How to Bun Bo Hue: Hidden Vietnamese Gem - Kopi Thyme

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Hidden Vietnamese Gem

Bún Bò Huế (Vietnamese Spicy Beef Noodle Soup) originated from Van Cu village, a small town close to the beautiful ancient Hue city. Hue was the centre of Vietnam during the time of the Nguyen dynasty – the last royal family of Vietnam. The city is famous for producing vermicelli (rice noodles). Legend has it that this mouth-watering noodle soup has been around since the first Nguyen lords ruled Vietnam during the 16th century. 

Since the creation of this dish, many improvements have been made over time.  Hue’s cooking style was perfected to suit the palate of the royal family and the high-ranking officials. In general, Hue's cuisine tasted a lot better than the other parts of Vietnam.

The hot and spicy notes of this unique and undiscovered bowl of soup make it the heart and soul of central Vietnam, like many other dishes from the region.  The chilli paste gives it a hot kick that is absent in Pho.

We guarantee you'll fall in love with this soup as soon you try it. Here’s to a bowl that is heartwarming, satisfactory and keeps you warm on a cold winter's day.

This soup base was made as an ode to the very first kitchen Sara worked in during her university days. It was her favourite to make when she worked full-time, running a hectic kitchen, as it made such a fast and tasty meal.

A pot of pho was always simmering where she worked. All she needed to do was blanch the ingredients and noodles and add the paste and hot soup. Voila, you had lunch ready in minutes. Her favourite way to have it is with beef balls and sliced meats.


Level up your noodle soup with some heat and great flavours! 

Now, with Kopi Thyme this is made simple!



A. Make a bowl by adding Kopi Thyme's Bun Bo Hue to a bowl of noodle soup.

Add the desired amount of Bun Bo Hue to your bowl of noodle soup or even instant noodles to level it up.




B. Making a pot of Bun Bo Hue broth

Step 1. Make your soup:

All you need is Kopi Thyme's Bun Bo Hue and broth of choice (beef, chicken, pork or vegetable). Add salt, dark soya sauce, and fish sauce to adjust to liking.

Step 2. Assemble your bowl:


  • Rice noodles
  • Toppings
  • Garnishing

To make an authentic bowl of Bun Bo Hue, use thick vermicelli noodles topped with thin slices of marinated and boiled beef shank, chunks of oxtail, and pig's knuckles. It can also include cubes of congealed pig blood and sausage (chả Huế). Garnish with herbs, bean sprouts, banana flour, and squeezed lime.

Step 3. Pour soup

Ladle hot Bun Bo Hue soup over an assembled bowl.

Enjoy! Ăn thôi!




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