i know there’s a BunBunBun on the Shoreditch end of Kingsland Road but a little while ago they opened another Kingsland Road location much closer to my home so i had to try it. i’m really glad i haven’t completely given up because this was pretty good, although a bit mysterious! why, you ask? well, i decided to order my go to dish (i was alone so one dish it was) – on the menu described as Bún chả Hà Nội 11.5 Hanoi Bún - Served as it is served in Hanoi [grilled lemongrass pork, mini grilled pork patties in a meat broth with a crispy spring roll]. sounded intriguing. and it was. the lemongrass pork (again cut thicker than I think it should be but nicely charred) and moist pork patties came in a small bowl of broth that tasted like a good beef pho broth laced with nước chấm - tangy and somewhat sweet. there was some pickled carrot and daikon in there too. then a large dish with rice noodles, shredded lettuce, herbs. and chillies. oh, and that was a nice non-greasy crispy spring roll too. i had no idea how to eat this so tried it two ways. spooning the broth onto the noodles, and then putting some of the noodles into the broth, and a third way - transferring the noodles into a spoon loaded with some meat and broth. no one laughed at me but i still have no idea how it’s supposed to be eaten. if you know, tell me! that’s all i had this time but the flavours and presentation were right on - i think they should add some beansprouts and cucumber, though - and i will go back and try something new - hopefully with the guy so i can sample more than one dish at a time. ok then!
no glamour in here. it’s bare bones
my grilled pork hanoi bun