Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Meat)

Hanoi Grilled Pork Recipe

(Bun Cha)

Ingredients : Serves 4

1 tablespoon

2 tablespoons

1 large clove


2 teaspoons

1 teaspoon

500 g

250 g

125 g


Light muscovado sugar

Vietnamese fish sauce

Garlic, finely chopped

Shallot, finely chopped

Palm or golden caster sugar


Boneless pork lion, minced

Rice noodles, cooked

Bean sprouts

Coriander (cilantro) leaves, basil leaves, mint leaves and chives

Lettuce leaves, torn

Method :
  • Gently melt the light muscovado sugar with two-thirds of the fish sauce in a heavy based saucepan, stirring all the time.

  • Allow to cool a little then transfer it to a bowl and combine it with the garlic, shallot, palm or caster sugar, the remaining fish sauce and salt.

  • Add the minced pork, mix thoroughly, then cover and leave to stand for 3 hours.

  • Shape the minced pork into 20-24 flat little patties, about 1 inch in diameter, place them under a preheated grill and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, until cooked through. The patties are also very good cooked on the barbecue.

  • To serve, divide the noodles between 4 warmed bowls, add the pork, torn lettuce leaves, bean sprouts and herbs.

  • Spoon the dipping sauce over the whole lot.

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