Food GuideHo Chi Minh CityTravel GuideVietnamBun Thit Nuong, our list of favorite locations

A bowl of “Bun” noodles, grilled pork, fried spring rolls, veggies and a heavy douse of sweetened fish sauce to finish off one of Saigon’s favorite lunch meals.
Tayne EphraimApril 11, 201916 min

A bowl of “Bun” noodles, grilled pork, fried spring rolls, veggies and a heavy douse of sweetened fish sauce to finish off one of Saigon’s favorite lunch meals.

NN store  Hours 6:30 – 20:30 | Address 97 Xô Viết Nghệ Tĩnh, F17, BT

Chả Giò Nguyễn Trung Trực Hours: 11:00 – 14:00 | Address 1 Nguyễn Trung Trực, Q1

The Hem Lady   Hours  11;00 – 14:00   |    Address 18A/52, Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Q. 1

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The Bun Thit Nuong ladies at 1 Ngueyn Trung Truc street

Bun thit nuong is the king of southern Vietnamese bun (vermicelli) noodle dishes, gracing sidewalks and eateries up the dragon’s spine of Vietnam. Nowhere is it better than in the south and Saigon in particular, from where the dish supposedly hails. It’s a common sight in downtown Saigon during any weekday lunch hour to see white collar workers thronging around on plastic tables and chairs. I cant be more Vietnamese then being hunched over a hearty bowl of bun thit nuong goodness on the side of a sultry, frenetic street.

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A bowl of BTN through the lens of a vintage, 35mm camera. Photo by Tayne Ephraim

Your typical bowl of Bun Thit Nuong is a serving of grilled pork with fresh greens (basil, mint, and a few leaves of lettuce), a handful of bean sprouts, and a few of strings pickled carrot over dry vermicelli noodles, topped off with a sprinkle of peanuts and a side of nuoc mam fish sauce. Occasionally, and more ideally, it is also also served with nem nuong grilled spring rolls.

The one thing that should be left in no doubt is its undisputed popularity amongst the denizens of the city and how damn good it is

The pork is grilled until golden brown and slightly charred, usually on a sidewalk grill with a battery-wired fan blowing the acrid smoke out into the street. While no one knows the exact circumstances of how the dish originated, the one thing that should be left in no doubt is its undisputed popularity amongst the denizens of the city and how damn good it is. And much like pho, you can eat it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Average price is 40,000 – 60,000 VND. Click on the addresses above for exact google maps coordinates.

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