In addition to diverse items, this 121-year-old market is also famous as a culinary paradise with many delicious dishes, which are popular with visitors.
Dong Ba Market is a large and long-standing market in Hue, built-in 1899 under the reign of King Thanh Thai. The market is located on the banks of the romantic Perfume River, the frontage is on Tran Hung Dao Street, formerly known as Truong Tien Street, the main street of Hue. This is one of the places many tourists visit when having the chance to Hue city.
Lotus seeds are a commodity that tourists often buy as gifts when they come to Hue. White lotus seeds, rich, fragrant, hundred seeds as one. If you come here during the lotus season, you will be able to buy fresh and delicious lotus.
If not, you can buy dried lotus that is strung. Lotus in Tinh Tam Lake is a famous kind in Hue, costing twice as much as ordinary lotus seeds, about 300,000-350,000 VND / kg.
Dong Ba Market has about 60 categories, from high-end and luxury goods to popular goods. The market consists of three floors, divided into many stalls to serve the needs of buying and selling.
The first floor has many shops selling fish sauce and dry food. There are many types of fish sauce ranging from fish sauce, tomato sauce, fish sauce, sour shrimp …
It can be said that fish sauce is an indispensable element in Hue meals. Fish sauce served with pure white, fragrant hot rice or with boiled bacon is the favorite dish of many people here. “Hue people like to eat medium shrimp, not too big.
Tourists often choose to buy bigger ones because they look nice and eye-catching”, said Ms. Na, a sour shrimp seller here. The best sour shrimp costs 100,000 VND / kg.
Mè xửng is a famous candy from the Vietnamese capital Imperial – Huế. Mè xửng is a feature of Hue in Viet’s cuisine. It is a mixture of flour, sesame, peanut, sugar. Mè xửng is very soft and chewy.
It tastes great. It is often served as a dessert and enjoyed hot tea. Mè xửng is sold in over 20 stores in Hue like Thiên Hương or Thiên Hỷ.
Palm-leaf conical hats are also sold in the market with many materials and designs, each priced from 30,000 to 150,000 VND. You can choose to buy lotus-leaf hats, plain hats or painted hats with famous Hue landmarks.
When buying, visitors can ask the shopkeeper to tie his hat strap color according to his preferences such as purple, pink, blue… Hue people love to enjoy tea, so in the market, there are also a variety of teas from chrysanthemum, rose, lotus, bitter melon …
The most popular type of tea is Hue royal tea because of its sweetness and easy to drink. This is a lightweight gift that can be bought as a travel gift. Each tea pack contains 16 herbal flavors, which are said to be good for health and beauty. Tea packages are priced from 80,000 – 100,000 VND for a 500g pack.
After walking around the market, visitors can visit the soft drink shops for refreshments. There are various types of water here such as peanut (peanut) juice, soybean juice, soybean juice, cheeks, green seeds …
Each glass of juice costs 5,000 – 10,000 VND. In addition, visitors can try the cold-bag yogurt, which is sold by many street vendors in the market for 5,000 – 10,000 VND / bag.
Coming to Dong Ba market, visitors should not ignore Hue specialties such as Banh Beo(Bloating Fern-shaped cake), Bread, Hot rice flour rolls, Hue beef vermicelli, spring rolls … Visitors should come here around 3 pm because the food stalls just started to open many doors and became bustling. Food stalls now have listed prices for each dish, prices range from 10,000 to 20,000 / dish.
The back of the market is a food area, with fresh foods such as fish, meat, vegetables … Visitors can visit this area to buy spring rolls, sausages, tea of Hue. A note for tourists before buying is that spring rolls here are made very spicy, containing a lot of pepper inside.
Because it is a large market in the Central region, Dong Ba market is home to many types of flowers and fruits from many regions. If you come here in the early morning, you will see many small traders gather at the market to buy fruit.
Visitors to the market should pay attention to personal belongings because the space is quite crowded. In addition, you can bargain with sellers when buying for a more suitable price.