A great place for enjoying bún đậu mắm tôm, a speciality from the North of Vietnam.
Mắm tôm attack!
Wait, it's a tasty attack, don't run before you read this!
Bún đậu mắm tôm is a traditional dish from the North of Vietnam. It contains tofu, white noodles, meat and herbs, namely perilla and Vietnamese balm.
The clue is to dip the food in a strong sauce made of fermented shrimps. Even if you don't like mam tom (the shrimp paste, I confess it's vile and one of the very few Vietnamese ingredients that I find really hard to stand), you should try this
It's surprisingly delicious, especially since the kumquat cuts the pungency of the mam tom.
This particular restaurant - Quán Bún Đậu Cô Khàn - fries the tofu fresh and also the other ingredients are fresh and good. The open secret for a good experience is also using the fresh and young leaves of the herbs. Older leaves are chewy and don't fit the dish.
We loved it.
PS: I love the sign that says "Kumquats are for the sauce not for drinks!" Because some people order water and make their own lemonade on the table apparently instead of ordering the lovely kumquat tea they sell. :D
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