In your journeys to find the most delicious food, put tasting Bun Moc on your list. Bun Moc is pork soup with pork ribs, different kinds of luncheon and pork balls. Like any Vietnamese soup, you build your own flavours with a selection of fresh salad greens and herbs, sauces, fresh chillies and lime wedges.
For an added treat, try the most famous version in the area that you’re visiting. I discovered this light and flavourful soup on my first trip to Viet Nam at a very popular Ho Chi Minh City eatery on the corner of Nguyen An Ninh and Truong Dinh Streets, just a stone’s throw from Ben Thanh Market. There’s barely a seat to be had at this street food restaurant, such is the popularity. It’s one of the City’s original street food restaurants of apparently humble beginnings that began selling Bun Moc in the mornings as a breakfast dish on the road side. Demand grew quickly as the word spread on how good it was, so gradually the restaurant expanded to larger premises and selling all day.
Another favourite place that I enjoy eating Bun Moc is Nha Hang Ngon in central Ho Chi Minh City. Large trees, lots of cooling water and nice tables overlooking the street set the scene for a delicious meal here, which ranges from authentic dishes like Bun moc to ‘hit the spot’ fare like sandwiches with fries. The atmosphere is that of a tropical and stylish retreat set in a grand house.