Nguyen Thi Lien, the owner of the 26-year-old restaurant, said, bun cha (rice noodles with grilled pork), is a street food which has been popular in Hanoi for a long time.
Lien said her restaurant is very popular, nearly 500 diners daily, because they have a special way to marinate the meat which creates a special flavor and taste for the grilled pork.
Before being grilled over charcoal, the pork belly is marinated with fish sauce, sugar, onion and pepper for hours. The grilled pork must be neither too raw nor too well-done to ensure the softness and sweetness of the meat. The grilled pork is served with rice noodles and a dipping sweet-sour sauce made from garlic, chili, sugar, vinegar and fish sauce. The dipping sauce is another secret behind the savory taste of bun cha.
Former US President Barack Obama tried bun cha at the restaurant in 2016.
Watcharas Leelawath from Thailand, who heard about Bun cha Obama from his friends, said the dish, with its amazingly delicious taste, truly deserves to be tried when visiting Hanoi.
Open from 8 am to 8pm, the restaurant is most crowded during lunch time. They have now opened a second restaurant at No. 59, Lang Ha street.
Bun cha Obama, only 40,000 dong (1.7 US dollars), is a good choice for visitors who want to taste a typical dish of the capital city.