Bún Chả – Barbecued Pork with Rice Vermicelli

Bún chả is one of the best Hanoi food specialty not to be missed.

The dish consists of grilled pork strips and balls or chả served over a bed of rice vermicelli noodles or bún. It typically comes with a plate of fresh Vietnamese herbs and a bowl of dipping sauce. Pickled vegetables, like cabbage, carrots, onion or green papaya served with additional meatballs on the side.

Bun cha

Bun cha

Pour some vinegar into the soup. Throw some fresh herbs in. Grab some rice noodles using your chopstick and dip into the soup. Grab the fatty pork along with your noodles. Voila! Your taste buds sing and dance to the rhythm of every slurp.

The sauce is made of the famous Vietnamese fish sauce or Nuoc Mam combined with vinegar, lime, sugar, garlic and chili.

Do you know that President Obama and Anthony Bourdain ate Bún chả together in a restaurant called Bun Cha Huong Lien?

Inside the restaurant, there are many pictures of President Obama. Although the walls are now covered with Obama’s pictures, the cuisine remains the same – local, authentic and delicious. This is one of the best bún chả restaurants in Hanoi.

Obama and Anthony Bourdain ate Bun Cha together

Obama and Anthony Bourdain ate Bun Cha together

The pork balls are slightly fatty, incredibly juicy and tasty. Fresh herbs, noodles dipped into the special sauce, makes for an incredible harmony of flavors. A definite must eat in Hanoi dish!

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