Xin Chao! (Hello in Vietnamese).
I'm so lucky to guide you around Hue for food.
The first one with the little bowls is 'Banh Beo’.
You can see some meats inside, minced shrimp and pork skin.
And, they have this local special sauce.
Firstly, we need to have spoon. And then, you just grab one and then you can pour the sauce.
How many of little bowls one person have each time?
They said Twenty or one tray like this (Surprised).
Alright and now I'm going to show you how to enjoy this kind of cake called 'Banh Nam’. The left one wrapped by the leafs.
Just put it on the plate. And, open it.
And now, you have this kind of sauce. You pour it on the top of it and start to enjoy.
Now, we move on to the third cake, which on the right side, ’Banh Bot Loc'.
I'll show you how to eat it.
We take the cake out. Just dip in the sauce. A little bit. And then, enjoy it.
Hue is a former capital of Vietnam that is associated with the cooking style of the former royal court.
Today, we'll try one famous menu.
For breakfast, one of the options for Hue people is 'Bun Bo Hue', apart from other choices "Bun Bo Hue' is still number one.
So, normally they have beef, meat balls, and noodles. It's rice noodles and it is totally different from 'Pho' (another famous menu).
Different shape and different taste as well. Pho (noodles) is bigger.
And we also have these noodles with vegetables here. Lemon.
So, you can put chilli and lime into the soup. It's really good!
One of the main parts of Hue Cuisine is vegetarian food, apart from royal cuisine an cuisine of the mass.
The food looks so nice! It's famous here in Hue.
The first one is dried meat in the clay pot. It looks pretty much like 'Risotto' (famous Italian rice menu).
But, it's all made with some vegetables and rice.
This second one looks like the same cake, 'Banh Beo’. But it's not. No meat!
The rice is not the white one, they use red rice instead.
Now the third one we also have hot-pot here, vegetarian hot-pot.
It looks like fish ball, but it's not. It's tofu and mushroom - straw mushroom.
Hue has been considered the center of Buddhism since ancient times.
A large number of Buddhists have been living and practicing buddhism. That's why vegetarian food is popular here.
So, we we now at Dam Chuon Village, one of very famous villages.
From Hue, it's about 7 kilometres. It's by the lagoon - Tam Giang.
And in this local village, they have this local food.
This is typical. We cannot see anywhere else that people doing this 'Banh Xeo Ca Kinh’ (Fried Pancake wih Fish).
So, normally it's fresh. Many people love to come. It's the whole fish, completely the whole fish.
People come and they normally use fingers and make the fish into small pieces and eat with vegetables. And then, with fish sauce.
The sauce is hot. Hue people get a lot of chilis. A lot of that.
So, let's taste! How do we eat it?
Chopsticks or by hands to open it...yeah!!
You look at the fish. There are some little bones, but not much.
And, I put into the fish sauce. A little salty. But it tastes very good because they don't put any sugar or whatever in the fish sauce.
This is 'Bun Hen' or 'Com Hen'. The local name that means Noodles with Mussels or Rice with Mussels and also rice porridge with mussels. These are very popular.
So, these are mussels, very little one.
These are small ones, but they also even have much smaller ones found here in Hue.
It comes from in river.
And there is also fried pork skin in it. Some vegetables and noodles.
It always comes with this.
You can put a little bit of this on. This is chilli and garlic. It's popular.
For Vietnamese people, we even do it like this. This is normally an option.
But, you could add it in later if you like it. And some fish sauce.
Make a taste. That's very nice!
You can feel the flavor of vegetables, rice flour, mixed with the smell of mussels. Quite a unique taste.
This is called 'Bun Thit Nuong’ in Vietnamese, which is Grilled Pork Noodles.
They have vegetables, noodles, pickles, and certainly, grilled pork, and especially, the pickles to make noodles here not boring with taste.
With peanut sauce. It looks so good.
Now, we try. We have to stir it, mix it up.
Well, this noodle tastes real good!
So, what we're gonna have now is dessert.
The local dessert. They call it 'Che' or 'Sweet Soup'.
They have different types of 'Che'. This one is a very special one.
In Vietnamese, it's called 'Bot Loc Boc Thit Quay' or 'Grilled Pork covered with Cassava Flour'.
These are all about different types of beans - green beans, red beans, and it's mixed with banana.
That is taro and Cassava, Bot Loc.
So, we have 'Banh Bot Loc' and we have 'Che Bot Loc'.
We will pick a little bit of everything.
Let's just try it!
It's quite special you have grilled pork inside, but it's dessert!
Wow! This is my first time trying grilled pork as a dessert. A very local menu indeed!
Trying some street food is one way to experience local lifestyle. So, let's travel like a local, not a tourist.
It’s a very special food journey.
Stay tuned for the next adventure to other Vietnam city.