Hanoi Pork Patties (Bún chả)
Bún chả is a Vietnamese dish of grilled pork & noodle, which is thought to have originated from Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Bun cha is served with grilled fatty pork (chả) over a plate of white rice noodles (bún) and herbs with a side dish of dipping sauce.
The history of Bún chả
The dish was described in 1959 by Vietnamese food writer Vu Bang (1913–1984) who described Hanoi as a town “transfixed by bún chả.” Hanoi’s first bún chả restaurant was on Gia Ngư, Hoàn Kiếm District, in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Bún chả is popular in the Northern region of Vietnam. In the South, a similar dish of rice vermicelli and grilled meat is called bún thịt nướng.
500 g pork mince
200 g dried rice noodles (vermicelli)
1 tbs grated palm sugar
2 tbs fish sauce
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 stems lemongrass, pale section only, chopped
2 red onions, peeled, chopped
Neutral oil, to grease
100 g bean sprouts
Fresh basil sprigs, to serve
80 ml (1/3 cup) fish sauce
125 ml (1/2 cup) fresh lime juice
2 tsp palm sugar
2 fresh red chillies, seeded, chopped
Mix all ingredients for the dipping sauce and set aside.
In a bowl mix minced pork, palm sugar, fish sauce, garlic, onions and lemongrass and form some pork patties with your wet hands. Use some oil to fry pork patties until golden brown.
Meanwhile cook Vermicelli noodles for 2 minutes. Place noodles on a plate and put fried pork patties on top. Garnish with bean sprouts and fresh basil leaves. Serve with dipping sauce.