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Bun Mang

Noodle Soup with Bamboo Shoots

You will probably see signs for various types of bún măng in Vietnam. It's a vermicelli noodle soup with chunks of bamboo shoots in it. The bamboo shoots are a bit of an aquired taste. They come dried, not fresh. This means they are soft, not crispy. There is a bit of a funky stink to them, but in the soup they aren't as strong. I'm not a fan of bamboo shoots that come in a can. They are the fresh kind, which I find too pungent, but the dried bamboo in Vietnamese soup I enjoy. The soup will come with a meat (unless it's vegetarian) -- the most popular being duck or chicken, and all parts of the animal may be present (kidney, liver, congealed blood, etc).

Types of bun mang

  • bún măng chả cá - fishcake
  • bún măng chay - vegetarian (there's good chance the broth will have been made with meat though)
  • bún măng gà - chicken
  • bún măng giò heo - pork hock
  • bún măng mọc - pork and mushroom meatballs
  • bún măng sườn - pork ribs
  • bún măng vịt - duck
Bun Mang Vit or Duck and Bamboo Noodle Soup

Bun Mang Vit/Duck and Bamboo Noodle Soup

Bun Mang Ga or Chicken and Bamboo Noodle Soup

Bun Mang Ga/Chicken and Bamboo Noodle Soup