Bun cha

Bún chả (Vietnamese: [ɓǔn ca᷉ː]) is a Vietnamese dish of grilled pork and noodle, which is thought to have originated from Hanoi, Vietnam.[1] Bún chả is served with grilled fatty pork (chả) over a plate of white rice noodle (bún) and herbs with a side dish of dipping sauce. The dish was described in 1959 by Vietnamese food writer Vu Bang (1913–1984), who described Hanoi as a town "transfixed by bún chả." Hanoi's first bún chả restaurant was on Gia Ngư, Hoàn Kiếm District, in Hanoi's Old Quarter.[2][3][4]

Bún Chả
Place of originVietnam
Region or stateHanoi
Main ingredientsRice vermicelli, grilled pork, fresh herbs, nước chấm

Bún chả originated and remains very popular in Hanoi and throughout Vietnam. A very similar dish of rice vermicelli and grilled meat was invented in Southern Vietnam, called bún thịt nướng, which uses skewered meat in place of the grilled porkballs.

Bún Chả Hương Liên restaurant in Hanoi became famous after United States President Barack Obama dropped in for bún chả with Chef Anthony Bourdain while he was on his trip to Vietnam in May 2016.[5]


Meat being grilled for bun cha

Bún chả is made up of many ingredients, which include:[6]

  1. Meat: minced pork shoulder to make meatballs, pork belly.
  2. Rice vermicelli
  3. Dipping sauce: diluted fish sauce with sugar, lemon juice, vinegar, stock, crushed garlic, chilli, etc.
  4. Pickled vegetables: green papaya (or carrots, onion, kohlrabi).
  5. Fresh herbs: cabbage, Láng basil, rice paddy herb (ngổ), beansprout, Vietnamese balm (kinh giới).
  6. Side dishes: crushed garlic, crushed chilli, vinegar, ground pepper, sliced limes.

As a distinct dish of Hanoi

Bún chả and crab spring rolls in Hàng Mành street, Hanoi

Bún chả is usually eaten at noon. This is a unique feature of Hanoi's culinary culture.[7] However, nowadays, there are also some restaurants selling bún chả for all day.

See also


  1. Daniel Hoyer (194), Culinary Vietnam, Gibbs Smith, p. 102, ISBN 978-1-4236-0320-7, retrieved 21 January 2011
  2. Thanh Nien A bún chả that could wake the dead – Resurrecting a dead writer’s dream meal in Ho Chi Minh City 2 March 2012
  3. Ann Lee The Little Saigon Cookbook "Bún chả"
  4. Andrea Nguyen Into the Vietnamese Kitchen "Bún chả"
  5. Bữa tối bất ngờ của Tổng thống Obama trong quán bún chả (Obama's surprise visit to the bun cha restaurant) VnExpress, May 10, 2021.
  6. "How to make Hanoi bun cha" (in Vietnamese). Nghệ thuật ẩm thực. Archived from the original on 22 June 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  7. Chuyện Hà Nội: Bún chả Hà thành Thể thao văn hóa, December 15, 2014.

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