Today marks my 16th day here in Hanoi and I am still in love with bun cha. I don’t know what’s keeping me to eat it repeatedly — everyday, to be precise — but I could not stop! Imagine the fresh vermicelli noodles and vegetables dipped in a warm, sweet broth with soft, marinated meat. So good, right?

In order to share my love for this dish, I compiled a list of restaurants where you can enjoy it the most. Although I have a particular adoration with bun cha places found in different corners, this is an efficient guide for special occasions and family meals.

  1. Noodle and Roll

I may have a bias for this restaurant because this was where I first tasted bun cha but worry not! This restaurant really boasts its reputation as one of the best in town. They perfected the tender barbecue meat and sweet broth. Try it to believe it. Price per serving: 2 USD


2.Bun Cha Dac Kim

This has to be the most famous bun cha place in Hanoi. Even though the place is small, people line up to get a taste of their beautiful bun cha. With its carefully chosen ingredients, the meat is a mixture of lean and fat while the rest must be of highest quality. No wonder it’s a little pricier than the rest but it surely is worth it. Price per serving: 3-4 USD


3. Bun Cha Huong Lien

Who will ever forget the time former President Obama sat down in one of the local restaurants? This place was commemorated as one of the most important restaurants in Hanoi not just because of the presence of a political figure but because of its to-die-for bun cha recipe. Don’t forget to order the crab spring roll with it for better foodie experience. Price: 2-3 USD plus additional 0.5 USD for side dish


4. Bun Cha Hang Quat

This stall in 74 Hang Quat Street has been serving bun cha for 19 years to locals and tourists alike. Aside from its flavor, what’s different about their recipe is the two kinds of meat found in the dish: sliced meat and minced meat. The broth is also more brown in color because of the sugar in it. Price: 1.5 USD


5. Bun Cha Bach Mai

Bun cha here has a different look than others. Skewered meat in a bamboo stick definitely bring more flavor to the table. There’s a certain freshness from the meat aside from its tangy and barbecue flavor. If you decide to come here, make sure you visit before 2:00 pm as the restaurant is famous for its long service. Price per serving: 2 USD