Bun Cha (Bún chả); Grilled pork with noodles

Bun Cha(Bún chả); Grilled pork with noodles

Bun Cha or Grilled pork noodle, Vietnamese food
Bun Cha or Grilled pork noodle, Vietnamese food

Bun Cha is Vietnamese grilled pork served with rice noodles, pickled vegetables and herbs. The dish originates from Hanoi. This is my favorite dish in Vietnam so far. We went back to this place twice for Bun Cha in just one week. Believe it or not I ate the whole thing! It's so good that it can always put a smile on my face when I eat it, no matter how hungry and exhausted I am from walking all over the Old Quarter. As a matter of fact, Bun Cha was President Obama's favorite dish during his historic visit to Vietnam too.

Each Bun Cha is a little different, based on the shop's secret family recipes, but the main ingredients are the same. The server brought us one bowl filled with two types of grilled pork and pickled vegetables in a savory broth, and one plate piled high with noodles. They also brought out a bowl of fresh herbs, which are optional to add to your soup as you eat it.

Bun Cha looked confusing at first! I have to admit that I had to pull out my phone and sneak a look on Google to learn how to eat it on our first day. So here are some tips! You put all of the ingredients into the soup and then just eat it like a bowl of noodles. 

It's not too much to say that Bun Cha fixed my exhausted day! :)

p.s. Be prepared to see lots of litter on the floor - it's the custom in Hanoi to sweep the trash off your table and toss it onto the floor when you are finished eating. I guess it makes for easy clean up!

Location: near Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton) Museum