It’s rare I find a place where I’m comfortable just raving about the food, but Bon Bo Nam Bo Restaurant in Hanoi is worth any and all accolades it might receive. You probably wouldn’t think much of it upon approach. It’s located at 67 Hang Dieu Street in the Old Quarter and looks a tad rundown, to say the least. You certainly don’t want to eat off the floor.
The place is quintessential Vietnam and a must-try during the lunch hour. I tried the restaurant’s namesake, the Bon Bo Nam Bo, which are beef noodles or stirred beef vermicelli. I prefer to call it the miracle in your mouth. That amount of flavors in one bowl is something I’ve never experienced before. It contains lemon and chili, to be sure, but what else was in it I can’t pinpoint.
You might actually be stuck trying it if you go, as I think it’s the only real meal they serve.
The only qualm I have with the place is the struggle it takes to get fed. This place is popular and when I went there, dozens of locals and foreigners were standing around, so making my way to the front was an ordeal. Still, it was certainly worth the effort.
They sell drinks, too, of course but whatever you do don’t forget the soup! At less than $3, this meal is a steal.
Bon Bo Nam Bo
89 Hàng Điếu, Cửa Đông
Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
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