Originally a royal dish, Bun Bo Hue, a street food dish in Hue has become the new ‘muse’ of the ancient capital’s cuisine. From then on until later, whenever people talk about the ancient Hue, they always mention it as the cradle, the source of the dish with its rich flavor and attractive aroma. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy.

Bun Bo Hue is loved for its eye-catching appearance and unforgettable taste. Therefore, the land of Hue attracts tourists not only to the beauty of the Perfume River, Ngu Mountain, … but also to the specialty noodle dish of the ancient capital.


Go back in time to find the origin of the famous Hue beef noodle soup

There are many stories related to the origin of this special dish. People often tell each other that in fact, Bun Bo Hue originated from the ancient Van Cu vermicelli village – which is still considered the ‘cradle’ of the famous and famous chewy vermicelli noodles. According to historical records, they mentioned Bun Bo Hue was a dish that appeared on the royal dining tables in the past and has since crept to every corner of the ancient capital.

However, in terms of reality, it can be seen that the land around the ancient capital has very few households raising cows, so it cannot be said that Bun Bo Hue is a dish of folk origin. Many people believe that Bun Bo Hue with a preference for beef can be traced back to the mandarins or the royal family of the Nguyen Dynasty. This is as an affirmation that Bun Bo Hue is actually a dish that “originated” from the royal menu and was once one of the dishes enjoyed by kings, queens, crown princes, princesses and royals. The mandarins of the Nguyen Dynasty loved and loved them very much.


Hue beef noodle soup – Encapsulate the rich flavor of the ancient capital in a small bowl of vermicelli

If you have a chance to meet local elders on your journey to Hue, you will hear them say, “For Hue people, vermicelli is part of a Hue-style lifestyle, being poor yet luxurious. , happy and full of joy, yet still full of sadness, on the outside is calm, but in the heart, there are waves, not looking at yourself in the mirror but looking at yourself in the eyes of your loved ones, friends, neighbors…” That said, enough to understand that those bowls of Bun Bo Hue have really become an indispensable piece on the culinary map of the period, the breath, the rhythm of life of the people in the dreamland Hue who have experienced many events, ups and downs, but always trying to preserve the quintessence of the nation that day.

According to the flow of time, the taste of Bun Bo Hue has more or less changed. However, the soul of the dish is the very Hue spices that are still there. This has really raised the bar of Hue beef noodle soup, turning this dish into a bright spot on the Hue specialty map with countless attractive dishes, helping to attract people back to the peaceful ancient capital.

Depending on the different chef, the bowl of Hue beef noodle soup will be served with a variety of ingredients. However, the broth of Bun Bo Hue must still be the type of water that is simmered from beef bones and beef for many hours. In addition, it is impossible not to mention the fish sauce, the spice that has made the delicious and attractive bowls of Bun Bo Hue served to diners from near and far.

A proper bowl of Bun Bo Hue must be the perfect combination of moderately spiced broth, spread over tough round vermicelli, put a few slices of thinly sliced ​​beef, and sprinkle with a little basil and chili. distillate and vinegar to bring an attractive red color to the bowl of vermicelli. Today, many shops also cleverly combine blood, pork feet, corn, ear rolls and even crab cakes to increase the attractiveness.

And then just like that, those seemingly small bowls of Bun Bo Hue really became an indispensable part of the ancient capital. Then, when talking about Hue, people have just mentioned the palaces, temples, pagodas and the poetic Perfume River that have gone into many pages of poetry, many songs that echo over the years and mention the whole world. The bowls of Bun Bo Hue are smoky with the scent of Hue’s very own. And then, after enjoying a full bowl of vermicelli, everyone kept whispering because of the characteristic pungent taste of the chili jars, but they couldn’t let go of their chopsticks. There seems to be some invisible attraction that urges people to eat one more chopstick and then another chopstick full of vermicelli, meat and a little more rich broth to round out the taste.


Recognition of the world

Chef Anthony Bourdain of CNN has been to Hue and commented, “If tourists have ever been to Hue, Central Vietnam without visiting Dong Ba market to enjoy Hue beef noodle soup, it is truly a worthwhile experience.” regret. A delicious dish with pork and beef bones. This is the best soup in the world that I have ever tasted.”


As one of the dishes with the typical flavor of the ancient capital, Hue beef noodle soup is more and more known after being recognized by the Asian Record Organization as the dish that achieved the Asian record according to the set of criteria ” Asian culinary value” 2012. Nowadays, anywhere on this S-shaped land, visitors can also have the opportunity to enjoy a bowl of Hue beef noodle soup. However, enjoying this dish in its birth homeland can fully feel the sophistication and ingenuity of people as well as the quintessence of the cuisine of the ancient land.


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