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Vietnamese Foods: Bun Thit Nuong in Ho Chi Minh City

People may know Pho as a Vietnamese rice noodle dish, but that is not the only one in Vietnam. In this Vietnamese food guide, we will introduce you to another type of rice vermicelli and a famous dish using it called “Bun Thit Nuong” (rice vermicelli/noodles with grilled pork).

Origin of Bun Thit Nuong

Bun thit nuong is one of the various variations of Vietnam’s traditional rice noodles. No one knows precisely what inspired the making of this dish, but it has become familiar to many Vietnamese, especially the people in the South. Bun, or rice vermicelli, served with different types of protein, mainly grilled pork, herbs, and fish sauce, instead of putting it in soup, is a typical combination of many dishes in Southern Vietnam. Some people also said Bun thit nuong is a version of Bun cha in Hanoi. The two are similar in the ingredients, but in Bun thit nuong, the fish sauce is much thicker, and people usually mix the rice noodles with fish sauce instead of dipping it in like when eating Bun cha.

Main Ingredients of Bun Thit Nuong

Grilled Pork

Bun thit nuong grilled pork

Each restaurant will have different seasonings for the pork, which is the secret of their delicious Bun thit nuong. After marinating for 1 – 2 hours, the meat will be grilled on a charcoal stove. The mixture’s flavor brings out an unbearably good smell during grilling that attracts you from a long distance.

bun thit nuong ho chi minh grilling 1

Rice Vermicelli

Bun thit nuong rice noodle

Rice vermicelli is made entirely from rice flour, which is common in Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, and other Southeast Asian cuisines.

Pickled Carrot and Radish

Bun thit nuong carrot radish pickles

The carrot and radish pickles are one of many Vietnamese pickles that have become traditional side dishes of many families and reflect the features of their origin region.

The pickles add vibrant colors like red and white to the dish and balance the fat of grilled pork with a bit of a sour touch of vinegar and the freshness of the vegetables.

Other Vegetables and Herbs

Bun thit nuong other vegetables and herbs

These ingredients are typical of many Southern Vietnam rice vermicelli dishes. Julienne cucumber, thinly chopped Vietnamese coriander, basil, and lettuce add a bit of green, freshness, juiciness, and crunchiness.

Sweet Fish Sauce

Bun thit nuong fish sauce

The sweet fish sauce is an integral part. It decides whether the dish is good or not. The person who marries the grilled pork and the one who makes the sauce must be one because these two ingredients make up most of the savory flavor and textures of the dish. The sauce is a mixture of fish sauce, sugar, lime, garlic, chili, and sometimes pepper to enhance the taste.

Fried Spring Roll

Bun thit nuong spring roll

The fried spring roll was a favorite dish in South Vietnam and then brought to the North. It had become an instant hit in Hanoi, and people started to call fried spring roll “Nem Saigon” to remember the actual origin of the dish. The crispy thin layer of rice paper outside and a warm, juicy, soft, meaty filling inside are delicious, but when accompanied by other ingredients of Bun thit nuong, fried spring roll will be a feast for your taste buds.

Scallion Oil and Ground Peanuts

Bun thit nuong green onion ground peanuts 1

A drizzle of green onion oil and ground peanuts on top will make the noodles clump easily and soften the grilled pork. They also add flavors and texture to the delicious dish.

Where to Eat Bun Thit Nuong in Ho Chi Minh City

Bun Thit Nuong Chi Tuyen

Address: 195 Co Giang, District 1
Opening hours: 7 AM – 10 PM
Price: VND 40,000

Vi Sai Gon

Address: 487 Nguyen Tri Phuong, District 10
Opening hours: 10 AM – 9 PM
Price: VND 35,000 – 45,000

Sau Can

Address: 300 Bui Dinh Tuy, Ward 12, Binh Thanh District
Opening hours: 6 AM – 10 PM
Price: VND 25,000

Hai Dang

Address: 145 – 147 Chan Hung, Ward 6, Tan Binh District
Opening hours: 11 AM – 10 PM
Price: VND 20,000 – 25,000

Conclusion on Vietnamese Foods: Bun Thit Nuong in Ho Chi Minh City

Bun thit nuong is not just a popular Vietnamese street food; it is considered a special dish of Vietnam to take part in many Asian festival foods. Tasting it once and you will be amazed at how various flavors can harmonize in this Vietnamese food.

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