What: Bun Cha Muc
Where: Linh Cafe – Vancouver, BC
When its almost noon on a Saturday and you haven’t had much to eat yet, stepping into Linh Cafe makes decision making pretty challenging. The cafe is located in Kitsilano and is known for French and Vietnamese cuisine. Originally when my friends suggested this place, I thought to myself, hmm this would be interesting, I’ve never had dishes that have both cultural influences before. After we received the menu, we quickly realized that its a cafe that serves both French style and Vietnamese style breakfast foods. So it was a toss up between a cheesy omelette with freshly baked baguette or a steaming hot bowl of pho? After flip flopping for fifteen minutes, I finally settled on a dish that I’ve never tried before: Bun Cha Muc – Calamari cake, vermicelli, toasted peanut, fresh herbs, fish sauce.
It wasn’t exactly what I expected to be honest. I thought it would be a bowl of cooked vermicelli with a side of fish sauce to pour over. However, the dish was served in a deep bowl, with the noodles swimming in soupy fish sauce, topped with lettuce and calarmari cakes (my favourite part of the dish, though they were kind of getting soggy being soaked in the soup). Tiny red chili bombs were scattered throughout the vermicelli, which gave a kick but also could be lip numbing, so be careful!
Overall, it wasn’t really my idea of a brunch dish, but perhaps I’ll go back to try the pho or French dishes.