Bun cha” (Grilled Pork with Rice Vermicelli), one of Hanoi’s most lovable dishes, has received worldwide recognition after being featured on the show Parts Unknown, in which former US President Barack Obama and the host Anthony Bourdain enjoyed this dish together. Let’s find out more about this food bomb with Silk Path!

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Usually, there are three components to this dish: a bowl of grilled thinly sliced pork belly and/or minced pork patties served in light dipping sauce with pickled veggies, a plate of rice noodles, along with a basket of fresh herbs such as perilla leaves, coriander, and lettuce.

There are numerous varieties but “Bun cha Hanoi” makes up different memories for this dish as many people believe that the Capital City is its origin. Along with “Pho”, “Bun cha” also stands for Hanoi’s stunning cuisine culture which is the perfect combination of rice products, meat, veggie, spices, and local special dipping sauce.

“Bun cha” can be easily found in the hustling corners of Hanoi, from elegant restaurants to simple street vendors in narrow streets, available for all main daily meals. However, the dish is a perfect option when it comes to lunchtime in the Capital City when the mouth-watering scent of grilled pork pervades the ancient streets, which tempts any hungry stomach after a busy half a day.

Silk Path’s top choices

Bun cha Hang Quat

  • Address: 74 Hang Quat Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
  • Opening hours: 10.00 AM – 2.00 PM
  • From Silk Path Boutique: 1km

Bun cha 34

  • Address: 34 Hang Than Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
  • Opening hours: 7.00 AM – 5.00 PM
  • From Silk Path Hotel Hanoi: 1.8km 

Bun cha Obama

  • Address: 24 Le Van Huu Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
  • Opening hours: 8.00 AM – 8.00 PM 
  • From Silk Path Boutique Hanoi: 1.1km

Photos: Heritage – Vietnam Airlines, Bep Xua