Hanoi Grilled Pork Vermicelli – ‘Bún Chả’ Hanoi

hanoi grilled pork vermicelli

I. Hanoi Grilled Pork Vermicelli – The Introduction

Hanoi grilled pork vermicelli, well known as ‘bún chả’, is a famous local food in Hanoi and it is often thought to originate from Hanoi. This delicious dish consists of grilled fatty pork, white rice noodle, local herbs and dipping sauce/broth. You can find a ‘bún chả’ with ease everywhere, from street vendors to big restaurants.

‘Bún chả’ is a food creation with rice noodle as a main ingredient. Unlike Pho, Hanoi grilled pork vermicelli is thinner and has the vermicelli shape – “bún”. In order to eat ‘bún chả’, you just need to dip the noodles into the sauce flavoured with fresh herbs, garlic, sliced papaya, and red chili.     

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1. Ingredients And Types Of Hanoi Grilled Pork Vermicelli

‘Bún chả’ in Hanoi is the mixture of a few elements, including pork, greens, noodles, garlic and fish sauce. Diners can add chili to the dipping sauce. Besides, you do not forget two favourite ingredients, spring rolls and grilled pork (cha) because they are the main components that give this dish extra flavour and texture.

‘Bún chả’ Hanoi is made up of lots of ingredients, including:

  • Meat: minced pork and sliced pork
  • Rice vermicelli
  • Dipping sauce: The mixture of fish sauce, vinegar, sugar, lemon juice, stock, chilli, crushed garlic, etc.
  • Pickled vegetables: carrots, green papaya, onion, kohlrabi
  • Fresh herbs: Láng basil, cabbage, rice paddy herb (ngổ), Vietnamese balm (kinh giới), beansprout.
  • Side dishes: crushed chilli, crushed garlic, sliced limes, vinegar, and grinded pepper.

You can choose to add fresh herbs directly into the broth or add them to the building of your bowl. You can also order an accompanying side of pork spring rolls (chả giò) or crab spring rolls ( nem cua bể), which you can wrap in larger herbs’ leaves, slice into your noodles, or just eat on the side.

2. Standards Of Hanoi Grilled Pork Vermicelli

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The “chả” has to be well-grilled, and the dipping sauce has to be light but packed with flavour. Serve with fresh noodles and herbs, this dish is really delicious and tasty, drawing together a great combination of textures and flavours. You can add chili flakes and some other condiments, if wanted, but even by itself it is just right.

II. Hanoi Grilled Pork Vermicelli – Where To Eat In Hanoi

‘Bún chả’ is thought to have one way to process, but each of restaurants can give a different flavor. If you want to eat ‘bún chả’ in Hanoi, there are many choices for you to make. Let’s join the street food tour Hanoi to try any of the following ‘bún chả’ restaurants in Hanoi:

1. ‘Bún chả’ Obama On Le Van Huu Street

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‘Bún chả’ Huong Lien or ‘bún chả’ Obama is a well-known name in the community as one of the best destinations to sell ‘bún chả’ in Hanoi. After the drop-in Of U.S President Obama, ‘bún chả’ Huong Lien has become famous to the world’s restaurants. You may hear that they have changed the food menu to include a set of ‘bún chả’ Obama. The Obama set includes a bowl of ‘bún chả’, one drink of your choice, fresh herbs as well as a big piece of crab spring roll.

Actually, it has been long famous to the locals and tourists in Hanoi since 1993. This restaurant is very famous due to its delicious soup and well-fried crab spring rolls. This restaurant has a delicious sauce taste that is a mixture of sugar and vinegar. And, the grilled pork is soft combined with strong taste of grilled onion, creating delicious “cha”. Apart from grilled pork and slice meat, eaters can order 1-2 more “Nem cua be” (sea-crab spring roll) in order to serve with ‘bún chả’. The sea-scab spring roll has a crispy cover while its inner meat is sweet-smelling.

  • Address: 24 Le Van Huu Street
  • Opening Time: 10:00 a.m – 7:00 p.m
  • Pricing: 40.000 – 60.000 VND
2. ‘Bún chả’ Hanoi On Hang Than Street

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‘Bún chả’ Tuyet on Hang Than street is a great destination for eaters who want to enjoy this dish. A set of ‘bún chả’ here looks great because rice noodle, “cha” and local herbs are set in a clean tray. Although it is located in the old quarters, but a set of ‘bún chả’ here is so cheap and reasonable, about 2 USD. A bowl of cha consists of 4-5 minced and grilled meat, and about 10 grilled slice meat. Both types of “cha” are grilled moderately, so they taste sweet and soft. Especially, the minced meat is covered with blumea lanceolaria (a kind of natural herb), so it has impressive and tasty flavour. Besides, its sauce is a great mixture of salt, vinegar and sugar. Also, it serves “nem” (spring roll) with price of 0.4 USD/ piece.

  • Address: 34 Hang Than Street
  • Opening Time: 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m
  • Pricing: 40.000 – 48.000 VND
3. ‘Bún Chả’ Bach Mai

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If you want to enjoy a very special ‘bún chả’ with special flavor and “delay” serving, you can try visiting this destination. At here, you need to wait until “cha” can be grilled well on charcoal. With its short time opening, you need to be patient for a well-done ‘bún chả’ set here.

When you get a set of ‘bún chả’, you will see that noodle, sauce, herbs and “cha” are served separately. The meat is well- grilled on the bamboo stick, so it has a special fragrant and attractive look.

  • Address: 123 Bach Mai Street
  • Opening Time: 2:00 p.m – 3:30 p.m
  • Pricing: 40.000 VND
4. ‘Bún chả’ Dac Kim On Hang Manh Street

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When it comes to Hanoi grilled pork vermicelli, ‘bún chả’ Dac Kim may be one of the best restaurants for eaters who want to enjoy ‘bún chả’. Located on Hang Manh Street, this destination has been familiar for many foreign tourists. Its location is quite small, so eaters have to sit on small chairs on the sweet pavement or move to the second floor. Especially, the meat includes both lean and fat type while the fish sauce, garlic, and onion must be at high quality. And, the mixture is grilled on the charcoal, hence creating a great fragrant. Each ‘bún chả’ set is served with lots of meat. This restaurant is crowded by eaters and is known as one of the icons of Hanoi food.

  • Address: 1 Hang Manh Street
  • Opening Time: 8:30 a.m – 9:00 p.m
  • Pricing: 50.000- 150.000 VND
5. ‘Bún chả’ Hanoi On Hang Quat Street

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Like other ‘bún chả’ restaurants in Hanoi, “cha” here includes minced meat and slice meat and many eaters love slice meat here because slice meat is thin and well- grilled. Also, “cha” is in quite dark color due to the color of sugar sauce. Besides, due to the sugar sauce deeply soaking into the slice meat combined with fish sauce, a set of ‘bún chả’ here is very impressive.

  • Address: 74 Hang Quat Street
  • Opening Time: 9:30 a.m – 2:00 p.m
  • Pricing: 30.000 VND

Today, in Hanoi, there are many restaurants where sell Hanoi grilled pork vermicelli – ‘bún chả’ Hà Nội. Therefore, if you have a chance to come to Hanoi or if you want to enjoy a local food in Vietnam, you can try ‘bún chả’ and you will never regret about your choice.

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