Huê (VNA) – Huê’s cuisine has one of the most valuable heritage of the town and even the country. The development of this sector is partly due to the growth of tourism in the former capital of Huê (Center).
Mentioning Huê (located in the province of Thua Thiên Huê), one thinks of the ancient capital of the feudal regime of Vietnam between 1687 and 1774. It is recognized by its old palaces, architectural works, arts, customs and traditional costumes that marked the culture, prosperity and effervescence of a nerve center of the past.
Added to this is its very original cuisine, which is part of the quintessence of the city. Tourists are captivated by a 1,300-dish culinary “treasure,” accounting for more than two-thirds of the country’s food (1,700).
Protecting an intangible heritage
In order to promote local gastronomy in favor of the growth of tourism, the province of Thua Thiên Huê has created the program “Huê – Royaume de la cuisine” for the period 2019-2025 and vision 2030, which focuses on presentation and conservation of these culinary gems.
At the end of last April, for example, some 35 schools in the Japanese city of Saijo invited their students to taste the bo bo Huê (Huê-style beef rice vermicelli). About 9,000 bowls have been prepared and this dish has been a great success with young Japanese people. This anecdote motivated the local authorities to seek more measures in order to preserve and promote the values of the dishes of the ancient imperial city of Hue.
After the epidemic, the number of tourists visiting Hue has increased significantly. The latter are interested not only in the typical destinations of the city, but also in the local cuisine, which is very rich in terms of payment and saviors. However, despite the abundance and diversity of food, there are many who still do not know much or do not know it or who do not appear in the menus of establishments of hotels. Indeed, the network of hotels, resorts and inns may be densely distributed throughout the province, but their menus unfortunately do not present very few typical dishes of Hue.
In the city center of Huê, however, there are many traditional restaurants (in the sense that they serve specialized meals of Huê) but the clientele is still modest because their infrastructure does not allow them to meet a very high demand. influx of visitors. In addition, tourists are naturally reluctant to choose restaurants where the typical dishes and “lighthouses” of the region are not included.
The project “Huê – Royaume de la cuisine” thus focuses on the inventory and the methodical data account des mets et boissons de Huê. This project aims to safeguard the quintessence of royal and popular cuisine as well as promote specialties abroad while attracting more tourists. The program focuses on collecting dishes from the past and those that have almost disappeared in order to list and incorporate them. The construction of a kitchen museum, as well as the training of qualified human resources, such as chef chef, aide-cook and server are equal to recommended or even necessary factors.
The Department of Tourism, together with the Department of Science and Technology of Huê, created the project logo. This will be immediately displayed in restaurants. An important information is attracted that will ensure the tourist a guarantee of quality and trust regarding the cuisine of the proposed establishment. Le Service du tourisme has already established a list of 22 Huê plates and drinks. A restaurant wants to get the “Huê – Royaume de la cuisine” logo, it has to offer 2 to 3 plates or at least presented in the list of boxes. It must also meet the standards of hygiene, restaurant area, detailed presentation of origin, ingredients such as the preparation of each dish.
A secular and diverse cuisine
Over time, Huê’s cuisine has been influenced by the culture of immigrants or local communities. These conditions have created nuances of mupa that make the richness of the gastronomic culture of Huê with especially its royal dishes but also popular and vegetarian.
Imperial meals are usually prepared with cordons bleus, generally symbolizing meticulousness, patience and their decoration is always extremely refined. Popular payments exposed to the diversity of ingredients used in the kitchen, more than the aesthetic value and their community characteristics.
Vegetarian cuisine, on the other hand, goes back to the habit of enjoying meat-free meals on certain days or periods of time set according to the lunar calendar. You have 108 pagodas and 300 places dedicated to the Buddhist cult, most of which are suitable for the vegetarian regime. In the past, even the kings of the Nguyen dynasties and their relatives used to eat vegetarian food. That is why these meatless dishes are indispensable and are gaining more and more popularity in Hue.
Generation after generation, their preparation and preparation have remained unchanged to become today a unique and typical feature of the old feudal capital.
The highlight of Huê cuisine is probably the harmonious blend of ingredients and a demanding decoration to create delicious meals for both the taste buds and the eyes. – CVN / VNA