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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Bun Cha Hanoi Nem Ran (Vietnamese Hanoi-Style Rice Vermicelli Noodles with Grilled Pork Patties and Egg Rolls)

After the flurry of various curries and cooking from Malaysian food packets, I had a serious craving for good old Nuoc Mam (Vietnamese Fish Sauce). I made Nem Nuong and Nem Nuong Cuon (Vietnamese Grilled Pork Patty and Vietnamese Grilled Pork Patty Salad Rolls), but thought I'd turn it into Bun Cha Hanoi Nem Ran (Vietnamese Hanoi-Style Rice Vermicelli Noodles with Grilled Pork Patties and Egg Rolls) since I haven't posted that recipe yet.

Bun Cha Nem Ran 1

This isn't so much a recipe as an assembly list.

Bun Cha Hanoi Nem Ran (Vietnamese Hanoi-Style Rice Vermicelli Noodles with Grilled Pork Patties and Egg Rolls)

For 2 to 4 people, you'll need:
Bun (Vietnamese rice vermicelli noodles), I prefer the thinner noodles for this, not the thick kind like in my recipe for Bun Bo Hue (Vietnamese Hue-Style Beef Noodle Soup). The noodles will be in a packet, not bundles. Sometimes the packets are divided into individual sections. Each one should be sufficient for one person.
Vietnamese herbs, plucked and washed, or simply slice lettuce if you don't have any
Nuoc Mam Cham (Vietnamese Fish Dipping Sauce)

For the pork patties:
Nem Nuong and Nem Nuong Cuon (Vietnamese Grilled Pork Patty and Vietnamese Grilled Pork Patty Salad Rolls)

For the grilled pork:
Bun Thit Heo Nuong, Tom, Cha Gio (Vietnamese Rice Vermicelli with Grilled Pork, Shrimp, and Egg Rolls)

For the egg rolls:
Cha Gio/Nem Ran (Vietnamese Spring/Egg Rolls)

For the carrot and daikon slices:
Follow this recipe, but cut them up into flower coins like I did if you wish. You may also substitute green papaya, chayote squash, or kohlrabi for the daikon.
Do Chua (Vietnamese Pickled Stuff ie. Carrots and Daikon)

To serve, each diner gets a bowl of grilled pork patties and grilled pork, topped with pickled carrot and daikon slices. Pour nuoc cham over everything. There should be a plate of noodles, herbs, and egg rolls if you wish.

How do you eat it? Eh, some people grab some noodles and dip it into the bowl, gradually adding in more as you eat the meat. Some get another bowl and put a little of everything into that. However it gets down your belly is fine with me.

Bun Cha Nem Ran 2

Mmm. Look at that juicy grilled meat. Doused in fish sauce. Totally hit the spot.

Bun Cha Nem Ran 3

But who am I kidding? I'm sooooo not a Northern girl, my South-Central roots insisted I wrap everything up in rice paper and eat it like nem nuong. ;)

Bun Cha Nem Ran 4


1 year ago today, the best shio (salt) ramen ever at Santouka - Costa Mesa.


  1. That looks so delicious. I hope to get more adventurous with what I cook (I'll eat practically anything)

  2. I guess I'm a central girl too? I like to roll everything: banh xeo, thit bo xao, nem nuong, etc. But rice paper is not provided in Saigon and when it is, it's dry!

  3. Oh boy. I'm learning lots from you wandering chopsticks. That's certainly something for me to try. Esp the juicy looking pork!!!!

  4. Mouthwatering! I'll feel like a king after this meal.

  5. From one look, i can tell how flavourful it is. I bet it goes very very well with rice too!

  6. haha, you make me laugh. My ba ngoai does the same thing, she's a Southerner through and through and she wraps everything in rice paper. Saying about rice paper, yesterday I used some from the already-open pack you sent me to wrap my jeyuk-bokkeum (pork stir fry with gochujang) - yummy!

  7. awesome. i've always wondered about how to make this. this one's a bookmark.

  8. This is totally one of Todd's favorites, next to Banh xeo. I can hear his stomach grumbling already.

    We're trying not to eat so late now, but If he had this in front of him, he'd eat it all as a midnight snack!

  9. Family Group Member,
    This recipe is really easy. It just has a lot of components but you can make this at home.

    You are a central girl. Your mom's from Quang Ngai! :)

    It's a quick and easy meal. Really.

    Eating Club,
    This is really simple peasant fare. Not really fancy enough for a king. ;)

    It could, but it's really intended for noodles, or wrapped in rice paper. Of course, my preference is for the latter!

    Glad you're enjoying the rice paper!

    I think I remember you saying you liked bun cha when we were at Vien Dong? But the bun oc rieu called you first. :)

    Let me know when you wanna come up and I'll make you some! :)

  10. Definitely not a northern girl. Bun cha Hanoi should be eaten within the bowl. Regardless, your posts are informative. Keep up the good work.

  11. Long,
    Too messy. I like my rice paper. I'm a South-Central girl after all. :) And thanks for the compliment.


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