Bun Bo Hue (Hue style Beef Noodle)

July 12, 2023 - 1072 views

You are a lover of Vietnamese cuisine, aren't you? Let's come to Hue dream land and enjoy Bun Bo Hue right away to experience the distinct flavors of Vietnamese cuisine.

Hue - the ancient capital of Vietnam, is known for its magnificent, poetic ancient palaces and tombs. Not only being well-known for its historical sites, Hue also attracts visitors by its extremely attractive dishes. One of them is Bun Bo Hue (Hue style Beef Noodle), a dish was originated from Hue and spread to other places in Vietnam. 

Bun Bo Hue

Bun Bo Hue - Hue style Beef Noodle

Ingredients of Bun Bo Hue

Bun Bo Hue is one of Hue's specialties, although this noodle dish is popular in all three regions of Vietnam and abroad. In Hue, this dish is simply called "Bun Bo" or more specifically "Bun Bo Gio Heo". Other localities called "Bun Bo Hue" to refer to the origin of this dish.

The main ingredients are vermicelli, beef, pork sausage, and typical broth, lemongrass and shrimp. Sometimes a bowl of vermicelli is also added to beef, crab rolls and other ingredients depending on the cook's preference.

Bun Bo Hue is special dish

Bun Bo Hue is one of Hue's specialties

In noodle soup, Hue people often season a little fish sauce, contributing to the unique flavor of Hue beef noodle soup. After the beef bones are cooked, people usually add some pork or crab rolls. Beef can be thinly sliced, dipped in boiling broth before being put into a bowl of noodles. It is also common to add some chili powder and spices to a bowl of noodles and meat with raw vegetables including herbs, lettuce, baby vegetables, chopped corn.

Bun Bo Hue is not an easy dish to make but it is not too difficult for everyone to follow. To make this dish, we need to prepare the following ingredients:

  • Beef 500g
  • Beef tendon: 3g
  • Pork rolls: 1 piece (choose the front)
  • Bones (pig or cow): 500g.
  • Hue shrimp sauce
  • Spices: lemongrass, ginger, dried chives, garlic, chili powder, seasoning powder, sugar, cashew oil.
  • Vermicelli: 400g
  • Raw vegetables (cilantro, coriander, parsley, fresh onions, sliced ​​banana flower)
  • Also can prepare additional silk rolls, meat rolls, crab rolls, pork ...

Ingredients of Bun Bo Hue

Ingredients of Bun Bo Hue

Process of making Bun Bo Hue

Bun Bo Hue is a complicated dish. Thus, making Bun Bo Hue requires time and meticulousness. These are steps to make Bun Bo Hue on your own. 

How to make Bun Bo Hue

Process of making Bun Bo Hue

Step 1: Lemongrass, ginger washed, broken. Pork thighs removed bone. Pork rolls, using string or string tightly. Beef thighs also use tight laces.

Step 2: North of boiling water for bones and beef, beef tendon, pork ribs blanched (remove foam to look delicious). Then cut the tendon into bite-sized pieces. Mix 3 tablespoons of Hue fish sauce with a cup of water, then stir well.

Step 3: Marinate the meat. Marinate all sugar meat, salt, monosodium glutamate, fish sauce (diluted), and chopped garlic.

Step 4: Meat and stew bone: Put 3 lemongrass and ginger root on the bottom of the pressure cooker, add pork and pork bone, add water to cover the meat surface, cover, boil (hear the cry) then reduce heat to simmer for 5 minutes. Take the pork leg into cold water (doing so will make the meat, not friable).

Lined with lemongrass and ginger leaves remaining at the bottom of the pressure cooker, add beef, steak and tendon beef, ginseng juice on the face Then cover, boil (listen round), reduce heat to boil simmer for another 20 minutes Time, we take the beef of the cow and add the beef to cold water to make sure the meat is firm.

Step 5: Cook the broth. Beef broth and bone broth are poured into the pot, then add cold water to add 5 liters of water. North pot of boiling water, spices: 3 spoons of fish sauce, 2 spoons of salt, 2 spoons of sugar, 2 spoons of monosodium glutamate, Hue diluted fish sauce. Season and adjust the seasoning to suit your taste.

Note, for a nice smell and color, heat 2 tablespoons of oil, 1.5 tablespoons chopped lemongrass, 1 tablespoon minced garlic. When lemongrass and garlic yellow, add 2-3 tablespoons of cashew oil on and off the stove. Now just pour this mixture into the pot of bone broth.

Step 6: Presentation: Cut onion, cilantro, and onion into thin slices. Pork slices, vermicelli through boiling water to soften noodles. Arrange meat, tendon, spring rolls, sprinkle coriander, sprinkle with broth. Served with mashed bananas, bean sprouts, herbs, lemon …

Some good places to eat Bun Bo Hue

As referred to above, Bun Bo Hue is one of the most popular dishes in Vietnam. Thus, there are many restaurants, food stalls selling this kind of food. However, Bun Bo Hue is cooked perfectly in Hue. Finding some good places to taste Bun Bo Hue is not an easy task for tourists, especially foreigners. Here is the list of some good places to try Bun Bo Hue. 

1. O Phuong Bun Bo Hue

O Phuong Restaurant

O Phuong Bun Bo Hue

Nearly 20 years in business, O Phuong's restaurant is considered the best Bun Bo Hue restaurant in Hue. The noodles here have to say are excellent, from noodles to service style. 

  • Address: No 24 Nguyen Khuyen Street, Hue city.
  • Opening hours: 06:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Price: 1.5 - 1.8 USD per bowl.

2. O Cuong Chu Diep Bun Bo Hue

Bun Bo Hue here is praised by diners for its rich sweet bone broth. Moreover, the noodles are large and the meat is fragrant and tender with an indescribable flavor. The staff is very dedicated, they always wear gloves when making noodles.

  • Address: No 06 Tran Thuc Nhan Street, Hue City
  • Opening hours: 06:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Price: 0.8 - 1.5 USD per bowl

O Cuong Chu Diep Bun Bo Hue

O Cuong Chu Diep Bun Bo Hue

3. O Hoa Bun Bo Hue

The special thing about Bun Bo Hue at this restaurant is the superb combination of pork broth, beef, and vermicelli. Together with reasonable prices, O Hoa restaurant is a popular restaurant for both locals and visitors.

  • Address: 162 Mai Thuc Loan Street, Hue city 
  • Opening hours: 05:30 am - 09:00 pm
  • Price: 0.8 - 1.8 USD

O Hoa Restaurant

O Hoa Bun Bo Hue

Bun Bo Hue is a famous dish, the soul of Hue people, and especially favored by many international visitors. Enjoy this dish right away and feel the flavors of Vietnamese cuisine.

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