As a specialty of Hue that is very popular with tourists is sour shrimp paste - a typical dish of Hue.
Sour shrimp paste in the right "tone" of Hue must be made from very fresh brackish water shrimp, the most delicious is shrimp from the Cau Hai lagoon area. Sour shrimp paste is the combination of the white color of sticky rice, bamboo shoots, galangal of garlic, the red color of shrimp, chili... and all flavors: sweet, fatty, fleshy, spicy, sour, bitter... It's also a combination of yin and yang. , the coolness of shrimp mingles with the pungent taste of spices, all in harmony and charm.
You can enjoy sour shrimp with hot rice. The most famous and delicious is the sour shrimp served with boiled meat, rice paper and pickles, and other raw vegetables. In a thin slice of rice paper, you roll lettuce, star fruit, melon, basil ... a piece of boiled meat, a sour shrimp, roll it up and dip it into a bowl of broth and enjoy. The sweetness of the meat, the sourness of star fruit, and the aroma of basil mix together to give diners a feeling of excitement and deliciousness.
Hue sour shrimp has been recognized by the Vietnam Record Organization as one of the top 50 specialties of Vietnam gifts, an unforgettable gift for anyone who has the opportunity to travel to Hue.