I’ve tried to like it, but I’m still having issues with Hue food. It’s the rice flour pancake naffness of it all that I don’t really get. Without the fish sauce dip, it’s just rice flour pancakes and ground bean, maybe a prawn or sommit. But, well, it’s all dullsville really. I’m a big fan of Saigon’s premier Hue resto, however I rarely dig into the Hue section of their menu. Having said that when I spotted this seller hawking her creations down the market, I thought I’d try the street rendition and see how it compares.
It looks like she’s one of the more popular dual basket contraption sellers as there’s hardly anything left and what there is is a bit tired looking and pretty warm. This seller tells me she’s from Hue and so if anyone knows what she’s doing, I guess it’s her. I order a threesome trial pack for 5,000VD.
Interestingly, as can be seen from the explanatory diagram above, she serves with a pair of transparent, disposable plastic gloves. This is a growing trend I’ve noticed. Not sure if there’s a law or if the street sellers are just going for that chic, hygienic, slightly kinky look, but I’d be interested to know if this is happening in Hanoi too.
Not sure what they’re all called. But one of these is Banh beo (rice flour ‘n’ green beans) They’re all steamed and take about five minutes to prepare according to this seller. They come with a nuoc mam (fish sauce) dip and as I said, without that, Hue food is verging on piss poor in my book. Even with it, we’re still talking biggo blando. Maybe I should try her a bit earlier in the day next time. Get ’em fresh out the steamer. For now I just don’t see the attraction.