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Hanoi Heaven: Crispy Grilled Pork with Noodle Salad

Bun Cha

About the Dish:

Bun Cha is a Vietnamese dish that consists of grilled pork served with noodles, fresh herbs, and a delicious dipping sauce. The dish originated in Hanoi, Vietnam, and has gained popularity around the world for its unique flavors and textures.

The grilled pork is marinated with a combination of fish sauce, soy sauce, garlic, sugar, and black pepper, which gives it a savory and slightly sweet taste. It is then grilled until charred and caramelized, adding a smoky flavor to the dish.

The noodles used in Bun Cha are rice vermicelli, which are thin and delicate. They are cooked until tender and then served with the grilled pork, along with a variety of fresh herbs such as mint, cilantro, and Thai basil.

The dipping sauce is a combination of fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, garlic, and chili peppers. It is tangy, slightly sweet, and spicy, adding a burst of flavor to the dish. The dipping sauce is poured over the grilled pork and noodles, enhancing the overall taste.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrient Amount
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 35mg
Sodium 800mg
Total Carbohydrates 45g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 5g
Protein 20g


Ingredient Quantity
Grilled pork 500g
Rice vermicelli 200g
Fish sauce 4 tablespoons
Soy sauce 2 tablespoons
Garlic 4 cloves
Sugar 2 tablespoons
Black pepper 1 teaspoon
Lime juice 2 tablespoons
Thai basil 1/2 cup

Cooking Instructions:

  • Step 1: Marinate the pork by combining fish sauce, soy sauce, minced garlic, sugar, and black pepper in a bowl. Add the pork and let it marinate for at least 1 hour.
  • Step 2: Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill the marinated pork for about 4-5 minutes on each side until charred and cooked through.
  • Step 3: Cook the rice vermicelli according to the package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water to prevent sticking.
  • Step 4: Prepare the dipping sauce by combining fish sauce, lime juice, minced garlic, sugar, and chopped chili peppers in a small bowl. Adjust the seasoning to taste.
  • Step 5: To serve, divide the rice vermicelli among bowls. Top with grilled pork and fresh herbs. Serve with the dipping sauce on the side.

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