Banh Beo (Water Fern Cake) of Hue

Hue is home to Banh Beo or Water Fern Cake in Vietnam. Banh Beo of Hue is unusual in that it is served in a small bowl with a traditional pattern.

The Hue enjoys traditional cake as a snack. Banh beo in Hue is created easily by soaking powdered rice in water for a few minutes to obtain liquid. Then, with a little grease, combine the ingredients and pour them into small cups. The appropriate way to enjoy banh beo is in each small cup, not in a bowl or plate, as some restaurants and hotels do.


The shrimp, particularly the sauce, are responsible for the delectable banh beo. To begin, nuoc mam is combined with fat, sugar, garlic, chili, and shrimp to create a distinct flavor. People eat “banh beo” with small bamboo sticks rather than chopsticks. When combined with a spicy sauce, it's fantastic. The sweetness of the shrimp, along with the flavors of garlic, chilli, and other spices, leaves us with lasting impressions.


The term Banh Beo in Hue conjures up images of poverty and simplicity, as Beo refers to a type of plant that floats down a river in Vietnamese, as well as wildlife and a lack of a permanent home. Although the shape of banh beo resembles a “beo” leaf, no one knows where or when it originated. Banh beo has become an inextricable part of Hue people's lives, appearing at every gathering and every meal.

Leading addresses for Banh Beo in Hue: surrounding An Dinh palace, Ngu Binh street, Nguyen Binh Khiem street, and other areas.

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