Bun Cha- Ha Noi cuisine is a combination of spices to create harmony. It is practiced in the typical Vietnamese cuisine and it is the proof of the ingenuity of Vietnamese housewife. The meals are most of the time catered with herbs and special dipping sauce. It is easy to find out the restaurants along small streets selling Bun Cha. You will remember its flavor each time you think about typical Hanoi street food. If you do not have opportunity to visit Vietnam, you can make it by yourself at home by following the below receipt. It can taste more or less the same as the original recipe if you follow our instruction carefully:
In order to make a nice Bun Cha, you need to prepare enough ingredients:
1. 500g grinded pork.
2. 500g grinded pork is marinated with salt, peper, honey and fish sauce (nước mắn)
3. 1 Spring onion, 1 Purple onion,1 carrot, ¼ papaya green fruit, vinegar, garlic and chili.
4. Coriander, mustard leaf and lettuce, Vietnamese balm (rau kinh giới) and salad.
Process to make the Bun Cha
Smash the white part of spring onion, Peel off the cover of purple onion- slice small.
Put the grinded marinated pork into the bowl and mix with all white part of spring onion and purple onion. Mix well and carefully, and leave it rest for 5 to 6 hours.
Peel off the carrot and the papaya green fruit, slice and mix them all together. Putting little amount of salt into the mixed carrot and papaya and wait in 10 minutes, and then use your hand to press water out. Soaking them with little vinegar and sugar until it has light sweet and sour taste.
Dipping sauce: boiling the water (wait until it gets cold). Adding more sugar, vinegar and fish sauce, seasoning slowly to suit for your taste. Next, add more garlic and chili, marinated papaya and carrot.
Clean all kind of vegetable with water and a small amount of salt and then wash them again by fresh water.
Shape the grinded pork into small circles, and then bake it in the oven. From time to time, baste the meat with vegetable oil. Grill the pork until the faces turn brown .
Finally, you have just made the amazing Bun Cha cuisine for yourself and family. When enjoying the dish, remember to sprinkle some pepper on the surface of the dipping sauce to increase its flavor and eat the grilled pork when it is still hot. You should put a grilled pork piece, some vegetable leaves and noodle into dipping sauce and eat them together. Good luck for your cooking and have good appetite.
Noticeably, when you come to Ha Noi, you can find some popular restaurants to enjoy Bun Cha such as:
23 Nguyễn Biểu,Ba Đình, Ha noi
2 Hàng Khoai, Old-quarter, Ha Noi( having 15 experience years in making Bun Cha)
34 Hàng Than, Old-Quarter, Ha Noi (the cheap and delicious Bun Cha will be surprised at you)
Hằng Nga Bun Cha, Dong Xuan alley, Hang Chieu, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi.