Eating in Hue 6

23 01 2013

This will be my final (for the time being anyway) post on my trip to Hue, Vietnam, and being me, I have to do another food post though it’s not that exciting as it’s my hotel buffet food that I had for three days for breakfast.

I tried to eat mostly Vietnamese and sometimes other Asian food to start my day but occasionally there would be something French placed inbetween two local dishes and I would just go for that, too.  And being Vietnam, French was not so bad.

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The rectangular crepe kind of thing I think was supposed to be banh beo. The onion is French and the green Chinese. The Chinese cabbage, what we call “chingensai” in Japanese, was very very good with just the right amount of garlic.

Pho ga!!

Pho ga!!

Porridge which I thought may have been more Chinese than Vietnamese.  They put peanuts in everything.

Porridge which I thought may have been more Chinese than Vietnamese. The Vietnamese put peanuts in everything it seems.

Exotic fruits.

Exotic fruits. I don’t think we ever get pomelo (the citrus in the back that looks like grapefruit but much sweeter) in Japan.

This is the ultimate Hue specialty called Bun Bo Hue which I wanted to try outside the hotel but I didn't have enough number of meals to do so.

This is the ultimate Hue specialty called Bun Bo Hue which I wanted to try outside the hotel but I didn’t have enough number of meals to do so.

What the Japanese call "osekihan" meaning literally "red rice" generally made with sticky rice and red beans.  Apparently there are other versions of the dish in other parts of Asia, Vietnam being one of them.

What the Japanese call “osekihan” meaning literally “red rice” generally made with sticky rice and red beans. Apparently there are other versions of the dish in other parts of Asia, Vietnam being one of them.

But we would never eat osekihan with these condiments.

But we would never eat osekihan with these condiments.

More variety!  The Chinese bun and the dumplings were nice but they are really Chinese.

More variety! The Chinese bun and the dumplings were nice but they are really Chinese.

Such small lychee.

Such small lychee.

Glass noodle soup cooked in the same soup as the pho.

Glass noodle soup cooked in the same soup as the pho.

LOVE Vietnamese food.

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When it Rains in Hue

22 01 2013

Well, it apparently does so pretty much all year round and heavily, too, in certain months.

It was mostly overcast during my stay in Hue, Vietnam, and on the day I was to leave, we had substantial rain.

But the people of Hue are always very ready for the occasion.

Rain ponchos sold everywhere.

Colorful rain ponchos sold everywhere.

As soon as it starts raining, they get dressed.

As soon as it starts raining, bikers and cyclists get dressed.

I liked this pink one.

I liked hers.

They like fishing in the rain, too.

They like fishing in the rain, too.

Your ride needs to be ponchoed, too!

Your ride needs to be ponchoed, too! Note how there is transparent covering where the headlight is supposed to go. Clever!

I bought one just like this for Fuji Rock.

I bought one just like this to take with me to Fuji Rock.

I saw other designs such as polka dots, checkered patterns and ones with promotional logos.  I was very tempted to ask where I could buy them but went the easy way and bought a couple for myself as well as one for a friend in the first shop I came across. ^^





Imperial Tomb #3

21 01 2013

This imperial tomb in Hue, Vietnam is very green.  It was my favorite.

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Eating in Hue 5

20 01 2013

This restaurant where I went to have lunch on a rainy afternoon was recommended on many travel and restaurant sites as the place to enjoy the local Hue specialties.  I stopped by to have the one dish I hadn’t tried yet called “banh beo“.

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It’s what he’s holding.

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A set of 10.  Everything seems to come in multiples of five.

A set of 10. Everything seems to come in multiples of five.

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They're very good.  No problem consuming the whole lot on my own.

They’re very good. No problem consuming the whole lot on my own.

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Quan Hanh





Imperial Tomb #2

19 01 2013

Here is another imperial tomb in Hue, Vietnam, of a Vietnamese emperor who apparently died rather young when he was only 40 and who built a very elaborate tomb for himself.  Here is Khai Dinh Tomb for Emperor Khai Dinh.

Photo taken from wikipedia.

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To (Super)market! in Hue

18 01 2013

Visiting the local supermarket is always one of the highlights of any trip I do.  Anywhere in the world I go, I must visit a supermarket if available.

On the way in from the airport to the center of Hue, Vietnam, we passed by this “supercenter”.

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Big C is Vietnam’s choice of hypermarket.

I later found out that this was within a walking distance from my hotel.  So off I went on my final day in Hue.

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It’s big but not that huge with a food court and a game arcade at the top and you can work your way down to electronic appliances and household goods and further down to food products – my main interest.

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Something I saw in home appliances. Yes, if you brand it Tokyo – Japan, it must be Japanese. Somehow the Japanese text on the side tells me it must be not.

And before you go in in the electronics section, they zip up your bag.

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Going down to the food section, you can pick up a bag or two of potato chips.

Going down to the food section, you can pick up a bag or two of potato chips.

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Sausages, I think.

I had no idea the Vietnamese ate so many different kinds of Chinese buns.

I had no idea the Vietnamese ate so many different kinds of Chinese buns.

Never seen green ones in Japan.

Never seen green ones in Japan.

Wow, these are fresh...

Wow, these are fresh…

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Packed lunches.

Packed lunches.

And packed frogs...

And packed frogs…

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Pickles.

Aloe vera.  I saw a lady in one of the traditional markets peeling this and getting the extracts out.  I thought it was for skin use but she told me it was for eating.

Aloe vera. I saw a lady in one of the traditional markets peeling this and getting the extracts out. I thought it was for skin use but she told me it was for eating.

Vietnamese herbs are wonderful.

Vietnamese herbs are wonderful.

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So many fish sauces.

So many fish sauces.

Well, that was fun.  I shopped for some sweets to take home as gifts.





Imperial Tomb #1

17 01 2013

Hue, which was the imperial capital of Vietnam not so long ago, until 1945, has a number of tombs of former emperors around the city which are open for tourists.  I went on a group tour that went to visit three of the main tombs all of which came in different styles though they were all built in accordance with “strict rules of  geomancy” according to this website, our guide, and other sources.  Here is one of them, Tu Duc Tomb.

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