Vietnamese Grilled Pork Meatballs with Vermicelli Noodles (Bun Cha) is a classic Northern Vietnamese dish. Bun Cha features flavorful and juicy pork meatballs, vermicelli noodles, plenty of refreshing herbs and traditional lime fish sauce dipping.
Overview of Bun Cha – Vietnamese Grilled Pork Meatballs with Vermicelli Noodles
Bun Cha is thought to originate in Hanoi, but it is also a popular dish in other Northern cities. This dish can be found at every corner of Hanoi, from big streets to small alleys. People in Hanoi eat grilled pork meatballs with vermicelli noodles for either lunch or dinner. Restaurants or street food stalls selling bun cha usually look modest with basic plastic tables and chairs. Of course, you can find this dish on the menu of fancier restaurants, but those aren’t the places the locals go to eat bun cha. Even Chef Anthony Bourdain chose a street food shop to treat the former President Obama to bun cha in his Parts Unknown series.
How to Cook Bun Cha – Vietnamese Grilled Pork Meatballs with Vermicelli Noodles
This classic dish is very easy to make at home. When freshly made, the meatballs smell incredible. Each family has their own way of making bun cha. The recipe below is an authentic one. It is how I like to make bun cha and also how other people I know make it.