Possibly the most delicious food available to Vietnamese people, bun cha is the lunch of choice all over Hanoi.
Pork patties and slices of pork belly are grilled over hot coals and served with fish sauce, tangy vinegar, sugar and lime, which, when combined, creates a sort of barbecue soup that is eaten with rice vermicelli and fresh herbs. Accompanied by deep-fried spring rolls, this calorically rich dish is served with garlic and chilies on the side for an extra kick.
Where to eat
Bun cha is my favourite lunch dish of all – barbecued pork in a sweet and sour soup with bun noodles and herbs on the side. We tried it in many different forms and many different places. My favourite, apart from the one we made ourselves during our cooking class with Hidden Hanoi, was the first one we visited on the street food tour, Bun Cha Nem Cua Be which came with lots of fresh veggies and herbs and juicy spring rolls. Another favourite came from Com Viet Nam, 2 Au Trieu Hanoi, a little closer to the old town and which happened to be just a lucky find we stumbled across. They serve around four other dishes which all looked pretty tasty too.