Banh Cuon Hong Hien has been Si’s favorite breakfast spot for the past four years. It was one of the first places he took me to during my first trip to Vietnam in 2008. It was also then when I tried banh cuon for the very first time.
Minced Pork, wood ear mushrooms, and onions are wrapped in a delicate steamed rice crepe. Slices of Vietnamese ham, fresh basil, blanched bean sprouts, and crispy shallots top the banh cuon. A drizzling of nuoc cham adds the perfect amount of sweet and salty seasoning to the dish.
Hong Hien also serves a fish cake soup called bun cha ca, which I usually order. The broth has a savory umami flavor from anchovies. An assortment of fish cakes adorns the bowl with green veggies and hints of red from tomatoes. A sprinkling of green onion and a dash of black pepper completes the noodle soup.
There are diners constantly stopping in to get a plate of banh cuon and individuals waiting outside on their motorbikes to take the breakfast fare to go. If you are looking for a no frills breakfast spot for banh cuon, Hong Hien is the place to try it in District 3!
Banh Cuon 20,000VND
Bun Cha Ca 22,000VND
Banh Cuon Hong Hien
153/6 Ky Dong
Ward 9, D3
0909 698 076