Hanoi Chicken Vermicelli Soup (Bún thang) is one of Hanoi specialties, which every tourist should not miss whenever having chance to visit the capital. Bún Thang consists of ingredients such as vermicelli, egg, chicken, and pork. You can enjoy a bowl of Bún Thang in some well-known streets like Cau Go Street, Hang Hom Street and Giang Vo Street.
The ingredients include things like rau răm (Vietnamese coriander leaves), Eryngium, shredded fried chicken egg, shredded chicken, shredded pork, and white rice vermicelli served in a clear broth. Originally, Lethocerus indicus was added to provide a unique aroma. But nowadays, Lethocerus indicus is not popular so they use artificial essential oil instead.
The vermicelli used is a kind of soft yarn and quick watered with hot broth. A bowl of Bún Thang is attractive by thin omelette, pork rolls, white breast meat and crisp chicken’s skin.
Besides, additional ingredients are dried radish, mushrooms, scallions and chopped coriander leaves. The clear hot broth is stewed from chicken bones and prawns, then poured into noodle bowl. Other seasons as: chili, garlic, pepper and particularly little shrimp sauce are added. We can say, the shrimp paste is hidden charm of this dish. Lack of the shrimp sauce, the Bún Thang’s essence has been significantly reduced.
However, along with the process of urban development, many people said that it is quite hard to find Bún Thang shops tasty as before. On the Old Quarter, there are many shops selling Bún Thang, but the aroma has been losing along the time.
Where to eat Bún Thang:
At 32 or 48 Cau Go Street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi city
At 11 Hang Hom Street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi city
At Ha Hoi Street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi city