What makes me most attached to Hue, apart from the people, is the rich and delicate dishes. Did anyone read last night about the roasted pork sweet dessert and drooling?
““Each finest flour pellet wraps tightly around a piece of dry and crunchy pork inside. The meat taste is a bit salty and rich, but tender, combined with the sweet, and delicious smell of pandan leaf sugar syrup, creating a unique and different trait, as well as how Hue people pop up among the people from everywhere we met in Saigon, with a charm-like voice, with respectful dignity, with depth and kindness, or with what I cannot explain.”
That’s it, the next day in Hue I also went to look for a sweet dessert shop. This time the destination was ALLEY SWEET DESSERT (CHÈ HẺM) at 01, Alley 29, Hung Vuong, Hue. This long-standing famous sweet dessert shop is crowded with customers every night.
And yet, please continue reading in each picture below!
Tan – a small cafe at 14 Pham Hong Thai Street is a cute address, which is very normal, very Hue.
The menu is simple, but the amberella juice is so delicious.
Coming here, in addition to being immersed in the old, rustic, poetic atmosphere of Hue, I also had the chance to watch the young people of Hue – in my opinion, they have great dignity. Why? They have the standards of the ancient capital and the dynamism and youthfulness of modern society. A mixture with a fair proportion that is rare among young people in other cities.
To be with my Hue friend, what did I learn? It is … if you find yourself not charming enough, befriend a Hue girl. Indeed, their charm lies in genes already.
The best steamed rice cake (bánh bèo) shop in the solar system
The shrimps which were simmered to make the filling of clear shrimp and pork dumplings (bánh lọc) have appealing bright red color!
The seller wrapped each cake very tenderly, slowly. How lovely!
Steamed rice cake (bánh bèo) here was great. The dough has a firm texture, not too soft, and was full of rice fragrance. The golden-brown shrimp, crispy pork skin, and crispy fried onions helped to add color and flavor to the dish. When steamed rice cakes are served with sweet and sour fish sauce, I can eat the whole tray by myself if I don’t eat any other thing!
At Dong Ba market in the afternoon at around 4 o’clock, there were lots of street food stores among which the store of grilled pork patty served with rice noodle (bún thịt nướng) and grilled lemongrass skewer (nem lụi) full of savory aroma.
Hue grilled lemongrass skewers (nem lụi Huế) were of excellent quality! The skewers were not too salty, not too sweet, and wrapped with raw vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, cucumber, basil, green papaya. Aromatic basil can make you miss! The sauce of this dish was also special, it is the fish sauce or the broth dipping sauce with dark brown color, slightly thick, made from liver, peanuts, and sesame.
Roll grilled lemongrass skewers with raw vegetables and rice paper like this, dip in Hue broth dipping sauce, oh well, I could say…so amazingly delicious!
Grilled pork served with rice noodle (bún thịt nướng) in Hue is also served with a broth like dipping sauce of rolled grilled lemongrass skewers, creating a very special flavor.
Another friend of mine took my mother and me into Dong Ba market to eat fish sauce noodle (bún mắm nêm). I used to eat that dish at Hue restaurants in Saigon, but after enjoying it in Hue, I had to say Hue food was always so delicate in the way of combining ingredients and presentation that people of other areas find it difficult to imitate. The reason was that this subtlety was absorbed in every Hue people and then poured out. Take this fish sauce noodle dish for example. It only had vermicelli, beef, spring rolls, vegetables, fish sauce but the taste was fantastic!
Thanh sweet dessert (Chè Thanh) at 78 Mai Thuc Loan street is very delicious! The seller opens her shop in the afternoon time.
This is the strange roasted pork in finest flour pellet sweet dessert (chè bột lọc heo quay) in Hue that everyone must try. I don’t really like this dish but I felt excited about it. Each finest flour pellet wraps tightly around a piece of dry and crunchy pork inside. The meat taste is a bit salty and rich, but the tender, combined with the sweet, and delicious smell of pandan leaf sugar syrup, creating a unique and different trait, as well as how the Hue people pop up among the people from everywhere we met in Saigon, with a charm-like voice, with respectful dignity, with depth and kindness, or with what I cannot explain.
This sweet dessert shop is located in front of a shop selling “hardware products” hihi.
ALLEY SWEET DESSERT (CHÈ HẺM) is in a small alley leading to a busy street.
My mother and I sat right by the kitchen door. A small old woman, with her back slightly drooping, but very agile, was walking around hurriedly and asked what we would like to eat.
In the evening, at about 7:30, the shop was very crowded and the sweet desserts were gradually sold out, there were not so many types left for us to choose.
I ordered 1 glass of sticky rice balls in ginger syrup (chè trôi nước) for myself and 1 glass of mixed sweet dessert (chè thập cẩm) for my mother. Oh, Hue sticky rice balls dessert has small rice balls, with cool and slightly sweet bean filling, and syrup with fragrant grapefruit flowers, which can make you remember forever after one try. Mixed sweet dessert with various types of beans is sticky, sweet, and fragrant.
I felt it was so delicious, so I ordered one more glass of fruit sweet dessert (chè trái cây). Similar to cocktail sweet dessert (chè cốc tai) in the South, but the sweet dessert is cooked for a longer time, so the taste of the fruits blends to create a harmonious whole.
On the way from Alley Sweet Dessert store to the hotel, I saw a woman sitting on the corner selling baluts but the vendor looked a bit strange, so I stopped to order a balut to try. Baluts were served with papaya and carrots soaked in ginger, so it warmed the stomach.
In Western Town, there was a cute cafe. I saw that the cafe was decorated with sedge rattan products, so I told my friends to come over there to have some drinks. Luckily, that evening there was a live music band and the guests could also register to sing. So much fun!
The Western Town in Hue was not as beautiful as the Western Town in Ha Noi, but it was crowded, thus many youths were coming there to chill.
In Dam Chuon, there were many huts connected with the coast by temporary bridges. In the afternoon, local people often ride motorbikes from the center to there to eat seafood. The restaurant I came to was Dam Chuon An Phu. The seafood was fresh, and there were some strange ways of processing, but the taste did not suit my taste. For example, this dish was clam with garlic (trìa xóc tỏi). “Trìa” in Hue language is the clam. The clams were stir-fried with garlic and lots of chili sauce. Um … maybe chili sauce was the spice that made me feel unappetizing. But it’s okay, I came here mainly to go sightseeing and enjoy the fresh air.
This was the strangest dish in the menu but probably only available in Dam Chuon. It was crispy fish pancake (bánh khoái cá biển). The most popular was crispy aigo fish pancake (bánh khoái cá kình), but the day I came there was no aigo fish left, the staff suggested us to have crispy golden rabbitfish pancake (bánh khoái cá dìa) instead. Crispy pancake (bánh khoái) is sizzling cake (bánh xèo) but has a thick and crispy crust, often filled with shrimp and meat. Only in Dam Chuon, crispy pancake was combined with sea fish. To be honest, the fish was fat, firm, very delicious, but when served with crispy pancake, I found it was unrelated hihi.
This is grilled oyster with green onion! Here people only add a little salt to the onions, but they do not serve grilled oysters with a sweet and sour sauce like the South.
There are only small crabs – around 300gr each. The crab’s meat was firm and extremely delicious. The price was good. But I think you should eat steamed crabs to avoid the cases their cooking style will not suit your taste!