Hanoians go crazy for Swedish-style bun cha

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Hanoians queued up in front of the Swedish Embassy to be served Sweden-style bun cha on Thursday morning. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

Swedish-style bun cha al fresco. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

Swedish meatballs were substituted into the bun cha dish. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

Tareq Taylor, a chef and TV-personality from Sweden, prepared meatballs for the bun cha dish. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

Tareq Taylor tastes the meatballs before serving them. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

Tareq Taylor and a Hanoian family. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

Hundreds of Hanoians queued up in front of the Swedish Embassy, on Thursday morning, for a scandinavian adaptation of bun cha – a famous Hanoi dish.
The embassy staff sold the dish at a mere VND25,000 (US$1.2) per serving to celebrate 45th years of diplomatic relations, Tuoi Tre reported.
Bun cha – a Vietnamese dish of grilled pork and noodles – is believed to have originated in Hanoi. The dish essentially consists of grilled fatty pork (cha) served over white rice noodles (bun) with fresh herbs and a bowl of blended fish sauce.
Tareq Taylor, a chef and TV-personality from Sweden, said he tasted Vietnamese bun cha and found that it is somewhat similar to the Swedish meatball.
He came across the idea of making Sweden-style bun cha and selling it to Hanoian as a way to promote Sweden's image.
The embassy’s staff served as waiters and waitresses, bringing the food to tables set up under outdoor tents.

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