Banh Beo Hue – Steamed rice dumpling – is a unique Hue local food in life.
No-one knows when “Banh Beo” was created, but it can be found in many places in Hue city, Vietnam.
With the local people, it is said:” eating is enjoying, but enjoying is not just eating”. And, we see that clearly when we enjoy “Banh Beo”.
Ingredient to make it is just rice which is ground into fine flour, and mixed with water.
We wait some minutes so that it can be soft; then, we pour it into small disks and steam them.
When we eat them, we will add some spices, shrimps which are ground and a little vegetable oil.
Sauce of “Banh Beo” is cooked from fresh shrimps, so it is both sugary and fatty.
If there is a chance to come to Hue, you will see that Banh Beo is an essential part of the life of Hue people.
About from 3 p.m to 5 p.m, many beautiful women carry small baskets on their shoulders to go to sell Banh Beo or Banh Loc through streets.
Hue people really like to taste Banh Beo as ordinary meals, which become their habit of daily life.
In Hue, there are now many streets selling Banh Beo Hue: around An Dinh palace, Ngu Binh street, or Nguyen Binh Khiem street.
Customers coming to taste Banh Beo are not only local people but also tourists from other places.
In fact, if someone has a chance to go to Hue, Banh Beo will be the special local food which is must-tasted.