Central Vietnam has the most exciting and delectable dishes I have tried in the country. It is undeniable that each of the ancient cities in Central Vietnam have their own charm. Hoi An has its old trading port town, Danang has its beautiful beaches and uniquely designed man-made attractions while the imperial city of Hue has its majestic citadel and tombs. But these are not the only reason why local and foreign travelers come and visit Hue, it is also because of its local dishes. One of which is the crowd favorite, banh beo: a must try in Hue Street Food Tour.
Hue is dubbed as “belly of Vietnam”. This is because geographically, the city is situated in the central area of the country and all the more the reason to name it as the belly of the country is that this is where all the best local food are found. That’s no surprise though as according to Vietnam’s history, the city served Vietnam’s last royal dynasty – the Nguyen dynasty.
The Nguyen dynasty lasted for 143 years before the last emperor abdicated the throne that paved way to a new era of government for the whole country. During the reign of the Nguyen emperors, it is believed that talented and skillful people from different parts of Vietnam were summoned to serve them. This is why the culinary arts of the city improved drastically. It was very important the royal family and their high ranking officials to have the best meal and snacks all the time.
Through the years, the locals copied and perfected these royal dishes but using inexpensive and readily available ingredients. Some of which are now being served on the streets and they are still the fancier version of these dishes that are being served in best restaurants in Hue. That being said, it would be great to add on your Things To Do in Hue list to get on a Hue Street Food Tour.
Hue Street Food Tour takes tourists to best places in Hue that cannot be found on the internet yet, these places definitely deserve 5 star reviews. Hue Street Food Tour is also the best way to explore the city, its history and culture. There would be several dishes and snacks that you can try while on the tour, normal tour would let you try as much as 8 dishes. But the crowd’s favorite is the rice cake known locally as Banh beo.
Banh Beo is made of a mixture of rice and tapioca flour that makes it chewy. Dried shrimp and crunchy pork rinds on the top. Banh Beo is served in small dishes with fish sauce on the side. Mostly, locals considers Banh Beo as a snack but it can be served as lunch or dinner as well. You simply have to eat a little more than usual, which is not actually a bad idea at all as Banh Beo is one of the great tasting dishes to both locals and foreigners. Once you get started, you might actually not notice how high your stack of small dishes is.
It would be a shame if you leave the imperial city of Hue without getting on a Hue Street Food tour either walking or by cyclo. Trying out the ridiculously delicious small dishes of Banh Beo is a must try in Hue Street Food Tour. There are also several other dishes you can try during the tour like Bun Bo Hue, Bun Thit Nuong, Nem Lui, Banh Khoai, Banh Loc, Banh Nam, Banh Uot and local favorite dessert, Che.