From bún trườn huế to lớn bún chả, chef, writer & travel tv host Anthony Bourdain loved eating in For the curious foodies who want lớn retrace the footsteps of this legendary gourmvà, here are some of his favourite spots in Hanoi & Ho Chi Minc City and what khổng lồ order when you"re there.

Bạn đang xem: The anthony bourdain hoi an banh mi

Of all the individuals who have sầu fallen under’s spell, no one’s obsession with Vietphái mạnh outmatches that of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. Over 206 episodes and two television shows, no country has enraptured the brazen itinerant more so than Vietphái mạnh, a country he called“one of his favourite places on earth.”

" It grabs you & doesn’t let you go. Once you love sầu it, you love sầu it forever." - Anthony Bourdain


Early in his television career, Bourdainmade his love sầu of known, taking viewers on an espionage-themed tour around the northern region of the country in an episode ofNo Reservations entitled “ The Islvà of Mr. Sang". Channeling his inner James Bond, Bourdaindiscovered“squeasel” & also learned the potency of the local brew, rượu đế, cqaugusta.comese moonshine.

A few seasons later, he returned to lớn giới for a homecoming of sorts, as implied by the episode’s title “ There’s No Place Like Home.” At the end of the episode, Bourdain wasseen contemplating the life of an expat. Later on, he visited the imperial capital of Huế in Parts Unknown, sampling dishes like cơm trắng hến (minced baby clams on sesame rice crackers) và the legendary Bún trườn Huế, in its birthplace.


His wasnot so much an obsession as it wasan earnest love sầu admiration for Vietphái mạnh & its people. In the season eight opener of Parts Unknown,Bourdain once again foundhimself in Vietphái mạnh, this time in the capital of Hanoi. The day startedoff with streetside bún ốc, & endedwith the cheerful clinking of bia hơi.But the highlight of this episode wasaguest appearance byUS President Barachồng Obama.

President Obama & Bourdain sat downlớn a 70,000 VNDtableof bún chả, a Hanoian speciality. As Bourdain appraisedthe president’s chopstiông chồng techniques, the two bonded over a shared love of the Southeast Asian region and the importance of cultural openness.Underscoring each episode wasa story oftenderness and affection that is uncharacteristically Bourdain, yet understandable to lớn those who have visited.


All the senses are engaged here.

Bourdain always celebrated cuisines with strong identities that don’t rely on pomp to lớn create a statement, which explains his particular reverence towards cqaugusta.comese food.cqaugusta.comese cuisine is complete, providinga balanced, multisensory interplay of flavours, textures and aromas. cqaugusta.comese food needs no extra frills lớn make an impact.

Ready lớn follow Bourdain"s footsteps around Here are a few highlights for your list.

Bún bò Huế at The Lunch Lady in Ho Chi Minc City

The famed Lunch Lady (23 Hoang Sa Street, Phuong Da Kao, District 1, HCMC) is situated in an unassumingalleywayon the northern edge of District 1. Hordes of cqaugusta.comese businessfolk and now, tourists, meet here around lunch time. Snag a table closeto lớn the sản phẩm điện thoại kitchen where Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanhorchestrates the operation. These are seats toa theatrical performance complete with the sounds of cleavers pounding against wooden boards and men barking out orders.

Xem thêm: Khai Trương Siêu Thị Mẹ&Bé Tuticare Biên Hòa, Thành Phố Biên Hòa, Đồng Nai

The lunch lady"sBún bò Huế (40,000 VND) is darkbrothriddled with a generous amount offatty pig trotter, slices of beef brisket, & a hefty log of phụ thân lua, a type of cqaugusta.comese sausage. Svào citrus notes come through from abroth that"s simmered with stalks of lemongrass.


Bún chả at Bún chả Hương Liên in Hanoi

Bun Cha Obama. That’s what this small canteen-style joint located on Le Van Huu street is now popularly known as. Ever since a pholớn of President Obama and Anthony Bourdain perched on low stools was released in late May năm 2016, the unpretentious eatery has become Hanoi’s most bustling bún chả hotspot. Now, it features the very table they ate at enshrined in addition to a new location named after the US President. Try the “Combo Obama,” a giảm giá khuyến mãi of a cold bottle of Bia TP Hà Nội, bún chả and seafood nem rán, all for the stunningly low cost of 85,000 VND.


Bún chả is the food of the cqaugusta.comese middle class. However, its smell -- the smell of grilledpork patties -- hangs in the air and waftsout of canteens all over Hanoi. Expect a large bowl of brothmade with nước chấm,sugar, andvinegar, a smattering of patties & grilled pork swimming around in the bowl, plusa serving ofbúnrice vermicelli, và a plate of fresh herbs.

Bourdain did right by his endorsement of this street food thành quả. This spot is something you should not miss on a visit khổng lồ Hanoi.


To map out your very own Bourdain-inspired foodie excursion through giới, here are the establishments & dishes you cannot miss:

Want more Vietphái mạnh travel ideas? Sign up for our newsletter to lớn receive our best stories in your inbox.