A Food Lover's Travel Guide to the Best of Vietnamese Food

Bun Cha

Hanoi Style Grilled Pork and Noodles

Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, is a nirvana of delicious food, but this is the dish that you will probably remember the most. Bún chả could be classified as a soup, or maybe even a salad. It depends on how it's served and how you choose to eat it. A plate of vermicelli noodles are accompanied by a bowl of liquid with pickled radish, pickled carrot, and tasty pork floating in it. The pork is grilled pork belly (basically thick bacon), and grilled meatballs. Pretty much the two most delicious things to come out of any animal. The broth is sweet and a bit sour -- a combination of vinegar, sugar, and fish sauce. It makes the pork taste almost candied. Grab a chopstick-full of noodles and dip it in the sauce, or drop it in, then eat it along with the pork. Sometimes there isn't enough sauce to actually call it a broth, sometimes it actually just looks like a soup. It doesn't really matter what you call it though, it's about how it tastes. De-li-cious. Don't leave Hanoi without trying this. You may struggle to find it in other Vietnamese cities. If you do spot it outside of Hanoi, it may be called bún chả Hà Nội.

Where To Find It:

Ho Chi Minh City
Bun Saigon - 73 Lý Tự Trọng, District 1
Bun Cha Ha Noi or Hanoi Style Grilled Pork and Noodles