Bun riêu is a Vietnamese crab based soup noodle dish. There are few different types of Bun Rieu, but today I would like to introduce you Bun rieu cua, the version with crab tomatoes, pork, and some pieces of tofu as well.
The soup calls for crab paste made from paddy crabs, which give the broth its main flavor, along with stewed tomatoes, that contribute a slightly tart and natural sweetness to the dish. The complex mixture of ingredients and flavors in the broth, paired with rice vermicelli noodles, pieces of meat and crab paste, a beautiful selection of condiments like shrimp paste, chilies, and limes, and finally a pile of both blanched and raw vegetables, is what makes the dish so delicious.
Where to eat the best Bun Rieu Cua in Hanoi?
– Bun Rieu Cua at 11 Hang Bac St , Old Quater – “ Famous place for Bun Rieu Cua which uses crab paste to make their crab broth. It’s lovely to watch the lady scoop up the fragrant crab broth. Ahhh. Lovely,” – Thanis Lim
– 40 Hàng Tre, Lý Thái Tổ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam: “This is comfort food at its best. This creamy soup is much like pho, with big servings of rice vermicelli noodles, crab, and a fresh assortment of herbs, like mint, basil, and dill. Where to try it: Bun Rieu Cua, 40 Hàng Tre.“- Claire Voldman
– 13 Hoè Nhai, Nguyễn Trung Trực, Ba Đình, Hanoi, Vietnam: “Served with fried tofu and thinly sliced beef fillets. The favourite place to have bún riêu for local students is in Hoè Nhai street. Although portions may be smaller, the prices here are unbeatable.” – Tran Vy Dan
– 15 Phố Hàng Chĩnh, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam- Bun Rieu Hai Beo : “This no-fuss restaurant’s name refers to the ‘fat’ (beo) owner Hai who serves delicious hot bowls of bun rieu (crab noodle soup). Choose your protein – meat, blood jelly, or tofu – to go with the herbs, rice noodles and dissolving cakes of crushed crab (shell and all) in a tomato broth.”
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