Monday, January 25, 2010

"Pho"-getta About It..."Bun Cha" is Better!!

They say that you go to Southern Vietnam if you want good clothes, and that you go to Northern Vietnam if you want good food. Forget the four custom-made silk suits, shirts and ties...I want some good food! Who really wears silk anyway?

If you know me, then you know that I absolutely love "Pho", which is Vietnamese noodle soup flanked with everything from beef and chicken to cow stomach and snails, all served in a heavenly broth. Well, sorry Pho, but I have a new love and "love thy name is "Bun Cha"! Bun Cha basically consists of tender chunks of beef and pork barbecued to perfection over hot coals on a Hibachi grill out in front of the restaurants. The meat is served alongside a large bun of cold rice noodles and a variety of condiments (fresh peppers, cilantro, basil, lettuce, cucumbers, bean sprouts, and garlic). Your server provides you with a bowl of fish sauce blended with flavors from the fats of the meat, as you sit in quite possibly the smallest seats in the world and mix your meat, noodles and condiments at will. Throw in a cold beer and a filthy mug and you have paradise on Earth.

That being said, the Pho here is absolutely amazing and the days have been cold and rainy...YES!! In addition, to all my Pho buddies, the spring rolls in Hanoi are very similar to Pho Cong's, which I have discovered is unique to Northern Vietnam.

Oh...we also went to a temple in the middle of a lake where a giant turtle gave a sword to a King 1,000 years ago.

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