Com Hen – Mussel Rice in Huong River
Posted On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 by Vietnam Discovery
Hue ancient capital is attracted to every visitor not only for the stunning view of the Huong River but also for the best Hue specialties, of which the most famous perhaps is Com Hen Song Huong (the Mussel Rice in Huong River). 

Though Mussel Rice is the very simple and low-price specialty of Hue, it possesses a complicated recipe of sweet, buttery, salty, sour, bitter and spicy flavors. When tasting this special kind of food, tourists can experience the simplicity and deliciousness of traditional Vietnamese cuisine.

Absolutely, what makes this simple kind of food popular is revealed in the great endeavor to adopt and process its main ingredient – mussels, which are a sea species and must be soaked in water for a long while before being processed. Therefore, locals often say that mussel cooked rice somehow expresses the strenuous work of the marker.
Mussel Rice Hue specialty - Things to eat when travel to Hue
Delicious Mussel Rice in Hue

A lot of travelers said that they really enjoyed the sweet-smelling flavors of rice, onion and oil, together with strange tastes of sweet, buttery, salty, sour, bitter and peppery-hot. If you want to try the original of this food, you should visit Hen river islet in the Huong River. Otherwise, you can easily find this dish in some streets in Hue city.

Until now, the Mussel Rice has been becoming popular everywhere in Hue, elsewhere in Hue restaurants throughout Vietnam. Particularly, it is a low-priced specialty you can eat in luxurious restaurants in Hue or even by venturing to street shops.

There’s a most common saying for those who traveling to Hue: “Visiting Hue, you could not miss Mussel rice in Huong River, or else you have not come to Hue ever”.

(Note: Com Hen – Mussel Rice requires 15 different raw materials, including mussels, oil, peanuts, white sesame, dry pancake, salted shredded meat, chili sauce, banana flower, banana trunk, spicy vegetables, peppermint, salad, etc.)
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