Pork Ramen – Vietnamese-style at MLPS

Taher Chef Chris Murray serves up a ‘buncha’ bún chả, egg rolls for MLPS students, staff

Asian cuisine – bún chả, a pork ramen noodle bowl that specifically hails from Hanoi, Vietnam, located in the northern part of the country – was the featured main dish at the Friday, April 15 noon lunch for Mountain Lake Public School (MLPS)

Taher Chef Chris Murray, a member of the Taher Chef Council, introduced local palates to the quintessential Vietnamese dish of grilled pork and noodle. Bún chả is served with grilled pork (chả) over a plate of white rice ramen noodles (bún). This was topped by spring greens, shredded carrots, fresh basil and fresh cilantro, and was served in a special sauce. Added taste treats included an egg roll and fortune cookie. It is simple make, quick to eat, mouth-wateringly tasty – and surprisingly healthy.

Even KEYC-TV was interested in the introduction of this Southeast Asia food favorite, on hand to film the preparation and presentation of the bún chả. (Check out their news reports at 6 p.m and 10 p.m. to catch the story.)

Taher is the food service provider at the school. Members of the Taher Chef Council travel around the world as a team in order to stay on the cutting edge of the culinary field.

Before Chef Chris Murray joined Taher, Inc. in 2003 as Corporate Catering Manager, his culinary experiences included – Director of Catering for the Minnesota Vikings Food Service preparing food for the executive suites and VIP parties at the Hubert H. Humphrey dome; Chef at the Eden Prairie City Center, catering weddings, corporate functions and private parties; Executive Chef to the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) and Board of Directors for the IDS/American Express Corporation and owner of a successful “Personal Chef Service,” catering dinners, proms and private parties. In 1998, Chris had the privilege of catering the 1998 United States Presidential visit of Bill Clinton.

As Regional Chef for Taher, Chef Chris assists with new account openings and large catered events, and awes customers with his On Display cooking of international cuisine at Taher-managed accounts. He is an active member of the Minneapolis Chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) where he enthusiastically donates his time to help others less fortunate. In 2001, he was awarded the “Presidential Hero of Everyday Life” award for his work feeding homeless, and in 2007, as Taher’s Executive Chef at Hennepin Technical College (HTC), Chris received the “Spirit of the Heart” award given by Dr. Kathryn Jeffery, President of HTC-BP, for his commitment to students. He has organized many fundraising golf tournaments to assist charitable organizations, and participated in “We Can Ride” fundraising dinners for handicapped children in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

Following is a photo gallery of the visit of Chef Chris to the kitchen and cafeteria of MLPS:

Chef Chris Murray 01

Taher Chef Chris, and Heidi Bergling, back, of the Taher Food Service staff at Mountain Lake Public School – combine noodles, pork, sauce, greens, carrots, basil and cilantro – into the creation of the Vietnamese pork ramen noodle dish called Bün Chå, with egg roll and fortune cookie on the side. Taher Food Service Director at the school is Tammy Wolle.


Chef Chris Murray 02

Chef Chris and Heidi Burgling were kept busy making up the bün chå bowls.


Eating Spring Greens 03

Isabelle Penner grabs a forkful of the spring greens as she works her way down to the ramen noodles and pork in her bowl.


Liking the Noodles 04

Jordan Khamkhaykeo is really liking the noodles in his bowl.


Finding Fortune

Kody Wassman, left looks over the shoulder of his classmate, Devin Khamkhaykeo, right, as Devin checks out the fortune found inside his fortune cookie.


Pork Ramen–Vietnamese-Style – Cross-Counties Connect