Banh Beo Hue

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.

A meal of Banh Beo Hue.

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.

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    • Ah fantastic! I’m pleased to be able to offer a little insider information. Hue has some fantastic tailors, so if you’re keen and able, get some clothes made while you’re there. Even if you’re only passing through they can arrange shipping of your garments to your home country easily. Also, there’s an amazing new attraction near Hue called Ba Na Hills. A resort is being developed on top of a bush-covered mountain range, which you get to by gondola. It’s a lovely trip up. Anyway, enjoy your trip!

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