The former U.S. President Barack Obama ate the traditional Vietnamese Kebab rice noodles when he was in Vietnam for the first time in 2016. Although the food originated from North Vietnam, it has become popular in different regions of the country. In Ho Chi Minh City, Bun Cha 145 Restaurant ((145 Kebab Rice Noodles Restaurant) on Bui Vien Street in Saigon Backpacker Area is one of the best places to eat Kebab rice noodles.
Location: 145 Bui Vien Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1. CLICK HERE to see the location of Bun Cha 145 Restaurant on Google Maps.
Opening hours: 12:30 – 14:00 (or 15:00); 17:30 – 20:00.
Tel: +84 28 3837 3474.
Bun Cha 145 Restaurant
Bun Cha 145 is a very nice restaurant, with a traditional Vietnamese interior design and warm atmosphere. Cement tiles with floral patterns, brick walls, wooden dining tables and stools, yellow lights make the restaurant cozy. An ancient telephone and old Vietnamese pot, a miniature house of Vietnamese ethnic groups are arranged in the restaurant. Models of Kebab, rice noodles, Kebab rice noodles on the old sewing machine in front of the front glass wall impress customers.
Menu and Prices
Bun Cha 145 Restaurant serves Kebab rice noodles (Bún chả) consiting of Grilled pork, noodles and vegetables and costing VND 50,000. It also serves Fried spring roll, Grilled beef wrapped in guise leaves with rice noodles, Grilled okra, Grilled pork, Fried beef/fish/banana in green rice, Fried seafood tofu. Drinks at the restaurant include Saigon Special, Saigon Green/Red, Coca Cola, Iced black coffee, Iced milk coffee, Passion fruit drink, Aquafina, Green Thai milk tea, B-iced tea.
Kebab Rice Noodles
A portion of Kebab rice noodles at Bun Cha 145 consists of long thin round rice noodles, fresh lettuce and shiso, grilled pork patties, grilled pork slices, sweet and sour fish sauce dip, kohlrabi pickles. All are served in ceramic plates and bowls, a pair of wooden chopsticks, a small paper chopstick restraint with the instruction how to eat Kebab rice noodles stainless steel spoon, tissues, minced garlic and chili slices are arranged on a small rectangular tray. The smell of grilled pork definitely make customers mouth watering.
How to Eat Kebab Rice Noodles
The instruction on how to eat Bún chả is pasted on the wall of the restaurant. To eat this amazing food in a proper way, the diner should follow the following steps:
- Put minced garlic and chili to the soup bowl containing dipping fish sauce and grilled pork;
- Put vegetables and herbs to the soup bowl;
- Put rice noodles eventually to the bowl;
- Emerge fried spring rolls when eating together if diner orders fried spring rolls.