Restaurant An Cuu Quon
150 Nguyen Khuyen (at junction with Van Mieu), Hanoi
Hue, in central Vietnam, is a city renowned for its cuisine which was particularly developed for the Nguyen Emperors when it was the Royal Capital between 1802 and 1945. Unfortunately, we dared to go to Hue without a local’s restaurant tip and so hence ended up with a greater emphasis on carved vegetables than the food…. These were rather incredible – sadly I did not bring my camera, however, I was determined to show my parents that Hue cuisine could be more exciting than staring at an inedible dove shaped turnip! So off we went to An Cu’u Quon in Hanoi, an inexpensive, very simple little Hue restaurant halfway up Van Mieu. The lady who runs it is always very smiley and helpful and there are pictures to help the confused, although it is usually best just to order all the little sharing dishes which makes for a perfect lunch. Bun Bo Hue (noodle soup) can be shared or devoured by the hungriest at the end.
Some recommendations are:
Banh Beo, Banh Nam, Nem Lui, Banh Ram it, and Banh Khoai (The pork – not pictured – comes with an extremely fermented thick sauce with tell tale little bubbles and a rather intense and cloying scent… perhaps not for all palates).