Huế was the capital of Vietnam until 1945 and is now a UNESCO heritage site. Even though Huế is rich in culture, it is often skipped by tourists who venture to Vietnam’s more popular cities like Hanoi and HCMC. To be honest, there’s not much to see besides the citadel which encompasses the Imperial City. I decided to stay in Huế for one day for 2 reasons: 1) It’s the culinary mecca of Vietnam and 2) I was taking the train South towards Hội An and Huế was on the way. You only need a day in Huế to see the citadel, if you’re a history buff, and to taste all the unique dishes of Huế. There are dishes in Huế that are said to be the most delicious in all of the country.
I naively thought Vietnamese food only consisted of pho. I kept hearing about Bun Bo Hue during my travels and how it’s the most delicious soup in all of Vietnam. You can find bun bo in other parts of Vietnam but none is said to taste better than the one in Huế. For the record, it is much tastier than pho in my opinion. The food in Central Vietnam is spicier than the North which is more preferable to my palate. I actually loved Huế because there wasn’t much to see in terms of sites so it relieved the pressure of having to run around the city.
It was the perfect 24 hours of pure foodie heaven. I’ve been to many foodie destinations in the world but Huế is my current favorite. I have never experienced a cuisine where all of my taste buds were in full awareness: Spicy, tart, sour, sweet, and salty with so many textures: soft, chewy, and crunchy. Visiting Huế really opened up my eyes to Vietnamese cuisine. A lot of historic shit went down in Huế but one great thing to come out of it is the epic food.
To Mieu Temple
Old citadel gate
Getting wonderfully lost in the citadel
Waiting for my com hen and bun hen
Bun hen – Baby clam with vermicelli rice noodles
Bun hen mixed and ready to eat
Exploring Dong Ba Market
Outdoor Dong Ba Market
Woman selling vegetables
Left: Bun bo hue | Right: Pineapples
Bánh bèo – small steamed rice pancake
Crisy banh khoai is a pan-fried crepe that is typically stuffed with shrimp and pork belly
Nem lui, pork meat moulded around sticks of lemongrass and grilled.
Nook a cute brunch spot
Modified version of eggs benedict
Exotic fruit yogurt parfait and green juice