Indulge in a culinary adventure at Silk Path Grand Hue Hotel & Spa, showcasing must-try dishes that capture the essence of Hue’s vibrant food scene.
Hue Beef Noodle Soup Shabu Shabu: A Twist on the Iconic Food in Hue
If you’re a Japanese food enthusiast, experiencing the Shabu Shabu hot pot is a must. Its unique taste, infused with the essence of the cherry blossom nation, creates an unforgettable culinary experience.
At Silk Path Grand Hue Hotel, we’ve melded traditional Hue beef noodle soup with Shabu Shabu, creating our ‘one of a kind’ Silk Path Shabu Shabu Beef Noodle Soup. Three standout features define this culinary delight:
- Broth in a hot pot: Our secret Hue recipe, paired with on-site boiling, ensures immediate enjoyment with warmth and freshness.
- Royal crab balls: Instead of traditional beef balls, crab cakes are used to enhance the flavor of the broth. A plus point for Shabu Shabu crab cake is that even if it is forgotten in the boiling broth, this ball will not be friable, but on the contrary, the longer it is dipped in the broth, the richer it will be.
- Premium beef: Hand-cut, lean meat fibers expertly blended with pork shank, spices, and rice noodles for an exquisite dining experience.
Clam rice & Clam noodles: A rustic specialty food in Hue
Hue’s iconic Clam Rice and Clam Noodles, are enjoyed by locals from breakfast to dinner, embody the city’s culinary spirit. A trip to Hue will not be completed without eating Clam rice or Clam noodles. Originating from Con Hen, locals once sustained themselves by hunting clams and enjoying them with cold rice and spices that they could gather. Later on, this dish was stylized and modified into a dish served with rice noodles, from which it spread throughout Con Hen and Hue because of the deliciousness of a dish from the working class but embodied the true Hue spirit.
This rustic rice dish has all the qualities of Hue people such as meticulousness, sophistication, and talent. Whenever your travel should bring you to Silk Path Grand Hue, don’t forget to enjoy the sweet and spicy taste of this special rice – noodle dish.
Purgatory Rice: The distinctive food in Hue which was served to the King of Nguyen Dynasty
Crafted from simple, readily available ingredients like white rice, grilled meat, duck eggs, spring rolls, cucumbers, fresh shrimp, and herbs, purgatory rice emerged as a nourishing dish for nocturnal laborers during the “yin” hours – the origin of the name purgatory rice.
This dish, with its distinctive name, finds a modern interpretation at Nam Phuong restaurant in Silk Path Grand Hue Hotel. Here, the renowned delicacy takes on a creative twist, featuring eye-catching blue rice dyed with petals from the hotel’s own butterfly pea flowers. Complemented by skillfully seasoned side dishes, a plate of purgatory rice at Nam Phuong Restaurant promises a delightful and visually appealing culinary experience.
Banh xeo ‘sizzling’ cake: A local food in Hue
Banh Xeo, the sizzling cake, holds a special place among the famous local dishes of Hue. Though sharing similarities with the Southern ‘Banh Xeo,’ the Hue version boasts a distinct taste. On a chilly day, what is more delightful than savouring the a freshly-fried piece of Banh Xeo while observing the streets drenched in rain?
The preparation of the sizzling cake is meticulous: as the oil simmers, the chef swiftly pours a thin layer of dough onto the mold. Once golden, shrimp, meat, and bean sprouts are added to one side, and the remaining cake is flipped upside down into a semicircle to avoid scorching. At Silk Path, the chef elevates this recipe by incorporating crab sticks, imparting a sweeter taste and reducing the greasiness of the fried food.
The dipping sauce, fragrant with a sesame base, crushed roasted peanuts, soy sauce, and minced pork liver, adds a flavorful touch. Served with fresh vegetables, herbs, and fresh star fruit, acrid bananas, and thinly sliced figs, the taste is truly unforgettable.
Mixed bean sweet soup: A popular dessert in Hue
Besides sophisticated and luxurious royal banquets, the ancient capital is also renowned for delicate desserts, especially Hue sweet soups. Mixed bean sweet soup has a very unique flavor: the fleshy taste of the shiny boiled beans, which melts in the mouth – Combined with the fatty taste of coconut milk and blended in the faint aroma of pandan leaves, it seduces people, makes them craving for more after the first bowl.
Silk Path’s bean sweet soup is further enhanced with fruit jellies boasting natural colors like butterfly pea jelly, mango jelly, and ‘khuc bach’ – Vietnamese-style panna cotta, alleviating any ‘fatigue’ from the mixed ingredients.
As we conclude our culinary journey at Silk Path Grand Hue Hotel & Spa, it’s clear that each dish reflects the meticulous craft and rich heritage of Hue. From iconic local specialties to creative innovations, the diverse flavors make this hotel a true gastronomic destination. Whether it’s the unique Purgatory Rice, royal Clam Rice & Noodles, or the innovative twists in every dish, Silk Path Grand Hue offers more than just flavors – it’s an immersive experience in the heart of Vietnam’s culinary treasure.