Vietnamese dishes, ingredients, cooking terms and technique where word-by-word wouldn’t do.

What is bún đậu mắm tôm?


Vietnamese language break down:

  • Bún means rice vermicelli
  • Đậu means tofu
  • Mắm tôm is fermented shrimp paste


Bún đậu mắm tôm

Bún đậu mắm tôm


Bún đậu mắm tôm is a “dip noodle” dish which consist of rice vermicelli, fragrant herbs, fried tofu and/or boiled pork, fried pork terrine served with shrimp paste dipping sauce.

This is a very popular Hanoi dish, ask a Hanoian you meet on the street how many time they’ve tried this dish, they couldn’t remember.

The fermented shrimp paste is quite pungent but when you can eat it, you will love it.


How to eat bún đậu mắm tôm?

Make your dipping sauce: add lime or cumquat juice into the sauce bowl, whisk the shrimp paste till it foamy, add chilli as you like. Taste and ạdjust.
Eat: Look at people around you and see how.  Quickly dip rice vermicelli or/and other ingredients in to the sauce – don’t take to much, it’s salty –  and enjoy.