Tag Archives: vermicelli

Bún Cá Fried Fish Noodle Soup – 291 of 365

What’s better than a scorching hot bowl of noodle on a mercifully cool Hanoi evening?  Well, I guess I can think of a lot of other things too, but at least at dinner time, soup fits the bill.  And just when I always think I’ve just about tapped out the entire soup rotation in the […]

Bún Riêu Cua Crab Noodle Soup – 230 of 365

My friend Allie excitedly told me about CNN Go’s website and a listing there of Hanoi’s top ten street food shops.  Now of course I am forever leery of mainstream lists of items I fully want to sample away from the western masses.  Throwing caution to the wind, we carefully mapped out a plan of […]

Bún Chả Hanoi in Saigon – 215 of 365

Eating a Saigonese rendition of Hanoian bún chả is much like walking into the Carl’s Jr at Vincom Center and expecting a succulent burger hand formed from the finest Wagyu beef that is then grilled to perfection over hot mesquite coals.   Or better yet it’s the equivalent of expecting fully authentic Tuscan cuisine at the […]

Bún Mắm Fermented Shrimp Soup – 175 of 365

Have you ever eaten something you just can’t tell if you like it or not?  Try to wrap your head around this ingredient list that comes together in a brown, highly fragrant fish stinking broth…eggplant, purple fermented shrimp paste, garlic, and lemongrass amongst who knows what else.  Part of any food experience is smell and the odor […]

Phở Xào Bò Beef Noodles – 171 of 365

I met my friend Sarah at the Highlands Coffee in my apartment tower to collaborate on a magazine article and hunger struck halfway through our project.  This chain found in Hanoi and Saigon offers Starbucks like beverages at half the cost along with a food menu combining western and Vietnamese tastes.  It’s like a quiet little […]

Bún Mọc Hà Nội “Forced Meat Noodles” – 169 of 365

What I am about to write is food blasphemy to the highest degree.  My dear Vietnamese friends especially, you are most likely already comfortable seated in a chair but please brace yourselves nonetheless.   Well, here goes…I am just not a huge fan of regular phở.  A collective gasp is washing all across Vietnam now, and yes, you read […]

Pleiku Airport Noodles – 149 of 365

Way back when in the beginning we sampled some fairly decent fried rice (#5) from the Pleiku airport in the central highlands.   Typhoon Pakhor even spawned an emergency meal there cobbled together from leftovers and ramen (#109).  Back we go for another meal straight from the same customer buffet in the gate area.   Don’t worry…this […]

Bún Chả – 143 of 365

Is “foodgasm” a word?  If not, someone please tell Mr. Webster to slap these eight letters into his dictionary and to do it quickly.   Foodgasm.  Wow, What a sensory overload food can be. Now before you think I have completely gone off the deep end, hear me out.  Bún chả is probably one of my favorite foods in Vietnam.  No, scratch […]

Bún Xào Noodles With Spring Rolls – 133 of 365

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 […]

Mì Xào Noodles and Grilled Meat – 130 of 365

Only one week back in Vietnam and any semblance of self control towards food has flown out the window.  Having copious amounts of highly edible and insanely cheap street foods has caused me to fall completely off the calorie counting wagon here.  This must be how people bound by the shackles of some fad diet feel […]