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

Bun Thit Nuong

Grilled Pork and Vermicelli

A very popular dish in Vietnam, Bún thịt nướng (or Bún Chả in the north part of Vietnam) is the perfect balance of sweet, sour, and salt. Add a little bit of heat and I don't see why you'd ever want to eat anything else. A bed of cool vermicelli noodles sits underneath grilled pork, a fried spring roll, Thai basil, mint, and vegetables -- usually đồ chua (pickled carrot and daikon), lettuce, cucumber, and bean sprouts. Sometimes chopped peanuts are sprinkled on top. It's always served with a generous portion of Vietnam's favourite condiment, nước chấm (a fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, chilli pepper, garlic combo). The amount of nuoc cham you add depends on your taste and on how the pork turned out. If it's too salty you'll want to balance it out with more nuoc cham.

Where To Find It:

Ho Chi Minh City
Nam Giao - 136/15 Lê Thánh Tôn, District 1
Bun thit nuong or grilled pork and vermicelli