Hue and Ho Chi Minh City have secured positions among the top 100 best food cities and regions globally, according to the international food magazine TasteAtlas.

The central city of Hue ranked 28th and HCMC 73rd in the list that was based on over 395,000 user votes from more than 16,600 cities. These cities were selected based on the highest user ratings for their local dishes.

Bun bo Hue is served with fresh herbs and chili in Hue, central Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Tran
Bun bo Hue is served with fresh herbs and chili in Hue, central Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Tran.

Famous for its spicy beef noodle soup, banh beo (steamed rice cakes topped with pork or shrimp), and nem lui (grilled pork on lemongrass skewers), Hue is located in central Vietnam.

Notably, one of Southeast Asia’s 50 greatest soups is bun bo hue. To make the broth, boil the bones of pork and beef along with sugar, annatto, lemongrass, and shrimp paste. Meatballs, crab balls, and brisket are frequently added to the soup.

In contrast, Ho Chi Minh City provides a variety of cuisines, with standouts including pho, banh mi, che (a sweet soup dessert), and bo kho (beef stew).

A serving of Vietnamese beef stew accompanied with banh mi and fresh herbs. Photo by VnExpress/Le Nguyen
A serving of Vietnamese beef stew accompanied with banh mi and fresh herbs. Photo by VnExpress/Le Nguyen

Vietnamese food also managed to achieve the 22nd spot in this year’s TasteAtlas rankings, which go beyond the top 100 finest food cities and regions.