Like durian, bun dau mam tom, Vietnamese fermented shrimp paste noodle, may be smelly but both these foods have a loyal fanbase. Here"s why.

If your travel bucket danh mục includes trying worldly cuisine, there should be room in it for bun dau mam tom – Vietnamese fermented shrimp paste noodle. Sure, pho, bun thân phụ, banh mi, banh xeo may be among the most popular in Vietnam, but if you would lượt thích khổng lồ try something a little more unique, then bun dau mam tom should be in that các mục. We know it sounds a little unappetizing when we say fermented shrimp paste noodle, but hopefully this article will be able khổng lồ convince you as lớn why you should try it at least once.

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A portion of bun dau mam tom contains vermicelli (bun roi), pork belly, young rice cake, tofu, herbs, cucumber & shrimp paste

What is Vietnamese fermented shrimp paste noodle?

I bet you thought durian was probably the smelliest food you could find in Vietnam giới. Wrong! Bun dau mam tom gives it a good run for its money. Like durian, people get addicted to it very easily và the fact is that it’s one of the local’s favorite dishes – especially those from the North. It is so true when people say that Vietnamese cuisine doesn’t win any points for complexity. If it is too complicated, it can’t be classified as a street food. This is also the key to lớn success in the street food business.

Bun dau mam tom has three main ingredients: vermicelli noodle, fried tofu, and shrimp paste. So, if you easily have sầu access to these three main ingredients, you can become a vendor owner or even start your own F&B business in Vietphái nam. However, there is one kind of veggie called Vietnamese balm, accompanying other kinds of vegetables on the plate like perilla leaf, fish mint, or cucumber, that play a really important role in making the delicious flavor in your mouth.

It is so true when people say that Vietnamese cuisine doesn’t win any points for complexity. If it is too complicated, it can’t be classified as a street food. This is also the key lớn success in the street food business.

A lot of Vietnamese people love sầu this dish

You can tell a good bun dau mam tom by the fried tofu và the shrimp paste they serve sầu. The tofu should be deep fried until it turns yellow on the outside but still retains moisture, softness, và the original taste on the inside. The shrimp paste shouldn’t be too salty or too thichồng, but it definitely needs lớn have sầu a specific sour taste from the letháng or kumquat served & the spice from the chili.

Squeeze kumquat in the shrimp paste to lớn enhance its flavor và make the smell less svào

The restaurant/stall version of bun dau mam tom will have sầu steamed pork, green rice pork nuggets, small pig intestine, large pig intestine that is stuffed with veggies & grilled, và fried spring rolls as extra options for you khổng lồ choose from. Order as you wish.

Where to lớn find fermented shrimp paste noodle in Vietnam

AB is a popular dish in Hanoi, the capital city of Vietphái mạnh. Almost every Hanoian loves this dish. It is such a simple dish và moreover, it is cheap. Just spkết thúc 15,000 VND (less than 1 USD) và you will have a full belly afterward. Lucky for you, because of the người club trailing this dish, it has spread throughout the country. You can now find bun dau mam tom in Da Nang, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Saigon, etc, but you will have to lớn vày some research on where you can find it in these cities.

A delicious platter!

Generally, in Vietphái nam you’ll see many a street food vendor carrying a bamboo pole that supports two magical baskets, one at each kết thúc. If she also carries a pan, a mini gas stove, a bag of veggies, a plastic box of shrimp paste, và many tofu pieces, then you’ve hit the jackpot! These women know how khổng lồ serve sầu the dish best but you can also find it in restaurants.

If you ever visit Hanoi, you should try bun dau mam tom in a small alleyway located off Hang Kxuất xắc street, right opposite Hoan Kiem lake. This tiny alley is numbered 31 and has two different spots that serve sầu bun dau mam tom. Both vendors serve sầu the dish beautifully và both are equally delicious. Many foodies make detours here. The average price for a flat winnowing basket of bun dau mam tom with accompanying sides is about 40,000 VND (almost 2 USD).

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Where to find the best bun dau mam tom in Saigon

1. Bun dau Homemade, 1 Nguyen Van Trang, D.1

Located on the corner of Nguyen Van Trang and Le Lai streets, Bun dau Homemade stands out due lớn its nice yellow decoration. With a large space & quite comfy tables, this place is a favorite lunch spot for office staff working in the area nearby. Here is a tip for you – if your time is flexible, try khổng lồ avoid lunch time. For 65,000 VND (almost 3 USD), you will have sầu a full plate of bun dau with all the side options. A bonus is that, to meet their customers’ needs (ie: variety in what they want for lunch) this place also offers other special dishes from Hanoi.

2. Bun dau Cau Go, 202 Nguyen Trai, D.1

Bun dau Cau Go is another popular spot for the Saigonese or tourists khổng lồ find good bun dau. This place is also decorated in yellow, so it is easy lớn notice from a distance. Their only items on their menu are fermented shrimp paste noodle with fried tofu, pork, green rice pork nuggets, and squid nuggets & drinks lượt thích tea or Pepmê say, so you won’t be overwhelmed by choices. This is probably why they are able to lớn meet their customers’ demands pretty fast. Just five sầu minutes after you place your order, you will be served.

Opening time: 8 AM – 11 PM

3. Bun dau Co Khan, 102/26 Cong Quynh, D.1

Bun dau Co Khan is probably one of the very first spots in Saigon that sells fermented shrimp paste noodle. Run by Trang Khan, a famous model & actress in Vietphái nam, this place easily became famous. The crusty fried tofu and the funky fried intestine served here bring in a lot of customers. Beside bun dau, this place also has other kinds of noodle cooked with shrimp paste that you should try.

Opening time: 10 AM – 9 PM

4. Bun dau A Vung, 55 Luong Huu Khanh hao, D.1

Spacious, with fast service and an air-conditioned second floor are definitely in the top five sầu reasons as to why people visit this place often. But of course, the number one reason is the taste. There are many choices for you here khổng lồ order: original shrimp paste with tofu and pork, intestine, and stuffed snails. The price is also pretty cheap – it varies from 30,000 VND to lớn 70,000 VND for one person (1 lớn 3 USD) depending on what you order.

Opening time: 9 AM – 10 PM

5. Bun dau Tien Hai, 409 Nguyen Tri Phuong, D.10

This place is a little bit far from the thành phố center, but it is located on a pretty busy street so it’s is always packed. Since it is a popular hang-out spot, you’ll have sầu khổng lồ wait a bit for your order to lớn arrive sầu.

Opening time: 10 AM – 10:30 PM

How lớn eat bun dau mam tom

The simplicity of this dish might make you think that it is quite easy lớn eat. But nope, this is not the case.

You’ll need a little help from our friend!First, a warning – the fried tofu will be extremely hot. Make sure you don’t burn your mouth.Add kumquat/lime lớn your shrimp paste and mix with your chopsticks. The shrimp paste should be mixed well enough until you see a frothy surface.Every bite you take should include a Vietnamese palm leaf. You will be surprised by the interesting taste it creates.If you can’t handle the shrimp paste, fish sauce or soy sauce can replace it. But then what’s the point?This dish is not a breakfast friendly dish. It is fermented shrimp paste và those who have sầu a sensitive stomach might feel a little bit unpleasant after having it, especially in the morning.If possible, you should shave before a bun dau mam tom feast. The smell will remain until you wash your beard properly! Just kidding! Actually, you will get gum or a mint candy after your meal. No need lớn worry about the smell.

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Now you’ve sầu got the tips. Let’s make it happen. Tell us about your fermented shrimp paste noodle adventures. Was it a mouthful just lượt thích the name?


Here is the information of the restaurant featured in Onetrip’s Street Feast Clip.

Name of dish: Bun dau mam tomPrice: ~35,000 – 100,000 VND per personOpening hours: From 10 AM khổng lồ 11 PMAddress: 1 Nguyen Van Trang, D.1, HCMC

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