Every time I go to Houston, my mom makes a huge pot of bÃºn riÃªu for me and I eat it for every single meal I have at home. My schedule is usually as follows:
Stay up late either at home or out with friends.
Saturday, wake up with help of alarm at around 11am. Eat a bowl of bÃºn riÃªu .
Go out and play with friends, eat lunch (yes I eat this often and it usually hurts when I’m in Houston) with friends.
Go home somewhere between 5pm to 7pm. Eat a bowl of bÃºn riÃªu.
Between 6pm to 8pm, eat dinner with friends.
Play all night with friends.
Sunday morning at around 10 am, eat a bowl of bÃºn riÃªu.
At around 12pm eat lunch or brunch with friends.
Here’s the photo of the bowl I had at Lillyâ€™s Sandwiches in 2008:
BÃºn riÃªu is a Vietnamese meat rice vermicelli soup. There are several varieties of bÃºn riÃªu, including bÃºn riÃªu cua, bÃºn riÃªu cÃ¡, and bÃºn riÃªu á»‘c.
BÃºn riÃªu cua is served with tomato broth and topped with crab or shrimp paste. In this dish, various freshwater paddy crabs are used, including the brown paddy crab found in rice paddies in Vietnam. The crabs are cleaned by being placed in clean water to remove dirt and sand. The crabs are pounded with the shell on to a fine paste. This paste is strained and the crab liquid is a base for the soup along with tomato. The crab residue is used as the basis for crab cakes. Other ingredients for this dish are: fried tofu, máº» or giáº¥m bá»•ng (kinds of rice vinegar), Garcinia multiflora Champ., annatto seeds (háº¡t Ä‘iá»u mÃ u) to redden the broth, huyáº¿t (congealed pig’s blood), split water spinach stems, shredded banana flower, rau kinh giá»›i (Elsholtzia ciliata), spearmint, perilla, bean sprouts and cháº£ chay (vegetarian sausage). This dish is rich in nutrition: calcium from the ground crab shells, iron from the congealed pig’s blood, and vitamins and fiber from the vegetables.
A lot of people put the congealed pig’s blood in it and though I do not have a thing against congealed pig’s blood (funny fact, growing up my parents lied to me and told me congealed pig’s blood was chocolate), I just don’t eat it with my bÃºn riÃªu. Also, a lot of people tear in fresh herbs but not me (which kills my momma). I eat it with my mom’s fantastic broth, noodles, fried tofu, tomatoes, and that awesome crab meat. Here’s a photo of my momma’s bÃºn riÃªu.
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