Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam
Món Huế
Món Huế
Món Huế

Món Huế, no way

Reviewed on 2014-04-13 (Updated on 2015-04-07)

My friend, from Huế, had been missing the taste of Huế so Món Huế seemed like the obvious choice to quell her savoury cravings. On entering, I was struck with the décor which is tasteful with images of Huế adorning the walls. The lighting was just right & pleasant music played in the background. The silence inside is in huge contrast to the noisy, unceasing traffic outside.

The menu is vast & after substantial debate, I chose fried chicken with rice (84,000đ) & my friend chose her lifetime favourite of beef shank soup (57,000đ) with a guava juice (20,000đ). Our meals were brought after 25 minutes, I was quite happy with that as it suggested real effort was being put into the preparation.

I was wrong & although the presentation was good, the food itself was not. The ‘soup’ that accompanied my chicken was tasteless with a consistency like an oil slick. A single spoon full was enough of that. The chicken was a tragedy. It was chicken skin wrapped around a concoction of chopped chicken& vegetables. The skin itself was good but the filling was exceedingly bland, I ate the skin but a few bites of the mess inside sufficed. The rice however, was very tasty & cooked perfectly. My friend’s soup was similar, she found the broth was lacking in taste with an absence of spice. The noodles tasted like a cheap version of authentic Hue noodles. Her guava juice was fantastic though.

So if you fancy rice & guava juice, this is the place. I cannot say all dishes are so poor but beef soup is a Hue sustenance, a signature dish that should be done properly. I shall never return & give it 2 stars for the décor & attentive staff.