Sunday, November 25, 2018

Hue - Bánh Bèo, Bánh Nậm and Bánh Khoai at Quán Hạnh

We had a bit of trouble discovering places to eat in Hue, so it was fortunate that we found a restaurant nearby that we really liked.

Quán Hạnh specializes in local Hue dishes, and we had dinner there twice during our short stay. We got to try a couple of new types of "Bánh". Bánh Nậm comes as a stack of leaf-wrapped treasures:

Inside each package is a luxuriously soft rice cake with shrimp and pork. The texture is completely different than other types of rice cakes we've had and we really enjoyed it.

We also got to try Bánh Khoai - Hue's local version of bánh xèo. Bánh khoai is puffier and you break off pieces to eat directly with greens and herbs, rather than rolling it in a rice wrap.

And we couldn't resist getting some Bánh Bèo:

An order of 16 of these cute little dishes seemed like a lot at first, but they disappeared quickly...

We also had a couple of less-specifically local, but still tasty dishes. Bún Thịt Nướng (pork with rice vermicelli) and Gỏi Cuốn (shrimp and pork summer rolls).

We enjoyed everything we tried at Quán Hạnh, but the clear standouts were the Bánh Bèo and Bánh Nậm.

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