As Hai and I spend a couple of months visiting good friends and family in California and other areas of the USA, Saigon’s excellent street food is never far from our minds. In fact, not a single day goes by without the plea from Hai:
I want Phở
So, I thought I’d share a few of our favorite Saigon food memories now and again as we travel here. It will serve the dual purpose of continuing to share some of our favorite Saigon street foods and local eateries, as well as allowing us to re-live and enjoy some of our recent Saigon meals.
This afternoon here in southern New Jersey, we both agreed that a big bowl of bún bò huế would be the perfect lunch dish. Sadly, and certainly here, it was not to be :-(.
But the memory of dozens of great lunches and dinners at Bún Bò Huế Đông Ba brought a longing smile to both our faces. It’s my second-favorite eatery in Saigon for enjoying an excellent bowl bún bò huế.
My favorite is Bún Bò Huế Hẻm 149. But, it’s tucked away in a small alley in District 10, which while adding to its attraction for me, likely makes it a bit more difficult for Saigon visitors to find and navigate. (Go anyway, it’s great!)
But, back to Bún Bò Huế Đông Ba. It’s actually “walkable” from many parts of Saigon’s tourist center.
The bún bò húe here begins a wonderful nước leo (soup stock), richly flavored with mắm ruốc húe, lemongrass, onion, pineapple and lots and lots of boiled beef bones.
It’s then filled with slices of beef, pork knuckle, and three kinds of chả (ground meat loaf) – beef, pork, and crab. MAJOR YUM!
The bowl is served up beside a large plate of fresh uniquely-flavored herbs to add to your bowl as you please. And as an extra treat, the chili sauce here is extra sharp and intensely chili-flavored. I love it! Oh New Jersey – you don’t know what you’re missing!
Finally, if you want to continue the eating fantasy, hai and I often share a plate of “Bánh Huế . A sampler variety of some of Hue’s classic and unique food treats. Bánh ít, bánh nậm, bánh bèo, bánh lọc, nem nướng, chả. Several wonderfully chewy – in a rice pasty/gummy-bear-kind-of-way.
OPEN 6:00 am – 10:30 pm.
Both Hai and I give Bún Bò Huế Đông Ba a triple YUM on Eating Saigon!’s Yum Meter.
UPDATE – February 2016: Confirmed this week as still serving a really excellent bowl of bún bò huế. Maybe just because I’ve missed this dish for a few months, but I’d say it’s now better than ever! Also, updated prices in photo below.
Bún Bò Huế Đông Ba
110-A Nguyen Du
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