Bun bo Hue at Cô Thành

Crave - - FEAST - Brian Woo, owner

“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.

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