamese eat it. You’re not likely to see a Vietnamese person in these restaurants either -  except those serving you.

Make sure you don't spend every Hue mealtime in the traveller area. In our restaurant selection listed here, we've included our favourite local spots as well as some of the best restaurants of the traveller quarter.

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Bun bo Hue noodle soup

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Bun thit nuong, Hue

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Bun thit nuong, Hue
66 Bach Dang St, Hue

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Ba Do Restaurant, Hue

A favourite with locals needing a hit of Hue's unique cuisine. Very simple spot with tasty banh beo, cha tom, banh nam and other... Read more

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Ba Do Restaurant, Hue
7 Nguyen Binh Khiem St Hue - off Chi Lang St

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Hanh Restaurant

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Hanh Restaurant
11 Pho Duc Chinh St, Hue

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Huong Cau Restaurant

Another specialist in Hue's local dishes - banh beo, banh khoai, banh nam, nem lui - all the favourites. There’s a small garden... Read more

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Huong Cau Restaurant
4 Nguyen Binh Khiem also off Chi Lang St

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La Carambole

La Carambole plays to the colonial nostalgia theme with its French oriented menu and it seems to paper over some mediocre... Read more

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La Carambole
19 Pham Ngu Lao St, Hue

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Lac Thien Restaurant

Mr Lac has been feeding travellers to Hue since the early 1990s and he continues to please. His deafness is no obstacle to... Read more

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Lac Thien Restaurant
6 Dinh Tien Hoang St, Hue, Vietnam

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Les Jardins De La Carambole, Hue

Les Jardins De La Carambole may be Hue's most visually impressive restaurant - set in a recreation French colonial villa not far... Read more

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Les Jardins De La Carambole, Hue
32 Dang Tran Con St, Hue

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Lien Hoa Vegetarian Restaurant, Hue

Popular with the locals and visitors, Com Chay Lien Hoa is a dependable stop for vegetarians. It’s delicious whether you’re... Read more

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Lien Hoa Vegetarian Restaurant, Hue
3 Le Quy Don St, Hue

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Mandarin Restaurant, Hue

Mandarin is a Hue institution. The owner Mr Cu opened in the mid nineties when travellers started trickling through Hue. He's a... Read more

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Mandarin Restaurant, Hue
24 Tran Cao Van st. Hue city, Vietnam

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Ngoi Do Restaurant

In a pleasant garden setting, this place is a favourite with a great menu of Vietnamese dishes including some Hue specialties.... Read more

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Ngoi Do Restaurant
10/7 Nguyen Cong Tru St, Hue

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Nook Cafe, Hue

Airy cafe hidden down a lane in Hue’s original backpacker district. Good spot for cafe classics - breakfast, burgers, juices and... Read more

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Nook Cafe, Hue
Kiet 34 Nguyen Tri Phuong St, Hue

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Y Thao Garden

Hue cuisine from set menus in a stunning garden setting. This is a beautiful place but the service and food are less impressive. Read more

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Y Thao Garden
3 Rue Thach Han, Hue City

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