- Posted October 8, 2012 by
Grilled pork and rice noodle
Visitors who could try this dish for even once also find an unforgettable impression! There are many famous restaurants serving bún chả in Hanoi, such as those on Hang Manh street and Nguyen Khuyen street (formerly Sinh Tu street).
Previously, bún chả used to be a dish sold by street vendors, rather than in restaurants Most of the vendors were young girls from suburban or outer areas of the city, carrying a bamboo frame on their shoulders for the 2 baskets of ingredients, and walking around the city crying for sale. Many of them had patrons, who stayed inside the house and waited for certain vendors to come, and therefore those girls could finish their daily sales quite quickly after only a few walks. These girls often wore black pants, Dong Lam brown tunic, a flap, waist bag, towel rolled on long shiny hair, and especially all of them walking on barefoot. The grilled meat gives a good smell whenever the vendor comes, helping her make a silent cry for sales that diners easily notice.
For one serving, the vendor would place the food on a small flat basket, or nep, and then brought the basket of food to the diner. Some people enjoyed the meal inside, while others sat on the sidewalk, next to the vendor to eat and had a nice chat with her. One nep of bún chả includes a bowl of dipping sauce to contain the grilled meat, rice noodle, and raw and herbal vegetables.
The dipping sauce, which is the heart of the meal, is wonderfully mixed into a picky brown, light yellow tasty liquid, while the grilled patties of minced pork or slices of belly meat, generally referred to as chả, are put into the sauce. Some chili and pepper are also added to make the food even more delicious.
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