Com Hen – the featured food in Hue

Hue is not only famous for many historical and cultural relics and splendid landscapes, but also has a number of outstanding dishes. One traditional specialty of Hue is com hen (clam rice).


Com hen is simple yet intricate dish that fuses together a variety of flavors from clams, fried pork fat, clam broth, roasted peanuts, crunchy rice crackers, chili pepper, banana flower, star fruit, mint herb, Vietnamese coriander, taro stem, fermented shrimp sauce and temperature rice.
Com hen has a sweet-smelling flavor of rice, onion, and grease, as well as strange tastes of sweet, buttery, salty, sour, bitter, and peppery-hot. You have to arrive to Hen river-islet in the Perfume River to have the original Com hen. However, you can find out the dish on some streets in Hue City. It requires 15 different raw materials to prepare for the dish, including mussels, fried grease, watery grease, peanuts, white sesames, dry pancake, salted shredded meat, chili sauce, banana flower, banana trunk, sour starfuits, spice vegetables, peppermint, salad, etc.
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These ingredients culminate in a distinctive balance of sweetness, saltiness, sourness and spiciness with two separate crunchy textures. It’s sure to give your taste palate a workout! And once you’ve had a bowl, you couldn’t help but ask for more.
Cơm Hến was a very popular low priced specialty dish used to be enjoyed by the commoners in Central Vietnam, Huế. But it’s exquisite and wonderful texture and taste could not be kept hidden for long from those who crave for great food.  These days, people from many regions find cơm hến refreshing and simply irresistible. 

How to make it

To make the dish, first choose an amount of fresh clam depending on how many guests, clean them and steam them for some minutes before taking them out their shells. The clam broth should be put in a separate bowl and added to some ginger.
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The rice after it is cooked should be cooled and the dish is prepared by pouring the steaming hot clam soup onto cool rice, then mixed with raw vegetables and spicy chili. One more thing, diners should put add some mam nem fish sauce. However, if you are not familiar with the smell of the sauce, you can try without.

What makes this simple kind of food popular is revealed in the great endeavor to adopt and process its main ingredient – mussel. Mussels are sea species, which must be dipped in water for a long while before being processed. Accordingly, people often say that com hen somehow expresses the strenuous work of the maker and Vietnamese cooking.

Where to find it

Very easy as it is popular everywhere in Hue and these days, elsewhere in Hue restaurant in Vietnam. More favorably, it is a low-priced specially, thus you could eat it in luxurious restaurants in Hue or even in vendor mobile shops on the streets. The dish is available at Hue restaurants in town.

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