Street Food Friday: Grilled Pork with Vermicelli Noodles (Bun Thit Nuong)

Hey everyone!  AWC here dropping in with some very exciting news…

I’m launching a new segment called Street Food Friday!

Why? Well, if you ask me to sum up my new life here in Vietnam, it’s pretty easy to do in two words: Street food. It’s become an integral part of my daily life here in Vietnam, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. it’s just so good. And cheap. And even healthy! There’s so much variety, that it might take me the entire year (and then some) just to try all of the different street foods in this country! Every week I discover a new street food that I become obsessed with, and can’t stop raving over how delicious (and cheap) it is. Each city has their own range of dishes that are their claim to fame, from soups and noodle dishes, to rices and meats. It’s truly incredible what you can eat here for $2.00…

So, true to AWC form, I want to take you guys with me! Besides, it would just be selfish of me to eat it all and not share with you. 😉

This week’s featured #StreetFoodFriday dish is….

Bun Thit Nuong!

The story behind it

This was my very first street food dish I fell in love with in Vietnam, so it’s only fitting I dedicate the first #StreetFoodFriday to it! You might remember the description from my HCMC Food Guide. It was my first full day in Saigon, and I was a complete fish out of water. Dripping in sweat and hangry, I had no clue where to eat, but I needed lunch and I needed it fast. Just like that, a local angel with really great food knowledge fell out of the sky came to my rescue (okay, well not really, I sought them out). I took a taxi to “Chi Tuyen“, and within 2 minutes of taking my seat, I was blessed in front of me with a big bowl deliciousness. They say that the first love always hits you the hardest. That just might be the case with my dearly beloved Bun Thit Nuong.

What exactly is it?

Fire-grilled pork with vermicelli rice noodles, topped with peanuts, green onions, fresh mint, basil and a dash of fish sauce and chili peppers. Pronounced “bun tit nun”.

Bun Thit Nuon (1)

Where is it eaten?

This finger lickin’ dish can be found anywhere in central and southern Vietnam, and is a local go-to dish.

Where can YOU eat it?

Da Nang: This spot is “street food” in its true form…no name, plopped on the side of the street. Find a little stand with a woman grilling pork on an open flame, with a sign that says “Bun Thit Nuong”. On the beach side of the city, plug in this address and hope that she’s open for biz (she doesn’t have hours, go figure): (110 Nguyen Công Trú, An Hai Bac, Son Tra)

Ho Chi Minh City: This one is way easier to find, I promise. It’s an actual storefront with a name! “Chi Tuyen” (195 Cô Giang, Hồ Chí Minh)

Remember this video? It’s from my first week in Vietnam, trying Bun Thit Nuong for the first time!

Have you ever had street food in Vietnam? What was the first dish you ever tried?!

Let's Chat! Whattya think?