These 6 local Hue Food & Hue Street Food You must try

The land of Hue is known for the amazing scenery with a lot of ancient mausoleums and majestic palacesBesides that, coming to Hue, visitors will also fall deeply in love with its culinary culture.

Hue Local Cuisine is not only delicious, but it also contains the cultural identity of this millennial land with so little money you have to pay. If you wonder what to eat in Hue, look no further.

This list of 6 local Hue Food will leave you speechless. Don’t forget to save this list of Hue restaurants below to fully enjoy the beauty of Hue Cuisine!

Bún Bò Huế(Hue Signature Beef Noodle Soup) – Must-try Local Hue Food

bun bo hue must try local hue food

Bun Bo Hue is the first dish you should try when you visit Hue Ancient City. Why? Because it is the soul of Hue City!

This is absolutely a must-try dish when visiting Hue. A bowl of Hue Beef Rice Noodles with full topping will have thin slices of short loin or pork, pork cartilages, pork knuckles, congealed pork blood, Vietnamese crab balls, and scallions on top of the silky noodles in a thick broth.

In addition, this dish is also served with a wide range of Vietnamese herbs such as bean sprouts, mints, cilantro, shallots, lemongrass, and banana blossom. Depending on your taste, you can also add fresh chilies, chili sauce, fermented shrimp paste or lemon juice into your bowl.

Although you can find this at literally everywhere in Hue, our recommendations for you are:

Bánh Khoái (Hue  Royal  Pancake)banh khoai hue local food

Have you tried Banh Xeo Specialty in the South of Vietnam yet? Banh Khoai is said to be the petite version of Banh Xeo with a royal touch.

It has its original name “Banh Khoi” (khói means smoke) since it is being cooked on a wood stove. However, people miss-spell “khoi” into “khoai”, therefore it is currently called  “khoai” which means happy cake in English.

The base of Bánh Khoái is made of egg rice flour. Once it turns into golden color, the chef place some slices of pork, shrimp, egg, bean sprouts on top then fried until crispy.

It will be then served of green and fresh herbs like mint leaves, basil, and finished with a tasty peanut sesame sauce. Wonder where to get it?

In Hue City, there are 3 famous places to try this delicacy:

  • Banh Khoai Hanh
    No 11, Pho Duc Chinh Street, Hue City
    (about 20,000 VND – 50,000 VND/ dish).
  • Lac Thien Restaurant
    No 6, Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hue City
    (about 50,000 VND – 70,000 VND/ dish).
  • Banh Khoai Hong Mai
    No 110, Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hue City
    (about 10,000 VND – 25,000 VND/ dish).

Bún Thịt Nướng (Grilled pork noodle)

a bowl of bun thit nuong top hue dish to try

Our third Hue street food highly rates by locals is Bún Thịt Nướng. This is a cold rice noodle dish with well-marinated grilled pork chops topped with fresh herbs such as basil, cilantro, fresh salad and crispy peanut. You might have tried this dish in Saigon or Hanoi but in Hue’s version in our opinion is super special.

The distinguished sauce is made from pork liver, peanut and sesame that will make you speechless once you try it. Hue Grilled Pork Noodle is one of the royal cuisines from ancient times.

Come and try yourself to know why it is so special! You will notice that Vietnamese like to eat Bún Thịt Nướng in the afternoon thus, it should be easy for you to find it in every corners in Hue City.

Our suggested place to eat:

  • Ba Ty Nem Lui:
    No 81, Dao Duy Tu Street, Hue City
    (about 6,000 VND – 20,000 VND/dish).
  • Nem Lui Tai Phu :
    No 2, Dien Bien Phu Street, Hue City
    (about 20,000 VND – 60,000 VND/dish).
  • Nguyen Truong To Nem Lui:
    Opposite No 35, Nguyen Truong To Street, Hue City
    (about 8,000 VND – 10,000 VND/dish).

Nem lui (Grilled Pork Skewer with Lemon Grass)

local hue food called nem lui

You love spring rolls and want to do your own roll? This is a local Hue food for you! Nem lui is made from well-seasoned finely-ground pork and minced pork skin. This mixture will be then attached on a lemongrass stick and grilled over a coal stove.

When eating, Nem lui will be wrapped in a thin rice paper and fresh herbs added. Rolling it up and then dip in peanut sesame sauce will make a perfect flavor. If you have the opportunity to visit Hue, do not forget to enjoy this unique dish.

Also, learn how to make great Nem Lui here.

Where to eat

  • Ba Ty Nem Lui:
    No 81, Dao Duy Tu Street, Hue City
    (about 6,000 VND – 20,000 VND/dish).
  • Nem Lui Tai Phu :
    No 2, Dien Bien Phu Street, Hue City
    (about 20,000 VND – 60,000 VND/dish).
  • Nguyen Truong To Nem Lui:
    Opposite No 35, Nguyen Truong To Street, Hue City
    (about 8,000 VND – 10,000 VND/dish).

The Traditional Hue Banhs (Steam Cakes)

There is a fact that Hue is the region of steam cakes. They come with a set called Beo Nam Loc. Most of the steam cake restaurant will have all three and even more. However, in this post, we will only point out two most famous ones:

Banh Beo (water-fern cake)

a set of banh beo nam loc

It is a famous signature dish in Hue. Smooth, elegant and simple are exactly three adjectives to describe Banh Beo. You could find them everywhere in Hue, from the streets to the restaurants.

Banh Beo has the shape of a bloating fern with a smooth white base-which is made of rice flour. On top of it, there is the yellow color of fried sliced onions and cubes of fried pork skin, the orange color of shrimp, and the green color of scallion oil. Souse a little spicy fish sauce on top of the cake and you can taste the quintessence of Hue Cuisine.

Our highly rated street food restaurant to try this dish:

  • Banh Beo Di Thu:
    374 Chi Lang Street, Hue City
    (about 10,000 VND – 20,000 VND/dish).
  • Banh Beo Ba Cu:
    47 Nguyen Hue Street, Hue City
    (about 25,000 VND – 50,000 VND/ dish).
  • Tay Loc Market:
    209 Nguyen Trai Street, Hue City
    (about 5,000 VND – 30,000 VND/dish).

Banh Bot Loc

banh loc

While Banh Beo is having a round shape, Banh Nam is flat with minced pork added and Banh loc is cute sushi-shaped with a tasty filling. It is a combination of a small shrimp and lightly seasoned ground pork belly. The same as other Hue specialties, they also serve spicy fish sauce with this cake.

Furthermore, Banh loc are wrapped in la dong, also known as elephant ears leaves which adds a very enjoyable fragrance to the dish.

There are some famous local restaurants in Hue we would like to recommend as below:

Where to eat

  • The 109 Restaurant:
    109 Le Huan Street, Hue City
    (about 10,000 VND – 15,000 VND/dish).
  • Tay Loc Market:
    209 Nguyen Trai Street, Hue City
    (about 5,000 VND – 30,000 VND/dish).
  • Ba Do Beo-Nam-Loc:
    No 8, Nguyen Binh Khiem Street
    (about 10,000 VND – 50,000 VND/dish).

Bánh Mì

banh mi local hue food

A dish that everyone knows what it is! Don’t get me wrong! Hue Banh My is a treat for those who are short in cash but looking for super good dinner with vibrant ambiance with local people.

Go find yourself wander in front of Truong Tien Bridge, also known as Nguyen Dinh Chieu Night Market after 7 PM, you will notice there are some small stools with young people sitting around.

If you also look for fun activities in Hue at night, read more at 5 Street Hue Street Food Corners You Must Walk.

There are super cheap Banh My with a great variety of choices for you. Or simply walk over Truong Tien Bridge towards Dong Ba Market, look around to find Thao Bakery Mobile Cart. Try a mixed Banh My with Iced Peach Tea! We only show you the best places to have the best local food in Hue.

Hue Local Food Restaurant Map

We also make an simple map here for you to navigate yourself to find these local Hue Food restaurants. Save the map for your travel to Hue below:

Is there local Hue Food for vegetarian? 

For those you who looks for excellent vegan/ vegetarian in Hue, we got you covered! Check out our best recommendations for Hue vegetarian restaurant here.

It’s time to make a decision!

We promise you trying these 6 delicious local food in Hue, you will remember its authentic taste for life. As a local who loves and takes pride in Hue cuisine, we can’t wait for you to embark on an amazing food adventure with hundreds of artisan restaurants to choose from.

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Experience Hue Local Food once and we promise you’ll long for a return.


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