Vietnamese Food, Hue

Updated: Jan 21

Each city in Vietnam usually has a famous delicious dish or two, and a local beer. Here are some dishes to try when visiting the Hue, Vietnam! Also, almost all restaurants in Vietnam will have free wifi, just ask or look for a sign on the wall.

Imperial city, Hue

Hue, Vietnam

The dish of the former capital of Vietnam is called bún bò huế or bún bò. Bún is vermicelli(white rice noodle), bò means beef and Huế is of course the city the dish is named after. Bún bò huế is amazing, imagine phở but spicy with an added depth of savoury and salty flavor due to a condiment called Chao (femented bean paste mix with chopped peppers, soy sauce and black pepper). We want to return to Huế just to be able to eat this dish one more time, it is that good!

Also, try the banh khoai (huế pancake.) This dish is a crispy crunchy turmeric pancake that is combined with fresh veggies and figs, and topped with nuoc leo (rich peanut sauce dressing with liver.) The pancake is best likened to a fried puffy taco, slightly oily, and very crunchy. Both bún bò huế and bahn khoai are considered imperial dishes because they were made for the royals of that time.

Also, don't forget the local beer! Huế's local beer is called Huda. Huda is a very light, refreshing and crisp beer that is perfect with a bowl of bún bò huế on a hot afternoon.

Complimentary breakfast at our hotel! The fried eggs were so delicious!

Bahn khoai and bún bò huế!

Local Huda beer

Where to find bún bò huế?

We highly recommend visiting family run Lac Thien in Huế, Vietnam. The pictures seen above are from Lac Thien and their prices are affordable. Not to mention the Huda beer at this restaurant is a steal at 15k Vietnamese dong (it's the bigger 16oz bottle!) The owner is so nice and loves to talk to her guests.

Before we left she gave us a beer bottle opener (piece of wood with a nut and bolt in the end, really cool) and told us to definitely come back!

Lac Thien

Address: 6 Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Phú Hoà, Thành phố Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế, Vietnam

Open Monday - Sunday 10:00AM - 09:30PM

Behind the pancake making scenes
Behind the pancake making scenes
Aunty in the pink is the owner and very nice!
Aunty in the pink is the owner and very nice!

We also tried Bún Bò Huế (the name of the restaurant) in Hue, Vietnam.

Menu at Bún Bò Huế restaurant

The restaurant is named after it's namesake. This soup wasn't as spicy and flavorful as the bowl we had at Lac Thien but it was still tasty. For 30k a bowl what is there to complain about. Other items are their menu are bún giò (spring rolls on top of vermicelli salad), bún bò giò (beef and pork knuckle soup), bún đặc biệt (Vietnamese Vermicelli Noodle Bowl).

Bún Bò Huế at Bún Bò Huế Restaurant

Also check out Dong Ba Market in Hue where there are a variety of food vendors as well as traditional Vietnamese crafts. Dong Ba Market is located at 2 Trần Hưng Đạo, Phú Hoà, Thành phố Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế, north of the Perfume River.

We will be back to try the "famous" KIM CHÂU bún bò huế soup stall in Dong Ba Market!

Food that can be found at the market in Hue
Food that can be found at the market in Hue

Food that can be found at the market in Hue
Hue specialties

Other restaurants to check out in Hue, Vietnam!

Madame Thu Taste of Hue Restaurant for traditional vietnamese food.

45 Vo Thi Sau Street, Hue 530000, Vietnam

Monday - Sunday 08:00AM - 11:00PM

This restaurant has different sets to chose from. We found it to be a little bit pricey for the amount of food you receive. But, overall it was a delicious snack. There is also complimentary tea.

One of the dishes we tried at Madame Thu
One of the dishes we tried at Madame Thu

If you are missing pizza, or just love pizza, there is a good pizza restaurant we found in Hue. Also try their potato dumplings!

Zucca Restaurant

3 Đội Cung, Phú Hội, Thành phố Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế, Vietnam

Monday - Sunday 11:00AM - 10:00PM

Go for happy hour to get a free glass of wine with your pizza! The beer here is also affordable, grab a glass or two!

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