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Flavourfull And Wholesome Bun Bo Hue Recipe



Bun Bo Hue Recipe or bun bo is a popular Vietnamese soup containing rice vermicelli and beef. It is considered to be one of the hidden gems of Vietnamese cuisine that is a perfect balance of flavors.

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What Is Bun Bo Hue?

The literal meaning of bun bo Hue is beef noodles from Hue in which Bun means noodles, Bo means beef, and Hue is the city in Central Vietnam, from which it originated. While The traditional Bun bo Hue recipe features beef shank and gelatinous pig blood, It is also made from pork bones.

The broth for bun bo Hue is prepared by slowly simmering various types of beef and pork bones (oxtail, beef shank, pork neck bones, pork feet, and pork knuckles) with a lot of lemongrasses. The fiery spices, created by frying together garlic, shallots, red pepper flakes, shrimp paste, and ground annatto seeds are added later in the cooking process. Though not conventional, some people even add a ripe pineapple to the broth thus lending it a fruity, citrusy flavor.

Assembling this spicy bowl of delight is easy. Thick round rice noodles are added to a bowl and then topped with slices of brisket, pieces of ham hocks, and cubes of congealed pig’s blood. The broth is ladled on top and then finished with a garnish of sliced onions, cilantro, shredded cabbage or banana blossoms, bean sprouts, Thai basil, and other Vietnamese herbs.

An authentic component is cubes of congealed pork blood which is prepared by allowing fresh blood to coagulate and then boiling it with salt to solidify it.

Banana blossoms are another component that really elevates this dish but if it is not available, you can make do with red cabbage.

Ultimately it is the sate or spicy chile condiment that makes this dish what it is and separates it from a hearty pho, this is why Bun bo Hue is jokingly called pho’s hotter, younger, spicier cousin.

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Difference Between A Pho And Bun Bo Hue?

There are several differences between these delicious Vietnamese dishes.

  1. Pho uses flat noodles while bun bo Hue uses thick round noodles.
  2. The broth in pho is typically all beef, or all chicken, and served with cuts of meat from the same animal, while bun bo Hue typically uses both beef and pork in the same broth.
  3. Although pho does not lack in flavor in the least, bun bo Hue does pack more of a punch due to the chile paste.

Recipe For Bun Bo Hue


  • 1 lb brisket
  • 1 lb oxtail or pig bones
  • 3 stalks crushed lemongrass
  • 2 shallots halved
  • 3 tbsp ground annatto seeds
  • 3 stalks minced lemongrass
  • 1 shallot chopped roughly
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 4 Thai chilies
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup chili flakes
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp shrimp paste
  • 8 beef meatballs halved
  • 8 Vietnamese ham slices
  • ½ cup pigs blood cut into cubes
  • 14 oz vermicelli (thick)
  • ¼ red onion finely sliced
  • 1 cup sliced banana blossoms
  • 4 stems sawtooth coriander
  • 4 cilantro sprigs
  • 4 Thai basil sprigs
  • 1 cup bean sprouts


  1. Bring 8 cups of water to a boil in a large pot
  2. Rinse the oxtails or pig bones and add to this pot along with lemongrass and shallots and allow to simmer on low flame for 3.5 hours.
  3. Now add the brisket and allow to simmer for another 2 hours.
  4. While the broth is simmering, make the sate paste of the lemongrass, shallots, garlic, and chilies in the food processor.
  5. Switch off the broth once done and add more water and check the salt and seasonings.
  6. Now heat the oil in a saucepan on medium heat until it shimmers and add the sate paste and fry. Keep stirring for 1-2 mins.
  7. Switch off the flame and add the chili flakes, sugar, fish sauce, and shrimp paste.
  8. Cook the noodles as per the package
  9. Assemble the noodles in the bowl followed by the brisket, beef balls, ham, and pig blood.
  10. Put 1-2 tbsp of sate depending on your spice tolerance
  11. Ladle on the broth and top off with banana blossoms, bean sprouts, sliced onions, sawtooth coriander, cilantro, and Thai basil.

This traditional dish can grace your table at a formal dinner.  Look at our website foodiewish.com for more unique and traditional recipes that you will love to whip up.




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