Bun Cha

by Tikofoods
4 Servings
1 hr

During my travels to Vietnam, I tried this delicious dish called Bun Cha. It's grilled pork served with a yummy sauce, vermicelli noodles, and fresh herbs. I loved it so much and had it in multiple variations - grilled meat, meat patties, meat balls, as a soup, as a roll - every place I had it was slightly different. I even attended a cooking class where we made our own.

The first thing I did upon returning home was look for a restaurant that served it and then decided it was time to try making it myself. I am so happy with the end result and definitely recommend trying to cook it yourself or order it next time you're at a Vietnamese restaraunt!

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Recipe details
  • 4  Servings
  • Prep time: 40 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 1 hr
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For the Pork
  • 300g ground pork
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp lemongrass paste or fresh finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp oyster sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • cooked vermicelli to serve
  • fresh herbs to serve (cilantro, scallion, lemon balm, etc.)
  • lime slices to serve (optional)
For the Sauce
  • 3 tbsp white sugar
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • thai chillis, sliced
  • pepper to taste

Mix the ground pork with the fish sauce, honey, lemongrass, and oyster sauce
Season with salt & pepper then let sit for 20-30 minutes to marinate
Heat a skillet or wok then form the meat into patties or meatballs
Cook until browned on both sides (approx 3-5 minutes per side)
Set aside with your cooked vermicelli & fresh herbs
  • In a bowl, combine the white sugar, fish sauce, rice wine vinegar, and lime juice
  • Add sliced chili peppers for some spice and pepper to taste