Hue is a place renown for its food. Once home to kings, it has a refined palette. The delicate, almost jelly like texture and subtle savoury flavours of one of the region’s most famous dishes, Banh Beo Hue are delicious.
Pictured here is a mini banquet of Banh Beo Hue. In the middle, the rectangle rice cake (Banh Bot Loc) features tiny shrimp are encased in rice flour, which has been steamed in banana leaves. The tiny rice cakes in the bowls (Banh Beo) are plain, but topped with spring onions shrimp croutons. The combination of melty and crunchy textures in this dish is very ‘moorish’. A green bean centre hides in the round rice cake (Banh It Tran), which is topped with a delicate dusting of dried onion flakes. All are accompanied by zingy fresh chillies and Nuoc Mam dipping sauce.
Many restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City specialise in Banh Beo Hue. This one takes particular care with the presentation of its dishes, making it a feast for the eyes as much as the belly. It’s called Quan Hue located on Truong Cong Dinh Street (Bau Cat area) in Tan Binh District.