Bun bo Hue at Cô Thành
“The first time I had this, I thought, ‘Wow! What is it? This is amazing.’ It was so complex – like a party in your mouth – yet balanced. As Anthony Bourdain put it, ‘There are neighbourhoods in the soup’. And it’s true: all the different textures, flavours, aromas, you can taste the neighbourhood.”
Originating from the Hue region of central Vietnam, bun bo hue is a hearty noodle soup that’s as bold as it is comforting. It’s a generous bowl of noodles in robust beef broth, which is at once savoury, spicy and slightly sweet with flavours that have been built slowly over time. The bowl is brimming with tender brisket, rare rib eye steak, house-made light but springy beef balls, a pork and beef sausage that explodes with juice, shaved morning glory, banana blossoms and fried shallots. It’s dynamic and delicious.