Japanese city puts Vietnam beef noodle soup on school menu

By Duc Trung April 29, 2022 | 00:12 PT

A bowl of beef noodle soup served at a stall in Hue, central Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Tran

The Japanese city of Saijo served school children Hue-style beef noodle soup this week as part of efforts to deepen their understanding of Vietnam.

Bun bo Hue appeared on the menu of 35 elementary and middle schools in the city of Ehime prefecture on April 26, according to a Japanese newspaper NHK reported.

The city’s mayor, Toshihisa Tamai, visited an elementary school on Tuesday and spoke to students in Hue, which established friendly relations with Saito in 2018.

About 500 school children chose the Vietnamese dish for lunch, Yahoo News reported.

“I find this dish very tasty although a bit spicy,” one girl told an interviewer after the meal.

Bun bo Hue is a specialty of Hue, an ancient citadel in central Vietnam, where it was invented. The broth calls for both pork and beef bones to be boiled with a generous dose of lemongrass, sugar, annatto, and shrimp paste. Vendors then add various ingredients like sliced ​​brisket, crab meatballs and pork pie. Adventurous eaters can also add cubed pork blood for even more flavor.

When served, the dish is garnished with a tangle of vegetables like lime, scallions, cilantro, banana flowers, mint, basil and Vietnamese cilantro.

Toshihisa said the idea of ​​serving the noodle soup was to pique students’ interest in Hue and deepen their understanding of Vietnamese culture and cuisine.

Saijo and Hue, an ancient citadel in central Vietnam, have had cultural and educational exchanges over the past four years.

In 2016, the late American chef, author, travel documentarian, and television personality Anthony Michael Bourdain called Hue Beef Noodle Soup “the best soup in the world.”

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