Bun bo Hue
Bún bò Huế or bún bò is a popular Vietnamese rice noodle dish with sliced beef, chả lụa, and sometimes pork knuckles. The dish originates from Huế, a city in central Vietnam associated with the cooking style of the former royal court. The dish has a mix of spicy, salty, and umami flavors.
Why do people like Bun bo Hue
The taste of Bun Bo Hue is different from Pho and the cooking method is also different. The two big flavour differences are that bun bo contains both lemongrass and pork blood cubes. While you may find that the blood cubes are sometimes left out, it will always have a strong lemongrass flavour.
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Ingredients that go into Bun Bo Hue
- 6 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 2 medium shallots, quartered
- 4 stalks lemongrass
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
- 3 tablespoons fish sauce, or more to taste
- 4 1/2 teaspoons sugar, plus more to taste
- Kosher salt
- 4 cups low-sodium beef broth
- 12 ounces vermicelli rice noodles
- 8 ounces boneless top blade steak, connective tissue removed, meat sliced thinly across the grain
- 1/2 small white onion, thinly sliced and soaked in ice water for 20 minutes
- 1/2 cup packed cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
How to cook Bun Bo Hue
- Cut the tops off the lemongrass stalks, about 6 inches from the base. Bruise the tops with something heavy, like a meat mallet, and reserve for the broth. Peel off 2 or 3 of the woody outer layers from the base stalks until you reach the smoother, more tender core. Roughly chop the stalks and put in a food processor along with the garlic and shallots. Pulse about 20 times until everything is finely chopped, but not a paste.
- Heat the vegetable oil over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add the chopped lemongrass mixture and cook until soft and starting to brown, about 6 minutes. Add the crushed red pepper and stir for 1 minute. Add 2 tablespoons fish sauce, 4 teaspoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has thickened slightly, a spoon dragged across the pan leaves a trail and the oil is starting to separate from the solids. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of the lemongrass mixture from the pan and reserve.
- Add the beef broth, 4 cups of water, and the bruised lemongrass tops to the saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook until it tastes like lemongrass, 15 to 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Turn off the heat and add the vermicelli noodles. Cook, stirring periodically, until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain very well and divide among 4 large soup bowls.
- Add the remaining tablespoon fish sauce, 1/2 teaspoon sugar and 3/4 teaspoon salt to the beef broth. Remove the lemongrass tops. Add the steak slices and gently simmer until no longer pink, about 2 minutes.
- Top each bowl with slices of cooked beef, the white onion and cilantro. Pour hot broth into the bowls to completely cover the noodles.
- Serve with the reserved lemongrass-chile mixture and suggested garnishes on the side.
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What can Bun Bo Hue be served together with
Serving suggestions: bean sprouts, mint leaves, basil leaves, thinly sliced red cabbage, lime wedges
Other popular Vietnamese food
Besides Bun Bo Hue, there are other vietnamese food dishes that are highly popular in Singapore and around the world. Below is a list of some of the most mentioned ones:
Pho, Cha Ca, Banh Xeo, Cao Lau, Rau Muong, Nem Ran Cha Gio, Goi Cuon, Bun Bo Hue, Banh Khot, Ga Tan, Nom Hoa Chuoi, Hoa Qua Dam, Pho Cuon, Ga Nuong, Pho Xao, Ca Phe Trung, Bo La Lot, Xoi, Banh Cuon, Ca Tim Kho To, Bot Chien, Bun Dau Mam Tom, Banh Goi, Com Suon Nuong, Chao, Bo Luc Lac, Hat De Nong, Banh Uot thit nuong, Bun Cha, Banh Mi, Lau, Banh Bao, Com rang, Bo Bit Tet, Com Chay, Che, My Xao Bo, Dau Phu Sot Ca Chua, Canh Bun
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