Vietnamese bun cha
Every summer I need a new simple, easy to prepare dish for when the weather is hot and i dont want to stand over the cooker for long periods, or have the oven turned on.Enter my refreshing Summer 2022 go-to meal. One of the reasons I have selected this dish is because of its emphasis on fresh ingredients.The dish of grilled pork and rice noodles is thought to have originated from Hanoi, Vietnam.
Vietnamese bún chả—a vibrant mix of grilled pork, crisp salad ingredients, and delicate yet resilient rice vermicelli, all united by a light yet vibrant sauce—is an ideal meal for a hot summer night. You start by boiling dried rice vermicelli, after which you rinse them well and spread them on a platter to dry. you then mix up the bold and zesty sauce known as nuoc cham using lime juice, sugar, and fish sauce. To ensure that every drop of the sauce is flavoured with garlic and chilli, I added a portion of the sugar to help grind the pungent ingredients into a fine paste.Now for the surprise element. To ensure the patties are nice and juicy baking soda is mixed into the ground pork, which brings out the meat's pH, and helps the meat retain moisture and brown during the 8-minute grilling time. As with tradition, the pork is seasoned with shallot, fish sauce, sugar, and pepper. Briefly soaking the grilled patties in the sauce is a traditional step that further flavours the patties and imbues the sauce with substantial grill flavour.