On the trail of one of the capital’s favourite dishes, Huyen Tran checks out some of Hanoi’s best bun cha. But this is not the dish as you know it. Photos by Julie Vola


As staple as banh mi, bun cha is Hanoians’ regular choice for lunch, even dinner or breakfast. Local people joke that if tourists miss bun cha during their first visit to Hanoi, that trip doesn’t count.

Tourist guidebooks suggest that the only place to get bun cha in Hanoi is Bun Cha Hang Manh from the Dac Kim label. But this is far from the truth. Working from the traditional recipe of pork grilled over charcoal in garlic-laced nuoc mam or fish sauce, together with vermicelli and herbs, the various tastes and versions of bun cha offered by hundreds of street-side eateries will definitely surprise you.


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Huyen Tran

Huyen Tran is a Vietnamese freelance writer at Word Vietnam. Proud of her motherland and believing that the country has a lot of potential and charm that remains untapped, she is continuously involved in jobs that showcase Vietnam's people & culture, as well as promising economic growth. Her work may not create huge impact, but she holds firm to her belief in the future of Vietnam.

Website: huyeentraanviet.wordpress.com

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