To Bun Cha, to Bun Cha
There’s something to be said about doing one thing, and doing it properly. Pick something simple, and excel at it. That’s why there is no menu at Bun Cha, because, true to its namesake, it only serves just that – one thing, simply and perfectly executed. The hard work is done, and all that’s left to do is pull up a little plastic stool and tuck in. Crispy spring rolls, piles of fresh herbs, roast pork belly, grilled pork patties, vermicelli noodles, sweet dipping sauce, crushed garlic and sprinklings of chilli make for a superlative spread. Eat it however you like – a little bit of noodle, a little bit of soup, play with the proportions and get frisky with the mint – bun cha is nothing if not a party.
This place doesn’t pretend to be modest, the staff are clearly here to make bun cha, not here to make friends. They know they are good, and they get a quite cheeky with the pricing system because of it. But when you’re the queen of bun cha, you’re allowed to be a little bit audacious.
1 Hang Manh Street
Tru Bach, Hanoi
(There are plenty of other cheaper places around, this one definitely embraces the ‘charge foreigners far more’ pricing scheme that Vietnamese people seem oh so fond of, though the portions are gigantous and the bun cha superb)