Com Hen (Clam rice)
Com Hen is a very unique cuisine of Hue. Com Hen contains rice, boiled mussel, star fruit, fish sauce, onion, pepper, peanut, chili, and a variety of herbs. All the ingredients come to the table are cold in a bowl, but then when people eat Com Hen, they slowly add boiled mussel broth with chili sauce into the bowl. A delicious bowl of Com hen cannot be eaten without chili’s as this is what makes the dish so delicious.
Bun Bo Hue
Hue Cuisine is famous for the careful presentation of each dish. They love to create beautiful looking dishes, and Bun Bo is no exception. The“bun bo” bowl seems like a meager but elegant sweet broth with a few slices of red chilli and lemongrass. A few Pieces of pork mixed with beef are added to create a delicious dish. The flavor is felt not only by the taste or sight, but also by the smell. In addition, it’s traditional for guests visiting a Hue home to enjoy “bun bo Hue” with banana flower and white basil. This is one of those special dishes that people always associate with Hue.
The delicious Banh beo packs a punch in the flavor department thanks not only to the shrimp, but especially because of the sauce. Nuoc mam is mixed with oil, sugar, garlic, chilli and shrimp which create a unique flavor. It is great when using it with spicy sauce. The sweetness of shrimp mixed with the flavor of garlic, chilli… makes an unforgettable impression.
Bun Thit Nuong
This food is totally different than the “Bún Chả Nướng” from Hanoi. It is a mixture of rice vermicelli, grilled pork, fresh vegetables and other special ingredients. Bun thit nuong has no broth, but a sauce made with ground peanuts. The pork is mixed with some ingredients to make it tastier and then grilled over a fire. A bowl of bun thit nuong includes rice vermicelli in the bottom, some pieces of grilled pork over the top, mixed with different kinds of fresh vegetables around and topped off with a delicious sauce. When eating, you should add a little chili sauce and lemon squash then mix all of them together to enjoy the special flavor of the dish. Bun thit nuong has become a very popular street food in Saigon.
Banh khoai is like Banh xeo since they both are made from rice flour, water, turmeric powder, added slivers of fatty pork, shrimp, bean sprouts and then pan fried. Banh khoai and Banh xeo also are wrapped in mustard leaf, lettuce leaves or rice paper, and stuffed with variety of herbs, like mint leaves, basil and served with a sweet and sour sauce. Banh khoai always goes with a fermented soy bean sauce, and people consider it a winter food owing to its greasiness and the spicy taste of the sauce.
These are all very tasty treats and well worth the time and effort to enjoy them. I think you will be very happy when you eat any of these delicious treats and they will make your experience in Vietnam all the better.