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If you love Vietnamese Food, you will definitely love Hue food, an royal land. You will be surprised by not only how delicious they are but also their cheap price. With 1 USD, you can get a full meal. Taking a food tour around Hue will fulfill your stomach and your soul as well. Let’s come to Hue and enjoy Hue food like a local.


  1. Bun Bo Hue

Very popular dish when it comes to Hue food. Considered the best soup in the world by chef Anthony Bourdain, Bun Bo Hue in Hue has a different flavor than any other kinds of noodles in the world. A perfect bowl of Bun Bo Hue includes fresh rice noodles with the unique broth which makes the dish famous. You can choose your own favorite toppings from a big pot of juicy big shanks, lean beef, dotted with cubes of pig blood, crab balls, then serve with some chili, veggies and leafy greens. 

Price: 15,000 VND – 30,000 VND

Where to eat Bun Bo Hue: 

– Bun Bo Loan – 160B Phan Chu Trinh

– Bun bo O Cuong – Chu Diep – 6 Trần Thúc Nhẫn

Bun Bo Ba Nga – 105 Xuân 68

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  1. Com Hen / Bun Hen:

When it comes to Hue food, every Vietnamese will come up in their mind with the dish, because this dish is simple, cheap but delicious and can be found everywhere from small shops in the market, vendors on the streets to luxurious restaurants around the city. The dish is full of mussel as the main ingredient and various toppings such as fried diced pork, fish sauce, raw vegetables, banana flower, bean sprouts, white taro body shredded, peanut roasted, etc. The mix brings a typically bold and spicy flavor of Hue. They also serve these ingredients with noodles, gruels, and soups.

Price: 8,000 VND – 20,000 VND

Where to eat: 

– Quan Nho – 28 Phạm Hồng Thái

– Com Hen Ba Cam – 2 Trương Định

– Ty Hon – 3 Hàn Mặc Tử

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  1. Khoai Cake

The cake is the special fried cake of Hue ancient capital. It is like “banh xeo” in Southern Vietnam but different in shape. Banh khoai has a round cake, filling with cooked shrimp, rolls, eggs, and pork. When the fried cake is finished, it has a golden color, folded in half on a plate. Guests are served with lettuce, herbs, bean sprouts, star fruit. Take a bite and you can feel the crispy crackers melt in the mouth. Visitors can feel at the same time the fat, sweet, fleshy, sour flavor from this crispy dish. Especially, you can dip the cake into a special sauce, to get a fully typical Hue Food.

Price: 20,000 VND – 50,000 VND

Where to eat:

– Banh Khoai Hong Mai: 110 Đinh Tiên Hoàng 

– Banh Khoai Lac Thien: 6 Đinh Tiên Hoàng 

– Hanh Restaurant: 11 Phó Đức Chính 


  1. Nem Lui 

Along with the main ingredients are “nem lui” (ground beef and pork grilled on charcoal stove), the deliciousness of this dish is in the side vegetables such as herbs, starfruit, prunes, sliced green bananas, and the sauce mixed from dozens of different ingredients like pig liver, oil, buttermilk, sugar, soy sauce, fish sauce, cinnamon, coconut, etc. When eating, you wrap the “nem lui” in a thin rice paper and add some fresh greens, rolling it up and then dip in peanut sesame sauce. And there you go!

Price: 20,000 VND – 50, 000 VND 

Where to eat:

– Tai Phu – 2 Điện Biên Phủ

– Hanh Restaurant: 11 Phó Đức Chính

– Ba Ty Nem Lui: 81 Đào Duy Từ

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  1. Banh Beo, Banh Loc, Banh Nam, Banh Ram It

Banh Beo, Banh Nam, and Banh Loc are the 3 most typical cake of Hue and they are all made from rice flour. Banh Beo has a small shape like Japanese duckweed, filling with prawn and served with sweet fish sauce. The ingredients of the banh loc, banh nam is also similar to the banh beo, but it is wrapped with banana leaves before steaming. Banh ram it is a triple-layered circular stack of varying textures with a crispy, deep-fried rice cracker, a rice dumpling stuffed with pork and shrimp in the middle and topped with scallions and minced shrimp. You should try all 4 these types to see their difference in flavor.

Price: 10,000 VND – 30,000 VND for each dish of one type.

Where to eat:

– Hang Me: 45 Võ Thị Sáu 

– Ba Do: 8 Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm

– Bà Cư: 47 Nguyễn Huệ


  1. Banh Canh

It can be said that Banh Canh is a famous soup in the Central region, but the taste is not the same. In each province, this dish is slightly changed to suit people’s tastes or based on the available ingredients of that land. The Banh Canh in Hue is also bearing the characteristic flavor of red broth from crab and shrimp. When it comes to Banh Canh in Hue, people often mention the soup of Nam Pho and of Ba Doi.

Price: 10,000 VND- 30,000VND

Where to eat:

– Nam Pho: 54 Nguyễn Công Trứ

– Banh Canh Cua: 37 Phạm Hồng Thái

– Banh Canh Bà Đợi: 8/75 Nguyễn Trãi or 27A/20 Ngô Gia Tự


  1. Banh Ep, Banh Trang Trung

These are the two types of cakes that if you are not a local, you are unlikely to know about. Banh Ep and Banh Trang Trung are light food which is often eaten by young people. While Banh ep is sticky, made of flour, Banh trang trung is made from grilled rice paper and both are topped with eggs, pate, meat and other colorful toppings. You will seat in quite a small shop, maybe surrounding the sellers. Then you can order one by one. You can see how the make and grill them, or even smell and hear the funny sound when they made Banh Ep. 

Price: 1,000 VND – 15,000 VND

Where to eat:

– 20 Nguyễn Du

– Bánh ép Gia Di – 101 Bà Triệu

– Bánh ép chị Huệ – 116 Lê Ngô Cát

The only way to get the authentic Hue Food is getting into small vendors in Dong Ba Market, or where locals usually come as mentioned, and have your stomach fulfilled.



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