Bun Dau
Bún Đậu Mắm Tôm

Bún đậu mắm tôm, a very popular dish in Hanoi, is loaded with noodles, tofu and shrimp paste. Shrimp paste is popular in many parts of Asia, including Vietnam. It is also called mắm tôm. It smells like a rotten animal, but to many locals, the aroma makes their mouth water. After two or three times, you may pity those who refuse to try this seemingly gross local food. It is easy to find a street vendor that offers this yummy dish. Vendors add a few drops of fresh lemon, or Satsuma "quả quất," to the shrimp paste, then boiling oil from the same pan they fry tofu. The bowl is then mixed well until it is full of tiny white bubbles, which weakens the smell. Dip a piece of tofu, some noodles and a basil leaf into the sauce and eat them together. Watch people around you to see how it’s done.  Dip the rice vermicelli and other ingredients in the sauce. Just don’t take too much at once. It’s salty. Enjoy.

The price of a bowl varies from $1.50 to $3 a person.

8 Mã Mây Street, Hoàn Kiếm District
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Opening times
Thu: 08.30 am - 06.00 pm
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