Island Broth: Bún Kèn

Last updated January 2016 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle


A Speciality of Phu Quoc, Bún Kèn is a Tropical Island in a Bowl:

Bún Kèn soup, Phu Quoc, VietnamBún kèn is a crunchy, fishy, fruity noodle soup that makes use of Phu Quoc’s abundant ingredients


What is Bún Kèn?

Part salad, part soup, bún kèn is a speciality of Phu Quoc Island, off Vietnam’s southwest coast. It’s a rich, fishy, crunchy, sweet and sour concoction, which makes use of the island’s abundant seafood and tropical fruit. The fish-based broth also has coconut juice and lemongrass, giving it a thicker consistency, amber colour, and distinctive tang. The broth is poured over bún (white rice noodles), on top of which go a variety of fresh herbs, pulverized fish, bean sprouts, and a crunchy mixture of shredded green papaya and cucumber. A little bit of fresh red chilli ties all these flavours together. The result is a tropical island in a bowl: vibrant colours, fruits from the jungle, fish from the ocean; at once hot and refreshing. Try bún kèn at Ms Ut Luon’s street stall: No.87 on 30/4 Street, Duong Dong town, Phu Quoc Island [MAP] for 20,000VNĐ ($1) a bowl, served from 6-9am daily.


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