Bún bò Huế (or we just call it bún bò), (bun bo) is a spicy noodle soup dish. Scroll down for the step-by-step recipe.
The visual guide
The image below shows the the components of bún bò.
What you will need to make bún bò
Part 1. Kitchenware
These are the kitchen utensils etc. you need to make bún bò (bun bo hue), including the essential large stainless steel sock pot with lid
Part 2. Ingredients
These are the ingredients you need to make bún bò such as lemon grass, beef shank and tendon. Also including all the extras like banana blossum, bean sprouts, mint, thai basil, iceberg lettuce, coriander, spring onion and lime.
Bún bò Huế recipe: In 12 easy steps
This recipe makes 8-10 servings of bún bò (bun bo hue), if you want to make 4-6 servings you can halve the quantities of the listed ingredients, for example use 3.5 litres of water.
I recommend making 8-10 servings especially because it can be a long process making the broth, so you might as well refrigerate or freeze a bit of the stock and use this to effortlessly make a bowl of bún bò during a busy week. Also refrigerating the stock will allow the flavour to develop.
Part 1 of the bún bò recipe
This is mainly about making the broth.
Part 2 of the bún bò recipe
This is about completing the broth, slicing the meat, chopping the herbs, and cooking the noodles.
The chilli oil mixture (step 7), gives bún bò that spicy kick. It can be added to the pot if everyone you are cooking for likes spicy hot food. However if you are cooking for some people who don't like their food too spicy, just add a teaspoon amount to the broth; or leave the chilli oil mixture to one side and add it accordingly to each bowl, before serving.
Part 3 of the bún bò recipe
The final part of the recipe is about serving the dish.