What makes bun cha, the Vietnamese street food which U.S. President Barack Obama had for dinner on his first night in Vietnam, a delicacy of Vietnamese people?
Popular in the northern region of Vietnam in general and in the Vietnamese capital in particular for its taste and simplicity, Bun Cha is a dish made from very simple ingredients. It is comprised of two main simple parts, bun (white rice noodles) and cha (grilled pork and meatballs), and always served with vegetables and dipping sauce made from fish sauce, carrot and green papaya.
Becoming a favorite of many Vietnamese, the dish could be found everywhere in the country from an outlet on the sidewalk, a storefront, or a stall at a market to a restaurant, and is easy to be made at home as well.
The dish could also be completed with an optional dish of Nem Cua Be (crab spring rolls).
Bun Cha has also become a choice for many tourists coming to the country, and been recommended by travel and cuisine sites. In 2014, the dish was chosen as the world’s best street food by the internationally-renowned National Geographic Travel website. The selection was made based on comments from National Geographic Travel’s Facebook fans, who were asked to share the best lip-smacking street eats they had sampled around the globe.