Friday, December 4, 2009

Bun Bo Hue

I consider myself fairly worldly when it comes to food ie. there's not much I've not tried nor is at least aware of. So it was a big surprise that I've not heard of Bun Bo Hue nor tried this before. As the name implies, this originates from Hue, the imperial capital of Vietnam.

Our friends in Saigon know the best places to go & this was one of them. Taking a break from eating Pho almost everyday, they decided that it was time for me to try this. Like all noodle joints in Vietnam, this one was opened for breakfast.

The plate that you see is shredded banana blossom, along with beansprouts, mint etc that is often served with the Hue noodles.

Unlike pho, the noodles used here are thick bee hoon. The broth is slightly spicy with a taste of lemongrass. Our bowl of bun bu hue had slices of beef & pork, pork knuckles, fish paste & fish balls. I always enjoy a well made bowl of noodles so this was no exception but it was X who surprised me by finishing everything up (except for the pork knuckles which he gave to me) & smacking his lips in satisfaction.

The open kitchen LOL


Beau Lotus said...

I've eaten this at the Vietnamese restaurant near where I used to live in Paris, though the other soup with prawns and pork is still my favourite after the Pho Bo.

At our hotel in Saigon last summer, they served this soup too - but I shouldn't have added in the shredded leaves (banana something?) as they were tough and tasted like grass (not that I've eaten grass before).

It's best having friends bringing you to try the best food, though we may not have the courage to go near certain eating places still.

petite fleur said...

Those are shredded banana blossoms, I didn't add those in either. There's no flavor. What's this soup with prawns & pork ?

Xavier shies away from places that are very dodgy looking ie. not very hygienic. I'm defnitely the more gungho one when it comes to eating at road side places but you're right, nothing beats locals bringing you to the best spots.

Beau Lotus said...

It just came to me, it's called Hu Tieu or soupe saigonnaise :-)

petite fleur said...

Got to definitely check it out the next time I'm in a Vietnamese restaurant. Have a very Happy New Year !