Hue was Vietnam’s capital for more than 143 years during the Nguyen Dynasty. It is known as the cradle of Vietnamese culture, especially its cuisine. Hue city offers hundreds of tempting and flavorful traditional dishes of Vietnam. Hue cuisine has conquered visitors with its inherent sophistication and attractiveness. There is no denying that here is one of Vietnam’s top gastronomic destinations.
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Despite the fact that Hue cakes use common ingredients, Hue families have elevated them to a delicate and sophisticated art form. Beo Cake (Steamed Rice Cake) is one of the excellent representatives of Hue Cakes from the past to the present. Among the extensive range of great local foods in Hue, it is likely the crowd’s favorite. Many people are now familiar with Beo Cake, which can be found anywhere from casual dining to luxury restaurants serving Hue dishes.
Beo Cake`s Hue is a rice flour cake that is placed into an aluminum blister or a small cupand then steamed. It usually has a dimple in the middle that is covered with a savory mixture that includes fresh shrimp, mung beans, and fried shallots. Although the ingredients and recipe for Hue Beo Cake are basic, you can taste the essence of this dish when you eat it.
In addition to the rice flour, people usually add a little flour to the flour mixture to make the cake tougher. The sauce, in particular, is also very important. It must strike a delicate balance between salty and sweetness. The mixing fish sauce with sugar, garlic, chile, and cooking water from fresh shrimp creates a naturally sweet flavor.
The texture may be off-putting at first, as it is mushy and soft, but after a few bites, you will come to appreciate it. Pour a little fish sauce and chili peppers on top of the cake and scoop it out with a spoon. Unlike other cakes (such as Banh Nam, Banh Loc,..), which can be delicious without a dipping sauce, banh beo requires a good sauce. The dish’s harmony is created by the combination of soft rice flour, salty shrimp, and dipping sauce.
When visiting Hue, you will find two types of Beo Cake. One type is poured into small bowls, topped with shrimp lice and, in many places, extra fat, fried spring onions. One is poured into aluminum molds before being layered on small plates. Since time immemorial, Beo Cake has been put in aluminum blisters by Hue people. They frequently pour a large amount of this cake, then layer it regularly into small baskets to sell at the market. Banh Beo Hue on small plates evolved later, maybe as a dish for the monarch, and progressively supplanted the form of cake that was poured with a mold.
- Hanh Restaurant, 11 Pho Duc Chinh Street, Hue City
- Ba Do, 08 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Hue City
- Chi Restaurant, 52 Le Viet Luong Street, Hue City