Bun cha

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Bun cha

Introduction

Bun cha-traditional food in Hanoi has a unique delicious taste, an indispensable food when talking to Hanoi cuisine. Bun cha is one of the top 5 special foods that tourists should try when coming Vietnam. Bun cha is basically a noodle soup with pork. You’ll be served by a plate of rice noodles, fresh herbs, and a bowl of cold broth with grilled pork. The rice noodles and fresh herbs are pretty common in Vietnamese restaurant. The broth and the pork are the ones make this dish unique.

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Bun cha-traditional food in Hanoi has a unique delicious taste

How to make it

Bun cha has two kinds of grilled chopped meat: tiny grilled pork patties (cha vien) and fatty pork slices (cha mieng).

Cha vien is made of chopped pork mixed with salt, pepper, shrimp sauce, sugar, minced dry onion, vegetable oil or fat and then kneaded into small balls. After mixing it all together, visitors can add some oil if it is dry. If the visitors wish, they can roll it in banana leaf and then grill to make it more fragrant. Lean meat is a good choice because it is more delicious and tenderer than other kinds.

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Cha vien is made of chopped pork mixed with salt, pepper, shrimp sauce, sugar

After that, it will be placed on the grate and grilled on the charcoal stove. The dish should be served with light fish sauce broth perked up with small slices of pickled green papaya and carrot. A basket of fresh herbs and vegetable including small lettuces, bean spouts, curled shredded morning glory, stems, cilantro, or some combination of minty, spicy Vietnamese herbs accompany the sauce.