Take one step onto Kingsland Road in London’s East End. One step. It’s all it takes. Count the number of Vietnamese restaurants you’ve seen so far. If the number is less than 37, then you’re clearly in the wrong Kingsland Road (you poor, lost soul. There’s this thing called Google Maps, you know?). In fact, there’s so many similar looking shops, that you’d be forgiven to think it’s some part of chain restaurant experiment where all shops in the street have the same owner.
So it comes down to the food on each one to stand out and make a difference. Which is where BúnBúnBún comes into play. A Bún is basically a soup with noodles and some beef. Simple. And it’s this place specialty. And if you’re going to repeat your specialty three times in the title, it better be good.
And it is. It’s also very strange. Their signature dish, Hanoi Bún, whose soup comes with lemongrass pork and pork patties, is plain bizarre. It also comes with loads of salads and toppings that, as I was told, you’re meant to “dunk” into the soup. And so I did. Boy it was good. And ohhh boy it was messy.
But in the spirit of this blog, the messier, the better. If I leave a restaurant with stains on my shirt, then I consider that bonus points. And after dunking over and over, my shirt pretty much changed colour. No clue if the other joints in Kingsland Road offer something quite as delicious and unique. But if they do, then I better get some new, non-white clothing and try them all!
Slimy? Incredibly so. Maybe it’s me, but eating soup with chopsticks just isn’t natural
Satisfying? So tasty and interesting it more than makes up for the mess you’re bound to leave on the table!