The best way to get to the heart of Hue’s tremendous food culture is to take to the streets. Vietnam’s former imperial capital fostered an elegant array of dishes that continue to be the pride of its people. As Hue people say, you can get Hue cuisine elsewhere in Vietnam, but it never tastes quite the same as it does here.
There’s something about the weather, the greenery and the history all around that makes eating in Huế a pleasure. Light and lovely steamed bites are even more exquisite when enjoyed in Hue's poetic gardens and countryside. If you’re ready to go beyond "Bun Bo Hue", then read on for a primer on Huế’s culinary backstory, plus seven irresistible local specialties to hunt down here.