Background and History:
Vermicelli noodle bowls, also known as bun or bun vermicelli, originate from Vietnam and are a vibrant, flavorful delight. These refreshing and light dishes are popular throughout Southeast Asia, particularly during hot weather. Vermicelli, a type of thin rice noodle, forms the base of these bowls and is typically paired with an assortment of fresh vegetables, grilled meats, and an aromatic dressing. In our user-friendly guide, we’ll show you how to create your own Vermicelli Noodle Bowl at home.
- 8 ounces vermicelli noodles
- 1 cup sliced lettuce
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- 1/2 cucumber, julienned
- 1/4 cup fresh herbs (such as mint, cilantro, and Thai basil)
- 1/4 cup crushed peanuts
- 1/4 cup protein of your choice (grilled shrimp, chicken, or tofu)
- Dressing: 2 tablespoons fish sauce, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1 minced garlic clove, and 1 chopped Thai chili (optional)
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
- Cook the vermicelli noodles according to the package instructions. Rinse them with cold water and drain.
- Divide the cooked noodles into two bowls.
- Arrange the lettuce, bean sprouts, cucumber, fresh herbs, and protein (shrimp, chicken, or tofu) on top of the noodles.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, minced garlic, and chopped Thai chili (if you like it spicy).
- Drizzle the dressing over the noodle bowls.
- Sprinkle crushed peanuts over the top.
Nutrition Facts: (Per serving, with shrimp)
- Calories: 400
- Total Fat: 6g
- Saturated Fat: 1g
- Cholesterol: 80mg
- Sodium: 800mg
- Total Carbohydrates: 60g
- Dietary Fiber: 4g
- Sugars: 10g
- Protein: 30g
- Customize your Vermicelli Noodle Bowl with your choice of protein and additional toppings like fried shallots, pickled carrots, or shredded lettuce.
- Be mindful of any seafood or nut allergies among your diners. Adapt the recipe as needed to accommodate any dietary restrictions or allergies.