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Three Hanoi’s unique dishes gained Asian Record’s certificates

October 04, 2013          1697 views

(Cinet)- “Pho”, “Bun cha” and “Bun thang” are three specialties that will be awarded at a festival featuring tourism products of traditional craft villages of Hanoi and Red River Delta scheduled from October 8-12.

Since a long time, Pho (noodle soup served with beef and chicken) is a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, linguine-shaped rice noodles, a few herbs, and meat. “Pho” is the delicious speciality food of Hanoi. A good bowl of “Pho” first requires the flavor of soup, which comes from cooking the ox bones, not from seasoning, along with taste of cardamon, grilled ginger and onion, all mixed together. Noodles must be soft and plastic. Next, brown beef is dipped into the hot soup, and finally spices, including onion and fresh vegetable.

Bun cha (rice noodle served with grilled pork) is a dish of grilled pork and noodle. It’s served with grilled pork patties (bun) and white vermicelli noodles (cha). Usually it’s served with some banh goi (a pork, onion and mushroom spring roll type item) and herbs, chilli, garlic and dipping sauce.and Bun thang (rice vermicelli soup served with chicken, fried egg strands, lean meat pie strands and mushroom).

Bun thang (rice vermicelli soup served with chicken, fried egg strands, lean meat pie strands and mushroom) originally comes from North, but already found a new home in many places in South, esp. in Ho Chi Minh City where has been considered as the largest food hub. Hanoi capital in the old days, this dish is traditionally prepared on the fourth day of our Lunar New Year, when we have a meal to see off our ancestor.  All the left-overs in the kitchen from ham, chicken, shrimp, and pork to some veggie have been used for this dish. That is why everything has been cut into shreds.

Food has been embedded as a Hanoi ’s typical cultural characteristic and unique tourism product.

According to Mai Tien Dung, deputy head of the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism on October 3, the Asian Record’s Organization is about to grant certificates recognizing three Hanoi’s unique dishes for their meeting Asian culinary values.

The festival featuring the tourism products of traditional craft villages of Ha Noi and Red River Delta provinces is an opportunity to introduce the cuisines to the tourist.