Banh mi in Hue - review by Rusty Compass
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Banh mi in Hue

| 16 Feb 2018
16 Feb 2018

Banh mi is as big in Hue as anywhere else in Vietnam. And as you’d expect from the city that’s home to some of Vietnam’s most distinctive cuisine, the people of Hue have added some special touches to the banh mi world too.

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If you’ve enjoyed Hue’s unique cuisine, we reckon you should check out banh mi bot loc - a uniquely Hue banh mi. It combines the Vietnamese baguette with one of the staples of Hue cuisine - banh bot loc. Banh bot loc is a chewy tapioca dumpling with shrimp inside.

I wouldn’t have picked banh mi and banh bot loc as a match made in heaven. But the good people of Hue have made it so.

You can get banh mi bot loc at a bunch of places around town. The ingredients seem to vary from place to place.

This may not be the most nutritious meal you’ll eat in Vietnam.

There are banh mi stands all across the city in addition to the places we list below. If you see a line of locals, you’ll probably find the banh mi worth a try.


Banh Mi banh bot loc Tran Quang Khai St, Hue

The best I had was on Tran Quang Khai St. This place is very popular and it seems to only open for 3 - 4 hours per day from around 3PM. The salty dried pork addition makes the difference.

Address: Tran Quang Khai St, Hue

The lady who makes it happen - Banh mi banh loc, Tran Quang Khai, Hue
Photo: Mark Bowyer The lady who makes it happen - Banh mi banh loc, Tran Quang Khai, Hue
Banh mi banh loc,Hue - fuel for the local constabulary
Photo: Mark Bowyer Banh mi banh loc,Hue - fuel for the local constabulary


Banh Mi Trang Tien Bridge, Hue

There's something wonderful Hue about a banh mi by the historic Trang Tien Bridge. This place is a Hue institution serving banh mi into the night. They have banh mi bot loc and a bunch of other options. It’s only open in the evenings.

Address: Eastern side of Trang Tien Bridge.

Banh mi Trang Tien, Hue
Photo: Mark Bowyer Banh mi Trang Tien, Hue
Banh mi Trang Tien, Hue
Photo: Mark Bowyer Banh mi Trang Tien, Hue

La Boulangerie Francaise, Hue

If you’re looking for a more conventional French-style baguette, La Boulangerie Francaise is worth a look. These guys have been around a long time and do a good job. It’s less friendly than the local banh mi stalls but the baguettes are tasty.

Address: 46 Nguyen Tri Phuong, Hue

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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