Bún Xào Noodles With Spring Rolls – 133 of 365

Bún Xào

Outdoor dining in a narrow alleyway is wrought with dangers unthinkable inside our western cocoons.  While sitting down to breakfast in front of 113/4/14 Vo Duy Ninh in Binh Thanh District, which you may also remember as the bánh khọt joint earlier this week, the other diners began engaging in rapid fire banter while suddenly jumping up with their bowls.   Some sort of hidden stimuli has prompted them to scatter like a bunch of clucking hens, and I was left squatting on a tiny metal stool all by myself.

All of a sudden a metal gate slid open to reveal a shiny black Mercedes flashing its lights and laying on the horn, and the street food stand and tables were impeding progress from its nest.   We had to slide metal tables and stools about ten feet down, and luckily the actual cart has wheels.  Imagine ten people staring at a car as if it had dropped down from Mars.   All I heard was high pitch “waaaaa, aaaaah, waaaaa, aaaaah” coming from everyone as they pointed to this large sedan emerging from the garage as if they’d never even seen four wheeled transport before.

Once this Mercedes as wide as the alley manuevered out of the way, we slid everything back into place and breakfast carried on as if no one had ever been inconvenienced in the least.  Bánh khọt was not on the menu today, but a decent dollar bún xào was.  We tried mì xào the other day and bún xào is similar.  As to what determines mì over bún I have no clue as both are similar vermicelli noodles.

Only In Vietnam

Fried tofu, peanuts, sliced carrots, bok choy, soy sauce, and hot pepper sauce round out the ingredient list piled onto the plate.   All I know is that in this web of alleyways, the mì xào at my elderly breakfast lady’s place has grilled meats while bún xào at this stand contains fried spring rolls instead.  If this is indicative of bún xào in Vietnam as a whole, who knows?  I just happily eat my way through this little corner of the world behind my apartment tower in Binh Thanh District, and savor the varieties that never seem to end.

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