Hue Beef Noodle Soup

Hue Beef Noodle Soup

Hue was the capital city of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945. It is not only a destination with poetic landscapes, and ancient historical relics but also a cuisine paradise.” Referring to Hue, people will immediately think of Hue beef noodle soup, a famous dish that is known everywhere. Besides, it is voted as one of the best dishes in Asia in foreign articles and magazines. Maybe you care about Hue Street Food Tour or Hue Cycling Tour to Thanh Toan Bridge.

Hue Beef Noodle Soup

What is Hue Beef Noodle Soup?

Hue Beef Noodle Soup or Bun Bo Hue is a popular Vietnamese soup containing rice noodle and beef. Hue Citadel is located in the center of Vietnam accompanied by the former royal court cooking style. Its balance of spicy, salty, sweet flavors is greatly admired and one time eating forever remember.


Hue Beef Noodle Soup originated in Hue – the old imperial capital of Vietnam. Most people called it “Bun Bo Hue” to denote its origin. By simmering beef bones with lemongrass and add on shrimp paste, sweet and red pigment during cooking process, you will have a delicious and eye-catching broth

A bowl of Hue Style Beef Noodle Soup must have some thin slices of boiled beef, chunks of oxtail, a piece of pig pork leg and a piece of pig blood.

Hue Beef Noodle Soup is commonly served with lime wedges, cilantro sprigs, thinly sliced banana flowers, basil, mint, bean sprouts and chili sauce.

How to cook Hue Beef Noodle Soup?

First you choose the fresh pig pork leg, chop into the circle, drop into the boiling water pot boiled over to secrete nail pork all dirt, then pour all and wash off in order to ensure food safety. Pour water into soup and boil again, add on a hand of salt to make the broth sweeter.

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Fresh Pig Pork Leg for Hue Beef Noodle Soup

To cook delicious Hue Beef Noodle Soup, indispensable pieces encrusted with soft-boiled beef, fragrant. So, the secret to delicious boiled beef is that you should boil it with ginger. It is best to boil encrusted beef cooked to medium, wait until it is cool and then cut into thin slices.

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Cook the Beef for Hue Beef Noodle Soup

Now, you give cubes of congealed pig blood to boiling, and then cut into square or rectangular pieces evenly.

Cubes of Congealed Pig Blood to Boiling - Vietnam Shore Excursions
Cubes of Congealed Pig Blood to Boiling

Grilled crab shaped into small balls, dropped into a boiling water pot. As spring emerges, crab rolls are cooked. Picked crab rolls to separate. If you don’t buy crab rolls, you can use beef or pork meatballs instead.

The next step of how to cook delicious Hue beef noodle broth:

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Preparing the Hue Beef Noodle Soup Broth

+ 2 tablespoons minced lemongrass, the remaining part of the lemongrass beaten and put in the pot.

+ Shrimp paste (it is essential to this dish and cannot be considered Hue Beef Noodle Soup without it )  : take shrimp paste out and pour in cold water slowly then stirring the paste, wait for 1 hour to allow the mixture to settle then take the clear liquid , please do again and again this step 3 or 4 times .

+ An onion divided into 2 parts: 1 part sliced and other chopped into 3.

Now, you wash cow bones, boil to remove impurities, and place in stewed, sometimes skim off the foam to make water clear. Please boil beef bones for about 2 hours with additional onion and lemongrass.

To make broth of Hue Beef Noodle Soup be fragrant and attractive, hit some oil in a pan and add the red pigment. Cook until the pigment is blended with the oil. Then you pour this red pigment and minced lemongrass into the broth pot to make it attractive.

Salad and Vegetable for Hue Beef Noodle Soup - Vietnam Shore Excursions
Salad and Vegetable for Hue Beef Noodle Soup

Finally, all the ingredients for the Hue Beef Noodle Soup bowl are prepared already. Handshake to display the delicious beef noodle bowl.


Using white ceramic bowls for this dish. Enjoying the delicious taste of Hue Beef noodle Soup in white bowl will make you feel much more palatable.

In a large soup bowl, place a handful of noodles that are added into boiling water to heat them up, top with a handful of the parsley/cilantro/onion mixture, and pour the broth, ensuring there are several pieces of beef and pork…


Hue beef noodle soup is a famous specialty of Hue ancient lands. Most who came to Hue once, how busy you are, please do not forget to visit and enjoy a bowl of Hue Beef Noodle Soup in a local restaurant which is cooked by local people. I am sure that wherever you go, you will try lots of delicious foods all over the world but you will remember the Hue Beef Noodle bowl because of the flavor of unforgettable impression broth.

Hue Style Beef Noodle Soup

Vietnamese palm brings a mixture of lemongrass, Thai basil and mint. Its leaves are short with a spine edge.

Unlike drill, lemongrass used for cooking, Vietnamese palm is usually used in salads such as banana flower salad or eaten as a type of fresh vegetable with Bun Dau, Bun cha, etc.

If Vietnamese’s dishes lack of these types of herbs, they will be less tasty and attractive. Therefore, using herbs in Vietnamese’s meals is common and necessary.

Besides enhancing flavor for dishes, herbs are also known as one of important folk medicines to treat diseases.

Vietnamese palm brings a mixture of lemongrass, Thai basil and mint

There are several Vietnamese spices and herbs to know for a local food lover. Follow other articles on our website to get useful tips on How to cook Vietnamese food!

Top Hue Beef Noodle Soup Restaurants in Hue City

Hue Beef Noodle Soup Restaurant of Me Keo

Me Keo beef noodle soup is one of the oldest beef noodle soups in Hue. The bowl of noodles here has a characteristic spicy taste, the broth has a slightly salty taste and smells of lemongrass. This is probably the only bowl of beef noodle soup in Hue that doesn’t have beef but has pork belly, pork blood, crab cakes, and so on.

Hue Style Beef Noodle Soup - Vietnam Shore Excursions

Address: 20 Bach Dang, Phu Cat, Hue city.

Opening hours: 6:00 – 10:00;

Reference price: 25,000 – 35,000 VND/bowl

Bun Hem Restaurant

Also, another “unbelievably delicious” bun bo Hue is Bun Alley. The bowl of beef noodle soup here is extremely tasty and attractive with full ingredients. Including boiled blood, sprouts, corned beef, pork leg, and broth with a rich and delicious flavor.

Bun Hem Restaurant - Vietnam Shore Excursions

Address: Kiet 29/1 Hung Vuong Street, Hue city.

Opening hours: 7:00 – 9:00;

Reference price: 30,000 – 35,000 VND/bowl.

Hue Beef Noodle Soup Restaurant of Mrs. Tuyet

The owner of the restaurant, Mrs. Tuyet, has been selling Bun Bo Hue for more than 20 years. Bun bo Hue at Mrs. Tuyet’s restaurant not only has rice noodles and beef, but diners can eat a combination of many ingredients. For example, beef noodle soup with lean pork paste, beef noodle soup with crab cakes, etc.

Hue Beef Noodle Soup Restaurant of Mrs. Tuyet - Vietnam Shore Excursions

Address: No. 47 Nguyen Cong Tru Street, Phu Hoi ward, Hue City.

Opening hours: 6:00 – 11:00.

Reference price: 25,000 – 35,000 VND/bowl.

Hue Beef Noodle Soup Restaurant of Mr. Vong – Mrs. Phung

The broth of the shop is rich in taste, and the bowl of vermicelli is large and plump. Also, the stewed pork rolls are suitable for taste, and the lean pork paste is big. It is sweet but not boring, and the raw vegetables are very fresh.

Hue Beef Noodle Soup Restaurant of Mr. Vong – Mrs. Phung - Vietnam Shore Excursions

Address: No. 5 Nguyen Du, Phu Cat, Hue city.

Opening hours: 15:00 – 18:00.

Reference price: 25,000 – 35,000 VND/bowl.

Hue Beef Noodle Soup Restaurant of Mu Roi (Mrs. Roi)

The beef noodle soup here is delicious with rich broth, yummy beef, and pork. The restaurant’s crab cakes and raw vegetables are also taken care of, ensuring freshness and cleanliness. Therefore, this is one of the delicious restaurants in Hue that you should not miss when coming to the ancient capital.

Hue Beef Noodle Soup Restaurant of Mu Roi - Vietnam Shore Excursions

Address: No.40 Nguyen Chi Dieu Street, Thuan Thanh ward, Hue city.

Opening hours: 6:30 – 9:30.

Reference price: 25,000 – 35,000 VND/bowl.

Moreover, by eating a bowl of bun bo Hue in the land of the capital, visitors will feel all of Hue cuisine. It is no exaggeration to say that Hue beef noodle soup is the “national soul, national quintessence” dish of the Vietnamese people.

In addition to Hue beef noodle soup, are there any other delicious dishes in Hue Ancient Capital? Of course, the answer is yes. There are many delicious dishes in Hue City that are very attractive to tourists. You can view more about other specialties of Hue in the article Top 10 Hue Dishes We Must Try in Hue City.

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