Vermicelli and grilled chopped meat – Bún Chả is a dish with noodles, grilled pork rolls on charcoal and a bowl of sweet and sour fish sauce. The dish originating from Northern Vietnam, is the most durable gift of Hanoi, so it can be considered as one of the typical specialties of Hanoi cuisine.
Bún Chả is the quintessential Vietnamese dish – simple, quick to eat and mouth-wateringly tasty. As a popular dish in Vietnam, Bún Chả is the combination of the spices to create a very harmonious dish, fits the delicious shown ingenuity cook.
Bún is the vermicelli noodle and Chả is the fatty grilled pork, throw in a fish sauce dip and a liberal array of fresh herbs. As one of the best street food in Hanoi, each vendor has their own style when making the sauce for Bun Cha but mainly is the meat served in the dipping sauce which is created with a mixture of fish sauce, vinegar, some sugar, crushed garlic, and slices of green mango and carrots. Fresh herbs are a great part of Vietnamese cuisine and add a lot to the flavour. You will soon find your favourite so experiment a bit at first.
Still, Bún Chả signs were easy enough to spot when we were prowling around the Old Quarter of Hanoi near Hoan Kiem Lake, looking for brunch.
Where to eat
1. Dac Kim – No 1 Hang Manh, Hoan Kiem Dist.
2. 34 Hang Than, Hoan Kiem Dist.
3. 59 Hang Ma, Hoan Kiem Dist.
For those who are not comfortable with eating this popular food on the street, Bún Chả is also available in Madam Yen Restaurant which is as delicious as on the street yet much hygiene.