Noodles with shrimp paste (Bun dau mam tom) - the most interesting things about the culinary elite of Ha Noi

Although it is just a popular dish present on the streets and alleys of Hanoi, the attraction called "bun dau mam tom" has never diminished. People eat regardless of sunny days, rainy days, winter days, cold days. "Let's eat as much as you like," who said that they are craving for the strong smell of shrimp paste, the greasy smell of fried rice, soft and tender pork leg meat served with marjoram and perilla. A perfect blend so that one can eat this dish for a whole week without getting bored.

  1. Origin of bun dau mam tom

Origin of bun dau mam tom 


As one of the dishes representing the culinary culture of Ha Thanh, of course, many people will research and learn about the origin of bun dau mam tom. However, there is no exact answer.

According to the ancients, this dish was made by the countryside people when there were only noodles, tofu with a few raw vegetables, mainly to change plates for the family. But it's not difficult to open a noodle shop with shrimp paste. Two baskets inside were full of all the ingredients, with baby chairs slung over their waists.

Wherever people call in, they sometimes sit right there or find an alley that specializes in serving the people around. That's why you see noodles with shrimp paste appearing everywhere, even in the most modest areas.

Only those who have more conditions and want to do big business will open shops. Many people like to sit in a "crowded" place a bit but warm, sitting next to a pan of tofu and fried rice nuggets. That is called enjoying Ha Thanh cuisine.

At first, the shrimp paste noodles were fried beans with shrimp paste and few raw vegetables, as the name suggests. But after coming to Ha Thanh, city people eat more "connoisseurs," along with the rise of life, people begin to mix more noodles. A complete meal includes vermicelli, beans, fried pork belly, boiled pork leg, fried rice, cucumber, perilla, marjoram.

In Hanoi, when it comes to bun dau mam tom, the most famous one is Hang Khay alley - around the lakeside area. Every house is full of guests from morning to night, serving the waiters without rest. Then people order more kumquats, people less vermicelli, people add beans it's too busy. Or, if you don't want to go far, we dare to affirm that a shop will sell this dish in any street or alley.

  • How to eat Bun Dau Mam Tom in Hanoi ? (When eating, you use chopsticks to pick up a piece of Bun La (noodle in shape of leaf), dip it into Mam Tom and put in your mouth. Then, you can pick some fired tofu, boiled pork and so on. In particular, when enjoying, you should have a dink which is a little bit sour such as lemon tea, plum juice and so on. It is very wonderful!)

How to make delicious bun dau mam tom

The first step when making noodles with shrimp paste is the selection of ingredients. Main ingredients include tofu, vermicelli, spring rolls, pork, shrimp paste.

  1. Choose delicious tofu
  2. Choose noodle
  3. Choose pork
  4. Choose spring rolls
  5. Choose shrimp paste

Choose delicious tofu


I thought any bean would be fine. Fried any bean would be delicious, but it's not. Many people still have to buy Mo tofu from Mai Dong village tofu - formerly in Ke Mo of Hoang Mai district to have the best tofu. According to the sharing, the beans here have a unique flavor that, when fried, you will see a characteristic fatty aroma. The bean pod is golden, crispy, but the inside is not dry, still soft and smooth.

Choose noodle


Have you ever heard of Tu Ky noodle village? Tu Ky vermicelli is made from fragrant white Hai Hau rice with a very elaborate process to create a traditional noodle dish. When you eat it, it feels excellent and delicious. Tu Ky vermicelli village currently belongs to residential group 14.15 of Hoang Liet ward, Hoang Mai district.

Choose pork


Pork to make delicious vermicelli with shrimp paste must be bacon or pork leg meat. Note that the color of the flesh is bright red or crimson. When pressed by hand, there will be dents, but when removed, there are no marks. The meat is firm, elastic, not runny or mushy.

Choose spring rolls


The most famous fried rice is Vong village. When eating a piece of cha, there is a fragrance, the smooth taste of both pork, and the faint aroma of nuggets.

Choose shrimp paste


Shrimp paste is considered the "quintessential" of the dish. So to have a good bowl of shrimp paste, many people will choose shrimp paste in Hau Loc - Thanh Hoa. The shrimp paste must be slightly pink and have a characteristic aroma.

Steps to make delicious bun dau mam tom

  1. Process ingredients
  2. Mix shrimp paste

Process ingredients

First, you cut the tofu into bite-sized squares. With pork belly or pork leg, wash and drain. Then put in a pot with 1 liter of water, bring to a boil. Next, thinly slice the bacon (pork leg meat) and arrange it on a plate.

You put it in an oil pan and fry until golden brown on both sides with fried rice. With cucumber, you wash, peel, cut into pieces.


With edible vegetables, you pick up the old leaves. Then soak in dilute salt water for about 30 minutes, take out the basket, shake off the water. Noodle leaves are cut into bite-sized pieces.

Mix shrimp paste


You mix one tablespoon of lemon juice, one tablespoon of sugar, one tablespoon of MSG, one teaspoon of minced chili into the shrimp paste and stir well. Then pour some hot cooking oil into the dipping sauce bowl.

Finally, you put the ingredients into a tray or rack. Decorate it beautifully and enjoy it together!

The right way to eat bun dau mam tom 


Bun dau mam tom is a specialty that any diners cannot ignore. However, to ensure food safety and hygiene, you should learn how to eat the most standard shrimp paste vermicelli below, whether at the store or homemade:

– Do not fry and re-fry fried beans many times, which can cause harmful substances. Shrimp paste is guaranteed to be freshly brewed and should be cooked with shrimp paste before eating.

– Check the ingredients before eating

– If you make your own at home, you need to pay attention to the labels of shrimp paste that need to know the origin and origin.

– In the following cases, you should not eat vermicelli with shrimp paste according to the recommendations of experts:

+ Women are pregnant because at this time, the pregnant woman's immune system is weak, so it is challenging to prevent harmful agents.

+ People with stomach and colon diseases

Children with vulnerable digestive systems

+ People who are sick have a fever

Coming to Ha Thanh, visitors from near and far cannot forget the taste of the famous shrimp paste noodle dish. It is not simply a traditional dish but imbued with the quintessential national cuisine that has helped them survive. Above is a guide on making the most delicious shrimp pasta noodles at home to show off your talents to invite friends and family to enjoy.

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