Vermicelli Noodle Bowl

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Serves: 2

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Instructions:

  • 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

Notes:

  • Customize your Vermicelli Noodle Bowl with your choice of protein and additional toppings like fried shallots, pickled carrots, or shredded lettuce.

Allergy Warning:

  • Be mindful of any seafood or nut allergies among your diners. Adapt the recipe as needed to accommodate any dietary restrictions or allergies.
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