Hue Market

Hue Market

A view of the sprawling outdoor market in Hue

The market in Hue is largely outdoor as the indoor market area is much smaller than many of the markets we have seen in other cities.  It is right near the Perfume River and therefore features quite a bit of seafood.  Lots of fish and snails to be had at bargain prices.  We weren’t in the market for any seafood to cook ourselves, but we ate plenty of seafood during our stay in Hue.

A select cut of fish at the Hue Market

We were much more interested in the sweets for sale than the fish.  It seemed that Hue had a large area of their market dedicated to candies, cookies and chocolates of all kinds.  We bought some candied ginger that was delicious and the perfect bus ride treat as ginger helps to calm an upset stomach.  We also got a some delicious sesame and peanut chewy snacks and then a package of mung bean cake that we didn’t really take a liking to.  It was fun just to see all the different types of candy and treats on offer.

Just a small selection of all the different candy on offer in the Hue Market.

After slowly making our way through the sweets area of the market we got to the baskets prepared for Tet (the Lunar New Year celebrated in Vietnam), which made us realize maybe that’s why there were so many sweets on offer.  Hue is the first place we found the  brightly wrapped baskets that families buy to offer to their elders during Tet and give as gifts to family.  A local in the market told us that the items are offered up on the families alter to their ancestors, but it seems that the items in the basket must get eaten at some point.

Very brightly wrapped baskets for Vietnamese New Year celebration Tet

After purchasing our sweets and meandering through the market we visited the food stalls to see what they had on offer and we found a stall dedicated to thinkCHUA’s favorites.  He loves any type of weird gelatin dessert or hot bean desserts mixed with the gelatin desserts.  It sounds a little bit like a texture nightmare, but a lot of them are pretty good and they are always colorful.

All of thinkCHUA's favorites in one place

I could never tell you to skip a market in any new city as these pictures just show you a glimpse of what is on offer at the Hue Market.  Check it out for yourself.

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» Mom A :
Jan 31, 2011

Love that picture of the “kid” in the candy store! Hope you took a picture of one of those gelatin desserts and a mixed cup of sweet beans and gelatin that thinkChua loves. I want to see that! Also good to see his pack on his lap while his attention is distracted by all the goodies! Guess it is time to hop over to one of the local (indoor in Minnesota winter) markets for some Tet treats! I’ll probably have to settle for wrapped candy but will look for gelatin or bean!

LOCAVORista Reply:

Mom, I have to get the food and drinks updated because I have some great pictures of those gelatin desserts that thinkCHUA just can’t seem to get enough of. If you head to the Hmong markets in St. Paul or even Shuang Hur on Nicollet I bet you could find some great Tet/Chinese New Year treats.

» Donna :
Jan 31, 2011

Careful with all those sweets or you’re going to have to do some more mud walking to wear off all the calories! It’s snowing here again today … we’re going to break some records … shame you had to miss it!! Mom, did I hear there’s a Tet party going on at the condo? :-) Donna

LOCAVORista Reply:

Donna, I think we’re doing enough walking each day to counteract the sweets intake, but man I’m loving the pastries, candies and cakes here.

» Donna :
Feb 4, 2011

I’m sure you are walking off all the sweets! And I don’t blame you for chowing down on them … sometimes it seems like what gets exported isn’t as good as it tastes in the home country. The first thing I buy when I step off the plane in Germany is a bar of marzipan! And still have trouble walking by a konditerei without stopping for a pastry! I’ve started intensely researching the Europe trip and am finding places I didn’t know exist and sound like great fun to visit … maybe it takes turning into a “tour guide” to get us to look beyond what we already know and are comfortable with. And you two aren’t helping my itchy feet syndrome at all! Eat on!! Donna

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LOCAVORista: A curious adventurer exploring the culinary delights and local traditions around the world. Currently on a 3 year round-the-world trip discovering amazing cultures, must-eats and off-the-beaten-track destinations.

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