In Saigon, you can choose bún chả (Grilled pork ball with vermicelli), roast duck, crab paste soup, etc. with characteristic tastes of northern plains.
Bun Dau Mam Tom (Noodle with fried tofu and shrimp sauce)
If eating right on the street, you will be served “bun dau” in a medium-size tray, with everything on it. Just squeeze some drops of kumquat to your sauce, dip rice noodles, piece of tofu or ham into the sauce, and don’t forget the herbs. The simple combination of various flavors: hot, tasty tofu, cold, fresh noodles, strong, spicy, sour, a bit sweet dip sauce and nicely smell from herbal Vietnamese balm, etc. makes “bun dau” very unique, especially in the cold weather in Hanoi. Currently, this dish is very popular in Saigon.
Besides famous stores such as Hong Ha, A Vung, Co Khan, Lam Bo, etc., tourists can visit a store at Cau Go (Phan Xich Long street, Phu Nhuan district), Trang An (Hoang Dieu street, district 4). It costs VND 30,000- 50,000/ course depending on side dishes.
Bun Cha (Grilled pork ball with vermicelli)
Bun cha has two types: pork balls and pork pieces. They are grilled on coat fire. Grilled pork meat is served with vermicelli and raw vegetable. The dish is served in two bowls: one for vermicelli and the other for dipping sauce together with grilled pork balls, green carrot, papaya, etc.
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Hanoi bun cha is sold on many districts on Ho Chi Minh city. Famous stores are located on Ly Tu Trong street, Ly Chinh Thang street, Vo Van Tan street, Bach Dang street, Hoang Dieu street, etc. at the price of VND 25,000- 40,000/ course.
Roasted duck in Northern style is added with mắc mật leaves. This kind of leave will be added inside the duck’s stomach and then it is sutured and fixed by a skewer. Ducks are roasted on hot char coal within one or two hours. Then, the taste of mắc mật leaves is absorbed from the inside out and spreads around. The dipping sauce is prepared from fish sauce, minced garlic, chili, etc. and served with basil and cucumber.
You can find this dish at Huynh Tan Phat street (district 7), Bach Dang street (Tan Binh district), etc. at the price of VND 150,000/duck.
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