Hue is a located in Central Vietnam and was the capital of the country during the reign of Nguyen Dynasty. The Nguyen Lord Gia Long saw the city as both beautiful and strategic place to build a palace. He started building the Hue Citadel right next to the Perfume River. The river serves the city well. It never dried up, making it hard for the Cham to subdue it. Also, it provides food to the residents even to this day, like fishes and abundance of baby clams.
Hue became famous to the world not only because of it’s UNESCO heritage sites but also the local cuisine. One of the crowd favorite is the baby clams. Aside from the well-known com hen or baby clams rice popularized by Anthony Bourdain, the city has another mouthwatering baby clam dish, the baby clams with rice crackers.
Below is a simplified Hue Baby Clams with Rice Crackers recipe or locally known as Hen Tron Banh Trang.
500 grams baby clams
3 Tbsp crushed roasted peanuts
2 green scallions
1 bulb of garlic
2 red chilis
3 Tbsp cooking oil
2 tsp fish sauce
1 Tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp black pepper
1. Wash the clams. Using a strainer drain the clams until all excess water is discarded. Set aside.
2. Wash all the greens. Chop Thai basil and Vietnamese coriander. Cut the green scallions into small pieces.
3. Mince the onion, garlic and chilis.
4. Use a hand food chopper to crush the peanuts. Alternatively, place peanuts in a small resealable plastic bag and crush using a rolling pin or meat mallet.
5. Heat the pan over Medium heat. When the pan is hot, put the oil. Add minced onion, garlic and chilis and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes. Add baby clams and stir-fry for 2 minutes and season it with salt, pepper, oyster and fish sauce.
6. Add the Thai basil, Vietnamese coriander and scallions. Mix well. Set aside.
7. Top it with crushed peanuts.
Hue Baby Clams with Rice Crackers is usually being served in the late afternoon or in the evening. Book your Hue food tour now and let us know if you want to try out this delicious dish.