A light, sweet broth with vermicelli noodles and a nice mixture of proteins. Bún thang, is a traditional soup that's served during Tet, Vietnam's most important holiday. The holiday coincides with the arrival of spring, so the tradition is to do a sort of spring cleaning around the house. This dish is the culinary version of a spring clean. The leftovers one has around the house make up the soup's ingredients. Chicken, pork, egg, sometimes shrimp, some vegetables. It's a long process to make the soup, so doing it with friends and family over the holiday is the perfect way to clean out your fridge and enjoys some time with your loved ones.
Bun means noodles, and thang literally translates to ladder, but it's actually a reference to thang thuoc bac, the name for a pack of medicinal herbs. Like a pack of herbs, bun thang is good for you and has a variety of ingredients.