Hue glutinous rice dumpling (Photo: internet)

Being well-known for their elegance, Hue locals show their special taste not only in dining, selecting ingredients, but also cooking style and food decoration. For Hue locals, every dish is an art works.

It can be said that Hue locals enjoy gastronomy with all their senses. Nguyen Tuan, a famous writer once said that Hue locals eat with their eyes. No matter what sense they use to absorb nutrition, they seem to enjoy rather than eat the dishes. This can be shown through little smooth pieces of bánh bèo (round-shaped steamed rice cake), “Bánh nậm” (flat rice flour stuffed dumpling wrapped in banana leaf), Nam Pho rice spagetti soup, corn sweet soup from Con Hen islet, etc. Regardless of rustic or luxurious dishes, one may never forget their special flavors. Thanks to meticulous hands of Hue women, Hue dishes were rich with spiritual values.

Hue is home to over 1000 Hue styled dishes including royal dishes served under Nguyen dynasty. The royal menu consists of over dozens of carefully prepared dishes. Besides, rustic dishes are very popular among Hue locals. There are up to hundreds of dishes made by Hue housewives who are not only meticulous, smart but also talented. Locals not only concern about decoration and quality rather than quantity. Visitors will never forget the elegant their flavor once taste Hue vegetarian dishes.


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