Bun Cha in Hanoi
You can get Bun Cha on almost every corner in Hanoi
and it's almost always delicious. The Bun Cha served in the states pales in comparison to what's served in Vietnam
. Not only do you receive an entire plate full of butter lettuce topped with an assortment of local herbs of at least 4 or 5 different varieties, but the dipping sauce comes in a huge bowl filled with sugar, citrus juice, fish sauce, water and thin slices of green papaya. The balance between the cold noodles, the bitterness, of the herbs, the saltiness of the spring roll and the sweetness of the sauce is to die for. This dish definitely epitomizes the flavor and refreshing nature of Vietnamese cuisine.