Phan Thanh Hai, director of the provincial culture and sports department, said that Hue’s cuisine strongly demonstrates its cultural values, history, customs, arts and has its own identity.
Hue cuisine has become a symbolic mark of Vietnamese culinary culture. It is not only the precious heritage of the Hue people and the Vietnamese people, but it also deserves to be included in the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Hai said.
To be eligible for UNESCO recognition, it is necessary to propose to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to include Hue cuisine in the list of national intangible cultural heritages, he added.
Currently, Hue has over 1,200 dishes, including Bun bo hue (rice vermicelli with beef), sweet Hue soup, spring rolls and hen com, a rice dish with rural ingredients such as small mussels (hen) and fresh herbs.
An intangible cultural heritage is a practice, representation, expression, knowledge or skill, as well as instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces considered by UNESCO as part of the cultural heritage of a place.
Vietnam has 12 intangible cultural heritages recognized by UNESCO.
Hue was the seat of the Nguyen dynasty, the last royal family to rule the country from 1802 to 1945. It is home to royal tombs, ancient palaces and pagodas that attract millions of foreign visitors each year.
Currently, Thua Thien-Hue has five world heirlooms, including Hue Complex of Monuments, Nha nhac or Royal Court Music in Hue, Nguyen Dynasty Wooden Blocks, Nguyen Dynasty Documents, and Literature on the royal architecture of Hue.