As staple as banh mi, bun cha is Hanoians’ regular choice for lunch, even dinner or breakfast. Local people joke that if tourists miss bun cha during their first visit to Hanoi, that trip doesn’t count.
Tourist guidebooks suggest that the only place to get bun cha in Hanoi is Bun Cha Hang Manh from the Dac Kim label. But this is far from the truth. Working from the traditional recipe of pork grilled over charcoal in garlic-laced nuoc mam or fish sauce, together with vermicelli and herbs, the various tastes and versions of bun cha offered by hundreds of street-side eateries will definitely surprise you.