Bún Chả is one of the most popular Hanoi street food that one should not miss. There are lots of them in every street corner however a friend recommended us to go have Bún Chả in Hang Manh. The lady in our hotel also said that this is the best place to get Bún Chả.
What is Bún Chả? Bún means white rice noodles while Chả means grilled pork. So basically, it’s grilled barbequed pork patties with white rice noodles and herbs with vinaigrette (fish sauce, vinegar, sliced papaya, chili and lime.) The vinaigrette is a little bit sweet. Bun Cha is also paired with Nem Cua Be (spring rolls). Their spring rolls are made of crab meat, pork, egg white, noodles, mushrooms and carrots.
We only walked around 15 – 20 minutes from our hotel at the Old Quarter. When we entered the restaurant, we were asked to sit at the third floor because the second floor was already full. At the entrance, one can already see how the Bun Cha is prepared so I decided to take a picture of them after eating.
When you’re going to this place, make sure that you are hungry because they serve one bowl of pork patties, another bowl of vinaigrette with pork in it and per person. They serve the plateful of noodles, vegetables and spring rolls on the side so feel free to get more if you want. Good thing we have not eaten heavy breakfast when we went there for lunch so we could have carbo and meat loading.
So when we arrived to our table, the noodles and vegetables were already there so they’ll just have to ask how many you are in your group and give you bowls of Cha and spring rolls. Some of them can speak English, I guess because this place is already popular among tourists and locals.
How does it taste like? It was like pork heaven! The pork patties were really very tasty and soaking it in the vinaigrette was the best thing ever done! The spring rolls were also very good! One of the best I had while in the northern part of Vietnam. The vinaigrette was a little bit sweet and sour at the same time which was perfect. I wish I bought Vietnamese fish sauce so that I could do it at home. I guess I can find something here in Manila and try to replicate the Bun Cha.
In this restaurant, they charge the Bun Cha per person. I read in some blogs that the cost will be different if a local eat there (I think they only charge half for locals). All in all, we paid VND 220,000 (approximately PHP 470.00, including 1 bottled water, 2 cans of soft drink). Sorry we didn’t get the charge per person but I am guessing that it’s VND 75,000 – 80,000 (approx. PHP 158.00 – 169.00).
Bún Chả Dac Kim
No. 1, Hang Manh Street,
Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am-7pm