Bun Cha in Vietnam with US president Obama

Bun Cha in Vietnam is a traditional dish of this country. Bun Cha consists of fresh rice noodles, grilled pork in piece and pellet, special sauce, fragrant herbs. During the official visit of Vietnam at the end of May 2016, for his dinner, President Obama ate Bun Cha in a popular restaurant in Hanoi.

Bun Cha in Vietnam

Bun Cha Vietnam with President Obama:

Bun Cha was served to President OBMA after his busy day in Hanoi, in a popular restaurant in the Le Van Huu Street where he tasted this traditional dish of Vietnam.

Streets like: Thi Sach - Le Van Huu - Ngo Thi Nham in the district of Hoan Kiem in Hanoi capital of Vietnam have been blocked for strict security protection when people knew that President Obama would take the Bun Cha here in the evening of 23 May 2016.

Before, the White House announced that President Obama wanted to spend his time for some sightseeing tour and discovering the culture and the local gastronomy...

'' Mr. Obama has ordered 2 portions of Bun Cha '' shared the owner of Huong Lien restaurant.

Bun Cha in Vietnam

The US president ordered 2 portions of Bun Cha and 2 bottles of Hanoi beer to eat with the famous chef Anthony Bourdain who, in turn, also bought 4 portions to take to the hotel.

The owner of Huong Lien restaurant could not hide his joy by laughing constantly. She said she was surprised when Obama came to her restaurant. She also shook hands with president. According to the owner, the hands of Obama are soft and warm. His smile is beautiful and he was very sociable.

Faced with the question "Do you want to name Bun Cha Huong Lien Bun Cha Obama?" The boss laughed by saying that she didn’t think about it because it happened so fast and that the name of Bun Cha Huong Lien existed longtime.

On site, Obama and his entourage have already left the restaurant since 20 minutes. But there were still journalists and local residents who saw the owner of the Bun Cha restaurant respond to the interview.

Bun Cha Huong Lien has existed for over 20 years:

Bun Cha Huong Lien was opened there over 20 years ago. People find Bun Cha here is delicious by keeping the charm of Hanoi. The restaurant is described: clean, airy space and at affordable price.

With more than 20 years, the Bun Cha Huong Lien restaurant is a familiar address of people living in this quarter. The restaurant is popular but clean where the service is professional and prompt. Especially, according to the gourmets, Bun Cha here retains the bold, authentic flavors of the cuisine of millennium Hanoi.

Bun Cha Huong Lien is known by the sweet and delicious pellets of pork, grilled pieces of pork on the coals, very pleasant sauce. The guests have to nod head to admire. Many people usually order portions of Bun Cha with crab Nem or crab spring roll. Crab Nem which has its crisp and yellow envelope, the party in interior which is soft and fragrant is also a well known dish in this restaurant.

Bun Cha is present almost in every corner of Hanoi, but not all restaurants can keep the traditional flavors by following the development as this popular restaurant. Whatever compared to several restaurants, Bun Cha in Huong Lien's restaurant is a little more expensive but the quality has conquered the heart of the guests.

Why Obama chose Bun Cha Vietnam but not other dishes?

Bun Cha, before being served to President Obama in Hanoi, was honored by the foreign press as one of the most famous dishes in Vietnam. This dish is loved not only in Vietnam but enjoys plenty of praise from international guests.

Bun Cha in Vietnam

Bun Cha Vietnam was voted in 2014 by National Geographic readers as one of the 10 best street foods in the world. It's not complicated to make a bowl of Bun Cha, but to have tasty, well marinated meat… it's not easy.

The well-grilled meat, still warm, fragrant, sweet ... is put quickly into the sauce to create Bun Cha unforgettable.

The sauce is the "soul" of Bun Cha. The sauce is made from fish sauce, sugar, water, vinegar, garlic, chili spices ... All these spices must be in harmony to create a sour, sweet, pure, and fresh sauce. Bun Cha is served with herbs such as lettuce, perilla, basil, marjoram, coriander, mint...

Bun Cha was also added by CNN to the list of top 10 most delicious street foods in Asia and tops most 25 delicious dishes for summer. CNN believed that Bun Cha in Hanoi old quarter is an unforgettable culinary experience for international and even local travelers.

Lonely Planet had rated Bun Cha as one of 12 attractive dishes that gourmets should taste if they have the opportunity to come to Vietnam. As described by Lonely Planet, sidewalk restaurants in Hanoi serve crab spring rolls with Bun Cha to become a really hearty meal for all the guests.

Bun Cha - The famous traditional dish of Vietnam - is no longer strange for gourmets in many countries worldwide. One of the efforts to promote this traditional dish of Vietnam to international friends was the fair of Vietnamese gastronomy organized at the edge of the Vltava River in Prague of the Czech Republic. This event helped to promote Bun Cha in particular and Vietnamese cuisine in general in the world. From there, the cuisine and Vietnam culture with traditional dishes such as Bun Cha are becoming known internationally.

Bun Cha restaurant in Hanoi where President Obama ate in May 23 was created more than 20 years. Maybe thanks to international celebrity of Bun Cha and the history of this restaurant, Obama chose to eat Bun Cha Huong Lien during his official visit to the S-shaped country?

How to make Bun Cha Vietnam?

Bun Cha is one of the typical dishes of Hanoi with especially delicious taste which is certainly essential for lovers of the cuisine in this millennium capital. This is the recipe of Bun Cha in Hanoi:


- Pork (part of the pig belly): 500g

- Pork (shoulder part): 500g

- Shallot, onion, lemon, garlic, peppers, kohlrabi, green papaya / cucumber, carrots, raw vegetables (salad, lettuce, coriander, perilla, basil, marjoram, mint ...)

 - Salt, fish sauce, sugar, oyster sauce, honey, pepper.



. Cut the meat into small pieces (part of belly)

. Mix the meat with the spices: sugar, salt, chopped garlic, shallot, honey, oyster sauce, pepper, fish sauce.

. Well chop meat (shoulder part) by mixing with the above spices.

Note: we can well keep the meat with the spices for 3-4 hours in the fridge.

Step 2: Preparing the sauce for Bun Cha:

.We cut carrot, green papaya, cucumber into thin slices to put in water with a little salt. 45 minutes is expected before throwing the water.

. We prepare water by adding sugar, glutamate, chopped garlic, vinegar, lemon juice and mix well to have the sweet and sour sauce according to your taste.

. We put a suitable amount of fish brine in the sauce with slices of carrot, cucumber, papaya, cabbage kohlrabi ... Your sauce for Bun Cha is as in this next photo:

Bun Cha in Vietnam

. Wash well raw vegetables, including: salad, lettuce, perilla, marjoram, mint, basil, bean sprouts, coriander...

Steps 3: grill meat:

. We prepare at least two grids for two kinds of meat: meat in pieces and in pellet. We can grill meat in the microwave oven ... but we think it's better to grill over the coals. Just be careful that the meat is cooked enough, not burned ... After grilling, you should have meat as in the next photo for a good Bun Cha:

Bun Cha in Vietnam

Finally, you have Bun Cha as in the next photo. While eating, you put the sauce in your bowl, some noodles, a little meat, some vegetables to eat all together. You can add chopped garlic, chili to your own sauce.

Secret things of an owner:

Bun Cha is not a complicated dish. In contrast, it is a fairly simple dish. But to have a good Bun Cha, experience is a decisive factor. Meat, part of the abdomen, shoulder or armpit of pig must be well chosen and grilled over the coals after being marinated carefully.

The sauce is the soul, the decisive factor to have a good Bun Cha: Spices must be in harmony: not too salty, not too sour. We must lemon juice. Slice of papaya, kohlrabi, cucumber ... should be well crispy to be in harmony with grilled, yellow and fragrant meat. In fact, Bun Cha can be served with Nem or Spring roll.

Noodles for Bun Cha should be soft but not soft, fine.... Bun Cha is better when it is eaten with raw vegetables such as lettuce, marjoram, perilla, coriander, mint ... Vegetables should be carefully selected to always ensure freshness. White noodles mixed with green vegetables make Bun Cha delicious and unforgettable.

Bun Cha in Vietnam

Well known Bun Cha restaurants in Hanoi:

If you are in Hanoi, you can discover Bun Cha at the following restaurants. Please don’t hesitate to share if you know others restaurants:

1. Bun Cha in Lane 260 of Cau Giay Street

2. Sinh Tu: 8 Ta Quang Bui Street. You can also go to Bun Cha Sinh Tu in Nguyen Khuyen Street.

3. Tuong Chi: 29 Hoang Hoa Tham, Ha Dong

4. Tran Xuan Soan: 1 Tran Xuan Soan

5. Dac Kim: 1 Hang Manh: One of the most famous Bun Cha in Hanoi.

6. Tran Quy Kien: 28 Lane 2 Tran Quy Kien

7. Hang Dong: At the junction of Hang Ma and Hang Dong Streets

8. Hang Than: 34 Hang Than

9. Yen Bai: 22/31 of the lane 2, Yen Bai

10. Hang Khoai: lane 2, Hang Khoai

11. Dong Xuan: Dong Xuan

12. Hang Quat: 74 Hang Quat

13. Ngo Tram: 6 Ngo Tram

14. Duong Gia Bao: 153 Mai Hac De

15. Duy Diem: Ngoc Khanh Street

17. Bun Cha Huong Lien: Le Van Huu Street where President Obama ate 23 May, 2016.

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