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Among the long list of Vietnamese food is a famous dish known as Bun Bo Hue, and although it may not be as well known throughout the world as pho, I personally, probably like it even better – bun bo Hue is a dish you don’t want to miss eating when you’re in Vietnam (or even at a Vietnamese restaurant). Although bun bo Hue is originally from the city of Hue, located in the central part of Vietnam, you’ll be able to find the dish all over the country, and it’s especially popular throughout Saigon, available as both a street food and at many shophouse style restaurants. Although I haven’t yet been able to taste the bun bo Hue in Hue, when I was in Saigon, I had an amazing time trying it at a restaurant called Bún Bò Huế Chú Há.
Bun bo Hue is a beef based noodle, and at this particular restaurant my bowl of noodles came with a nice handful of spaghetti sized rice noodles at the bottom, topped with a nice hunk of tenderly stewed beef shank (I think that’s what it was), a few slices of beef, some pieces of Vietnamese sausage, and then a scoop of the broth, a rich concentration of beef stock mixed with spices, herbs, and seasoning. Finally, to top things off, my bowl of Vietnamese noodles was finished with a handful of freshly chopped green onions and thinly sliced white onions. Along with a delicious bowl of noodles, one of the coolest features of eating at Bún Bò Huế Chú Há was the clear bowl that the noodles were served in. I have to say that in all my years of eating noodles in Asia, I think this was my first meal served in a clear see-through bowl. It was nice to be able to see all the floating goodies below.
After taking about 10 minutes worth of photos before eating or making this food video, my bowl of noodles was cold. So the kind owner of the restaurant grabbed my bowl, threw out the soup, then re-filled it back up with hot soup, and also added in an extra handful of onions on top. The service and hospitality at this bun bo Hue restaurant, and also for many restaurants I ate at while in Saigon, was extremely kind and generous. Just like nearly all Vietnamese food, one of the best things about eating is all the side vegetables and garnishes, which in this case included a nice plate of lightly blanched bean sprouts, morning glory, and banana flower blossom. Along with the partly cooked vegetables, there was also a nice basket of both sweet basil and sawtooth herb, both of which contributed a nice fresh herb flavor to the noodles. And let’s not forget about those wonderful sliced Vietnamese peppers, not only are they pretty spicy, but they have a nice flavor to them as well.
Ok, so after topping my bowl with all the garnishes, I was ready to dig in. The bun bo Hue was extremely delicious. The noodles were soft, yet slurpy and the broth of the soup was citrusy, lightly spicy (and more so with the extra chilies), and just had a wonderful undertone of long boiled beef stock flavor to it. The pieces of meat included in my bowl were also all delicious, from the sour piece of sausage, to the hunk of beef that literally slid off the bone as I picked it up.
Again, unfortunately I wasn’t able to visit Hue on this trip, but I did have a wonderful time exploring the Vietnamese food available in Saigon, bun bo Hue being widely present and a local favorite not only in Hue, but also in Saigon.
If you’re interested in going to the restaurant I went to, the food is good, the service is wonderful, and it’s located in a nice convenient location pretty close to central Saigon, here are the details: http://migrationology.com/2015/01/bun…
Bún Bò Huế Chú Há
Address: 300 Võ Văn Tần, Phường 5, District 3
Open hours: 6 am – 10 pm daily
Prices: 60,000 Vietnamese Dong, expensive but good sized portion and lots of meat
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