Bun Bo Hue
While the city of Hue is known for it’s fancy diminutive single bite royal cuisine, those of us spending our time eating on the street are more familiar with the soup that originates from it. We’re talking about Bun Bo Hue. Balance of flavours, usually seen in Vietnamese cuisine, gets thrown out the window with this noodle soup with lemongrass taking center stage in the flavour department.
What is Bun Bo Hue?
It’s all about the broth. Tinged red with annatto seeds, lemongrass and shrimp paste duke it out with oxtail and beef shank bones for good measure. Nuanced flavour? Don’t think so. What you get is a broth that assails your taste buds with heady flavours.
The noodles are cylindrical and has a texture similar to udon. Like pho, there are meat options abound. Depending on the vendor, you can have beef shank, hunks of oxtail, blocks of congealed pigs blood, and pork knuckle.
Your typical smorgasbord of garnishes can include lime, chopped chilis, curly-cues of banana blossom along with your typical Vietnamese leafy herbs.
How to eat Bun Bo Hue
Like any good noodle soup, grab a pair of chopsticks in one hand and a spoon in the other and slurp away! I toss in a good handful of banana blosssom and squeeze a couple lime wedges in mine. The broth is usually spicy enough without any chilis but each to their own!
How much should I pay for Bun Bo Hue
Due to the copious amounts of meat found in the soup, it can be a bit more expensive than pho. Expect to pay 35,000VND for bowl.
Where do I find Bun Bo Hue
Vendors are all over the place and are very consistent in flavour. However, I like the joint at