Monday, April 2, 2012

Recipe: Bun Bo Hue By Leluu

By Leluu
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Oxtail and pig’s trotter noodle soup with fragrant lemongrass, beef, banana blossom and hot mint. 

Originates from Hue, The Central Highlands - where my grandmother comes from. Some would favourite this noodle soup over Pho.

This is what my grandmother used to make in Saigon, in the front entrance of our house. It was a time after the war in the late seventies. The communists took away everything anyone had. My uncle had been captured when he tried to escape by boat and was sent to a prison/ concentration camp. My grandparents had to earn enough money to make the visits to bring him food (they only served a spoonful of rice with salt in the camps). The journey was so far and difficult. 

My grandmother cooked and sold bowls of Bun Bo Hue for breakfast. My uncle promised himself that if he would ever leave the camp, he would re pay my grandparents for visiting him every month. After 2 years imprisonment in a tiny cell with 200 others, he was released. Arriving at the house,  no one recognised him. He says it was his gift to be able to perform as a musician and artist what kept him alive in the camp. He then let my grandmother sleep and prepared Bun Bo Hue every morning at 3am in time for breakfast for years to come and she would only serve it to the people who stopped by and ate their breakfast.

You can read more about my uncles' travels and escape here:

This is my mum's recipe, which is just as good, will post my grandmother's another time. (This is without blood-cakes and pigs trotter meat in bowls). READ MORE AT LELUU'S SITE


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