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bún chả cha cha

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Okay there are two more cha’s than necessary.

La la la.

I’m back from a quick trip to Ho Chi Minh City with a few food posts to inspire a lil Vietnam love.


Bún chả is actually a Hanoi speciality but when we heard the words ‘I know this great hole in the wall’ we were all about it. No matter that we weren’t in Hanoi. So here’s what you get if you order yourself some: heaping plates of lettuce, bean sprouts, basil, cilantro and next to that a giant heaping plate of vermicelli rice noodles. Let’s zoom in on that bowl down there.


They have this metal contraption thingy that looks like a chimney with a little rectangle cut out the bottom. Patties of minced pork as well as slices of pork are sandwiched into a metal rack and then cooked right up in the fire. The result is deliciousy smoky, fatty pork that is swimming in a bowl of fish sauce and young papaya. Throw in some of those veggies/herbs, grab a chopstick full of noodles, and fish out some of those papaya slices. HELLO. Yums.

Where is this place? I have no freakin’ clue. I meant to take a picture of the sign but was sidetracked by the mosquito feast that was happening during my bún chả feast. But now you know – eat yourself some bún chả when you get a chance.



Written by joann

September 10, 2009 at 11:34 pm

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