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Bun cha - A Bowl Full of Joy

Updated: Nov 4, 2019

The Bun cha achieved its level of popularity and status as one of Vietnam’s most favorited cuisines thanks to Pho for being its closest and more celebrated relative. For those who are none the wiser, bun cha may appear to be similar to the classic Pho recipes but the methods of preparation as well as overall presentation of the dish differ in various aspects.


The bun cha is known to be a dish that hails from the region of Hanoi. It is a dish comprising of a bowl of grilled fatty pork (cha) served over a separate plate of white rice noodle (bun) alongside a variety herbs and any dipping sauce of choice on the side. The bun cha may sound simple on paper and in theory but the overall representation of the dish is very much appetizing, not to mention the delicious fragrance of the grilled fatty pork which will certainly rouse our appetite to eat. This plays into one of the possible factors as to why Hanoi is considered to be a town which is transfixed by bun cha. Let us dive further into details and explore what makes the entire town of Hanoi to be faithful to this dish.


The preparation of bun cha can be quite complicated but can be managed through navigating the proper steps. For a start, the grilled fatty pork (cha) requires to undergo a marinate process prior to being cooked or served. The marinade for the cha is very important as it is the defining factor whether the quality of a bun cha is good or not. The recipe for the marinade of the cha varies from one household to another but the main composition of the marinade is typically a tablespoon of caramel as well as grounded black pepper. Once the marinade is prepared, the ingredients for the cha is piled and mixed well together before undergoing the marinate process. The secret to a successful bun cha is patience and thoughtfulness in the marinade.



Bun cha mencapai status popularitinya sebagai salah satu hidangan yang disegani oleh masyarakat negara Vietnam disebabkan kaitan rapat hidangan bun cha dengan sajian Pho. Kepada sesiapa yang baru berjinak dengan masakan Vietnam, bun cha adalah amat menyerupai sajian Pho akan tetapi cara penyediaannya bersertakan penampilan kedua-dua hidangan tersebut adalah berbeza dalam pelbagai aspek.


Bun cha merupakan hidangan yang berasal dari daerah Hanoi. Bun cha merupakan salah satu sajian yang mengandungi daging (cha) yang disajikan dengan sepinggan mee hoon (bun) bersertakan pelbagai jenis daun herba dan juga sos yang tertentu. Penyediaan bun cha senampaknya senang atas teori namun penampilan keseluruhan sajian tersebut adalah amat mengbangkitkan selera. Penampilan bun cha boleh dianggap sebagai salah satu faktor penting terhadap sebab penduduk Hanoi menggalakkan pemasakan bun cha hampir setiap hari.


Penyediaan bun cha tidak seberapa rumit jikalau mengiikuti langkah-langkah penyediaan yang tertentu. Misalnya, daging (cha) hidangan tersebut perlu diperap terlebid dahulu sebelum dimasak atau disajikan. Bahan-bahan perap bagi cha adalah sangat penting kerana ia merupakan faktor terpenting dalam menentukan kualiti bun cha yang bagus atau sebaliknya. Resipi untuk penyediaan bahan perap bergantung kepada budaya dan kemampuan tersendiri namun kebiasaanya bahan perap bagi cha mengandungi satu sudu sos karamel dan juga lada hitam. Selepas bahan perap telah selesai disediakan, bahan ramuan bagi cha akan dicampur dan diadunkan bersama sebelum dibiarkan untuk diperap untul jangka masa yang tertentu. Rahsia kepada bun cha yang berjaya adalah kesabaran dan juga ketersediaan dalam bahan perap hidangan ini.


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