Bun Num Bo Choc – Cambodian fish noodle specialty
This strange-sounding noodle dish has followed Cambodian children to Saigon to establish a business since the 70s of the last century. In the heart of bustling Saigon, bun Num Bo Choc quickly became a rare specialty of the country of Chua Thap, like how expatriates always remember their homeland. The secret to making this delicious vermicelli dish lies in the preparation of the broth. The broth must be bold, not fishy, fragrant but not harsh.
At first glance, the noodle dish Num Bo Choc has similarities with the fish noodle dish of the West. There are also rice vermicelli, snakehead fish, water spinach, dandelion flower, water lily,…and some raw vegetables to serve. But when you taste it, you will realize the unmistakable unique flavor of this Cambodian heirloom noodle dish.
What creates the unique – strange of Bun Num Bo Choc?
The process of making Num Bo Choc vermicelli is very sophisticated, requiring the chef to be skillful from the selection of ingredients to make them fresh, to the processing and marinating of ingredients, to seasoning and seasoning to suit the palate of the majority. Diners.
The thing that makes this noodle dish famous is created from the famous Cambodian trio, which is a fruit that resembles a lemon but has a rough skin, has a sour taste and is very fragrant, wormwood vermicelli – a tuber that smells like a tuber. galangal and of course beef sauce. These ingredients are processed in a special way with the addition of broth, so they are cooked with copper snakehead fish, so they have a rich and delicious taste. The fish is made from well-prepared snakehead fish, so the fish is firm, tough, and not fishy. It is known that the fish after being boiled will be lightly marinated with a little turmeric powder to remove the fishy smell as well as create a natural color for the fish to look more beautiful.
A bowl of hot vermicelli is brought out, the broth is covered with a golden color to bring up the smell of turmeric and lemongrass. The green “color” for this noodle dish is a little cowpea, crunchy, very strange. And of course, you should not miss the plate of fresh vegetables with all kinds of vegetables, which are shredded bananas, cornflowers, herbs, bean sprouts, water lilies, …
Those who are afraid of the smell of fish sauce should not worry when enjoying this noodle dish. The broth does not have a strong smell of fish sauce, but it is drowned out by the light aroma of fruit and lemongrass. Just smelling it from afar makes me hungry already!
Where to eat Noodle Num Bo Choc?
In Saigon, Bun Num Bo Choc is sold in many places to meet the needs of diners who come to eat every day. The price of each bowl of vermicelli ranges from 40,000 – 70,000 VND, not cheap but filling and worthy to try strange dishes..
2! Nice will suggest you one or two famous noodle shops below!
Miss Dieu’s shop. Address: Ho Thi Ky market, District 10, HCMC. Tu Xe restaurant: Address: 57/27 Ho Thi Ky, Ward 1, District 10, City. HCM. .