Why Bun Cha?[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text]Bun cha is the quintessential Vietnamese dish – simple, quick to eat, mouth-wateringly tasty and surprisingly healthy. ‘Bun’ is the vermicelli noodle and ‘Cha’ is the pork. The pork is typically placed into a metal grate then singed over a charcoal fire before being thrown into a tasty mixture of sweetened fish sauce with thinly sliced papaya and carrots. Add to that a generous side plate of uncooked fresh herbs, and you’re on the road to success. The meal is usually rounded off with a portion of ‘nem’ – fried spring rolls, and a cold glass of tra da (iced green tea) helps to wash it all down.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text]
Where to order?[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text]Just grab a seat – don’t wait to be seated. If the place you gonna eat Bun Ch is busy (usually are), then, you may ask the owner to get a seat for you. This is street food and things move quickly -so you won’t be waiting for long.
Once you have your seat, it’s time to order!
- How many? One or two? (motor hai) If all else fails, just hold up the right number of fingers.
- You just need to say bun (pronounced “boon) cha.
- If you would like fried spring rolls, just ask for nem and use your numbers again.
- You can also order your drink – tra da, or iced green tea, is a must-have with Bun Cha!
Order in Vietnamese:
“Hai Bun Cha, hai Nem, hai Tra Da” means “Two Bun Cha, two Rolls, two Iced Tea”[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text]
Eating Bun Cha[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text]The dish comes in three parts – the meat served in the fish sauce mixture, cold noodles on a separate plate and a bowl of fresh herbs. 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.
- Add a pinch of herbs to your bowl and some chili if you like a bit of heat. As with all street food dishes, the chili (fresh or sauce) is kept separate so -so it’s only spicy if you make it that way!
- Tear off some noodles with your chop sticks and dip them in the sauce – don’t try and fit them all in the bowl at once!
- If you have ordered nem you can also dip them in the sauce.
How Much does a Bun Cha cost?[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text]Expect to pay between 25,000 – 45,000 VND for a portion of Bun Cha, Nem and a Tra Da.
If you want to experience Hanoi’s street food there is no better way than taking a Vietnam tours that includes a street food tour. Starting at 5 PM and your local tour guide will show you the ropes and a whole host of dishes![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][/vc_column][/vc_row]