No name for fame at this Chau Doc fish noodle stall
With no shiny billboard, a bun ca (fish noodle soup) stall near Chau Doc Market in Mekong Delta province An Giang, has been going strong for over 20 years.
On a tour of Chau Doc, a Mekong Delta town bordering Cambodia and home to many spiritual sites in southern Vietnam, don’t forget to visit Ms. Le’s fish noodle soup stall near Chau Doc Market, well-known for its salted, dried seafood and fish sauce, all Mekong Delta specialties.
Le used to sell the dish from her shoulder pole. Later, she found a location near Chau Doc Market and has been operating for more than 20 years.
Bun ca Chau Doc, or Chau Doc fish noodle soup, originated in Cambodia before people in the Mekong Delta tweaked it to fit their taste. Now it can be found almost everywhere in Chau Doc Town, 250 kilometers west of Ho Chi Minh City.
The success of the dish lies in its sweet broth made from fermented carp, shrimp paste, livestock bones and other ingredients like auttum crosscus and crushed turmeric. Don’t forget to enjoy the dish with vegetables like water spinach, banana flower, bean sprouts, dien dien or sesban flowers, accompanied with a bowl of tamarind sauce.
In Chau Doc, the dish is served with a plate of roasted pork (heo quay).
Quang Thien, a customer, said though eating this dish in many different places, he still finds Chau Doc fish noodle soup at Le’s stall the most special.
Photos by Quang Thien