Today I will take you to taste this simple traditional dish, not anywhere in Saigon but in their real homeland! Hanoi! The original bún đậu in Hanoi.
I love tofu. Not because of my diet.
I love shrimp paste. Because of its strong and unique flavor.
I love rice noodles, too. Better than rice!
Fresh rice noodles in Hanoi, braided as a leaf (bún lá) different from southern ones.
A bowl of bún đậu, don't forget to add some leaves of Vietnamese balm, much tastier!
So bún đậu is my perfect choice! The only thing here, eating bún đậu in the cold days in Hanoi, right on the street - no way we can do it in Saigon! Especially when the special herbs - Vietnamese balm (kinh giới), water mint (húng láng) from Hanoi, served with bún đậu, are so fresh, so flavorful.
Additional plate of fried ham with young rice (chả cốm)
Bún đậu is one of the most popular morning street foods in Hanoi, esp. in the old quarter. Everywhere I go, I meet a street vendor with a small pan of oil, a basket of rice noodles and slices of golden tofu on a small rack over the pan!
Now busy to serve customer, a final touch - spoon of tofu-frying oil to the dip sauce.
These days, a big new trend among Vietnamese, esp. the youth, they love to try new things, to discover different flavors from all corners of Vietnam. It's really good, like this noodles with tofu, but at the same time - media in Vietnam also criticizes that the youth seems careless about what they eat or drink! Is it harmful or not, even when a warning about the lemonade served on the street where they spend hours and hours to "tám" (a new slang for gossip!), it's just a mix of bad chemicals.