Hanoi Eats: Bun Cha Dac Kim

If you’re ever in Hanoi and looking for somewhere local and authentic to eat, I highly recommend Bun Cha Dac Kim! Crammed, cramped and crazy, the small but multi-storied eatery packs in hungry hordes all there for one reason – their fantastic bun cha!

What is bun cha you’re wondering? Think a clear yet tasty soup, to which you add rice noodles, piles of fresh green herbs, succulent pieces of grilled pork and flavoursome pork mince patties, plus chilli, garlic and other condiments galore, should it not be a tasty enough concoction. Together, the flavours and textures are simply amazing. A side of spring rolls are served with the bun cha, with the casing around Dac Kim’s version akin to pastry – think an Aussie sausage roll…but better!

Bun Cha Dac Kim’s open air kitchen
For more on bun cha, here’s a gushy ode to the delicious dish I just came across: The Bun Cha Obsession. I can see why all the fuss – it really is that good!
Bun Cha Dac Kim, 1 Hang Manh Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi

8 Responses

  1. kristine July 26, 2009 / 3:34 pm

    YUM! That sounds so good.

  2. jen laceda July 26, 2009 / 7:23 pm

    Hmmm, I have to find bun cha here in Toronto!

  3. person within July 27, 2009 / 5:42 am

    wow..sounds real tasty!! need to find an authentic Vietnamese restaurant in Bangalore, India, though I doubt there will be one here.

  4. Vivian July 29, 2009 / 12:38 am

    It looks wonderfully tasty! Vietnamese cuisine is one of my favourites in Asia, and next time i’m on the continent (because there will be a next time!), i’ll definitely visit Vietnam.

  5. megan July 31, 2009 / 11:04 pm

    oh, yum! I am so jealous you can eat this stuff every day! I can’t wait to go back to Asia.

  6. Des August 13, 2009 / 4:38 am

    That looks so good.

  7. Kristina Johnson September 15, 2009 / 10:46 pm

    I ate at this same place when I was there in July! I think it may have been my favorite meal in all of Vietnam. In fact, that’s the “iconic” meal when my husband and I talk about our trip.

  8. Juvens March 10, 2010 / 3:30 pm

    uhh..yummy, i just leave hanoi and already miss a loooot of the street food

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