Hue is one of Vietnam’s cultural and academic centers and was formerly the capital of the country. It is a beautiful town located on the shores of the Perfume River with a distinct social and culinary identity.

The town is particularly well known for its many specialty food best sampled at local stalls and street kitchens. There is far too much to list here, but the banh khoai is a wonderfully tasty pancake and the platter of snacks usually sold at about about four or five in the afternoon is truly mouthwatering. Hue is also famous for its noodles dishes and has its own delicately flavoured version of noodle and rice soups.