Bun Cha - Kebab Rice Noodles is a unique dish thought to originate in Hanoi. Many tourists visit the capital city to savor the taste of Bun Cha. Even Former President Obama tried this authentic dish on his official visit to Vietnam in 2016. Let’s find out Top 7 places to enjoy Bun Cha in Hanoi with Go Viet Trip.
Bun Cha consists of 3 main parts: Bun (rice vermicelli) (Cha Grilled pork). There are 2 kinds of Cha minced pork (Chả Viên) and thinly sliced pork (Chả Miếng).
Local people use pork belly to make Chả Miếng, which it makes not too dry and fat. Cha Vien Ball rolls are molded into small round blocks, seasoned with spices, and grilled.
Bun Cha is delicious or not is belong the dipping sauce is mixed with sour, spicy, salty, and sweet with fish sauce, vinegar, sugar, garlic, chili.
It is not only for your mouth but also for the eyes. It often comes with pickled papaya and carrot, which are shaped like tiny flowers. The amber-colored fish sauce, the light green papaya, orange carrot, everything combines to capture your attention.
Bun Cha can eat at any time, but Hanoians usually eat bun cha for lunch, you can add more chili, and fresh garlic. Do not forget to order some fried spring rolls to make it super good.
Bun Cha will be eating with various green vegetables, herbs such as lettuce, bean sprouts, coriander... Please pick up a little vermicelli and dip it into a bowl of dipping sauce filled with grilled meat, add raw vegetables and enjoy the harmonious flavor that spreads and is very Yummy.
There are many Bun Cha restaurants in Hanoi and visitors can easy to find one, price range from 2USD to – 6USD
Address: 34 Hang Than, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
If you stay in the Old Quarter, you can try the authentic Bun Cha Hanoi at Bun Cha Hang Than. A complete set of Bun Cha is placed on a tray, which looks great for a photo. It opens from 10 am to 4 pm and note that it will get very crowded at noon.
Look very Yummy
Address: 24 Le Van Huu street, Hai Ba Trung district, Hanoi
Bun Cha Huong Lien became famous overnight when Former President Obama dropped in to have Bun Cha on his business trip to Vietnam. It was even called Bun Cha Obama since then. Bun Cha here tastes good with a perfectly balanced sweet-sour dipping sauce.
Former President Barack Obama enjoyed Bun Cha
Address: 213 Bach Mai Street, Hai Ba Trung district, Hanoi
At Bun Cha Bach Mai, Cha is well-grilled on a bamboo stick. It looks mouth-watering with a sweet fragrance. However, I do not recommend this place for impatient visitors or anyone in a rush. You will have to wait for a while until you can finally have a taste.
Adding more chili and fresh garlic to make it better
Address: No. 1 Hang Manh, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
This place was established in 1965 and went under the same name for decades. It is pretty small and always packed with tourists sitting on plastic stools on the pavement, waiting for a delicious bowl of Bun Cha.
Address: 64B Quan Su Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Address: 114A1 Giang Vo Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Address: No 57 Xuan La Street, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
Bun Cha Sinh Tu is the most successful chain of shops specializing in Hanoi. Welcoming thousands of guests every day is probably enough to say the position of Bun Cha Sinh Tu in the hearts of Ha Thanh diners. From the first shop on Sinh Tu Street (now Nguyen Khuyen) until now, Bun Cha Sinh Tu has had 14 stores in Hanoi. Delicious, cheap, fast service style, these are the advantages that attract a lot of visitors.
This place attracts a lot of visitors every day
Address: 23 Bat Su Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Bun Cha Bat Su is an attractive address for those living in the Hoan Kiem area. Visiting the old quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake, you can quickly turn to Bat Su Street to enjoy it.
A typical bowl of vermicelli at Bun Cha Bat Su costs 40,000 VND. Compared to the common ground in the old town, this price is entirely acceptable—a bowl of Bun Cha Bat Su vermicelli with a lot of vermicelli and a lot of meat. The taste is quite palatable and delicious.
The price here is very suitable
Address: 41 Cua Dong, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
What makes Bun Cha here unique is the fact that the pork is grilled with betel leaf for a pungent smell. The price is reasonable, and eaters get plenty of Cha (meat) in one set. That is why Cua Dong holds great appeal for both locals and tourists.
Please note that this prepares for 4 to 5 people
a) For grilled pork:
1 lb minced pork meat
3.5 tablespoons delicious fish sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon ground pepper
5-6 minced purple onions
4-6 cloves of garlic, minced
b) Dipping sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons vinegar
200 ml of water
Garlic, minced chili
Thinly sliced papaya and carrot
Fresh herbs (lettuce, cilantro, perilla, etc.)
Step 1: Make the sauce
Add all ingredients in one bowl including 3.5 tbsp fish sauce, 2 tbsp oyster sauce, 3 tbsp color/stock, 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp, 2 teaspoons seasoning, 1 teaspoon ground pepper, 5-6 minced purple onions, 1 garlic, minced to make the sauce.
Step 2: Marinated pork
Clean the lean meat and cut it into small pieces.
add all the ingredients along with the sauce into one bowl. Mix well and marinate it for at least 30 minutes or preferably for about 2 hours.
Step 3: Grilled the meat
After the meat is soaked in seasoning, the lean meat is molded into bite-sized pieces, the bacon is clamped on a bamboo stick and then grilled on both sides.
Step 4: Make the dipping sauce and pickles
Prepare a small bowl and mix together: 3 tablespoons of sugar, 5 tablespoons of delicious fish sauce, 2 tablespoons of cooled boiled water, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, ½ teaspoon of vinegar, and stir well, add carrots, kohlrabi washed, peeled, and thinly sliced into a bowl.
Step 5: Enjoy Bun Cha
Now you put some meatballs into the dipping sauce and serve it with vermicelli noodles and a basket of vegetables and herbs.
Besides Pho, Banh mi, Bun Cha Hanoi is a specialty that cannot be missed when coming to the capital. Above are the top 7 delicious Bun Cha restaurants in Hanoi. Visitors also can book a Hanoi street food tour to enjoy the more famous street foods of the capital.
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Author Hoan Nguyen
He has over 10 years of experience working in the tourism sector and operator. He has traveled to many places in Vietnam and around the world.
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