D: So we finally got our Bun Cha fix – although not in north Vietnam (eg. Hanoi) where it is both popular and supposed to be the best since it is a northern dish. Bun Cha is a lunchtime dish and a good fod description as well as raeview of different establishments serving bun cha is available at http://noodlepie.typepad.com/blog/2004/04/bun_cha.html written by a lover of Bun Cha.
Dragged T across town to try Ho Tay and it was worth the slog. Luckily we got there about 10 minutes before it closed otherwise there would have been bitterness all around. Basically, Bun Cha consists of grilled pork and tasty meatballs served with fresh rice noodles and a plate of fresh greens. It comes with a tasty clear sauce and you mix all the ingredients together any which way you like with pickled garlic and other condiments available on the table in case you want to kick it up a notch. Normally people also order nem ran (fried rice paper spring rolls filled with crab meat etc) which you also dip in the clear sauce. Looking around at the other customers, the shrimp chips were popular so we ordered one (of course). Clusters of matchstick ?potato with tiny shrimps (head, shell and all) – fried and of course delicious. If you are in HCMC – go there.
Quan Ho Tay at 20B Tran Cao Van
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam