How to Pronounce Bun Bo Hue and Hu Tieu Nam Vang

Bun bo HueUpdated 04-03-14. I received a number of requests for pronunciation of "Bún Bò Huế" and "Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang." Bún Bò Huế or Bun Bo Hue is the spicy beef noodle dish with larger round noodle, pork hocks and coagulated pork blood. It's originated in Central Vietnam and named after the old capital Huế. Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang or Hu Tieu Nam Vang, on the other hand, is the Vietnamese hu tieu Phnom Penh-style noodle, originated in the south but (obviously) with Phnom Penh influence.

Here are audio files on how to say Bún Bò Huế and Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang in Vietnamese. As always I included both southern and northern accents.

  • Pronounce: Bún Bò Huế (Hue-style spicy beef noodle)
    Bún Bò Huế.     
  • Pronounce: Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang (hu tieu Phnom Penh-style noodle)
    Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang.     

I'm ready to order one of these today.


  1. J. Chan 16 August, 2011 at 22:14 Reply

    Hu Tieu Nam Vang is a Cambodian/Chinese dish that originated in South Vietnam or Khmer Krom. If you didn’t know, Southern Vietnam use to belong to Cambodia until the French gave it to Vietnam…

  2. Polly 5 February, 2012 at 10:36 Reply

    Elizabeth Street Cafe just opened in Austin, and I was delighted to visit at lunch last week. I forget what I ordered, but it was soooo good, an elongated bun filled with strips of beef and crunchy veggies. All the dishes looked wonderful, so, because I’ll go back, I hope to pronounce the names better. Your website is just the ticket, and thanks so very much.

  3. Cuong Huynh 5 February, 2012 at 22:34 Reply

    Hi Polly: You are very welcome and I hope you can put to use some of the pronunciation. But it’s still a mystery what you had ordered, “an elongated bun filled with strips of beef and crunchy veggies.” 😉

  4. Cuong Huynh 2 May, 2015 at 10:13 Reply

    Hey JonathanRR, I’m glad you like bun mam. I didn’t grow up with it, being a city guy (Saigon) back then, so I’m not a fan of it. I tried it once or twice, not by choice lol, and I just can’t get myself to like it. Mắm means fermented and spoilt fish, and I can’t say much more about it 😉

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