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Vietnamese lemongrass pork noodle bowls (bun thit nuong)

As promised on Wednesday – Vietnamese pork noodle bowls! This in style salad-type dish is named bun thit nuong – vermicelli noodles topped with recent and pickled greens, herbs and Vietnamese lemongrass pork, doused generously with nuoc cham sauce. Recent but filled with flavour.

Vietnamese noodles with lemongrass pork (Bún thịt nướng) ready to be eaten

Vietnamese pork noodle bowls

I discover it humorous that pho is the dish that’s develop into the famous person of Vietnamese meals when bun thit nuong is tastier to me! I like the distinction of recent greens and herbs with scrumptious grilled meats, that it’s mild and wholesome but something however uninteresting.

It’s a giant bowl of scrumptious, and I shared the hen model a few years in the past (bun ga nuong). And as quickly as I cracked the pork model, I shared in instantly (simply final Wednesday!). And I’m again right now with the noodle bowls recipe that’s made utilizing the lemongrass pork – identical to you get on the streets of Vietnam!

Best place to have Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork Noodle Bowls in Saigon (Bun Thit Nuong) - Bun Thit Nuong Chi Tuyen
Images from a visit to Vietnam in 2020 – a well-known restaurant in Saigon specialising in bun thit nuong.

PS The photograph beneath is in my own residence. Not the streets of Vietnam!

Chopsticks picking up noodles from Vietnamese noodles with lemongrass pork (Bún thịt nướng) noodle bowl

What you want for Vietnamese pork noodle bowls

There’s variations of bun thit nuong all throughout Vietnam. However all of them have noodles, marinated pork, uncooked greens and sauce.

Lemongrass marinated pork

Cooked Vietnamese noodles with lemongrass pork (Bún thịt nướng)

See separate recipe posted earlier this week. Skinny slices of pork shoulder are marinated with lemongrass, garlic, lime, fish sauce, soy sauce and sugar which infuses the flesh with a stack of flavour. In the meantime, a smidge of baking soda is the key that tenderises economical pork shoulder, which is normally sluggish cooked, and retains the skinny pork steaks extremely tender even when cooked over excessive warmth for a stunning char!

The noodles, greens & topping

So right here’s what I take advantage of – typical of Vietnamese eating places and takeaway locations right here in Sydney:

Vegetables and herb toppings for Vietnamese pork bowls
  • Vermicelli rice noodles – the skinny rice noodles ready by soaking in boiling water. Substitute with different white noodles or bean thread noodles / glass noodles (

  • Pickled carrot and daikon – fast and simple! See beneath for extra.

  • Nuoc cham sauce – the chilli-garlic-savoury-limey-sauce served with “every little thing” in Vietnam (and that’s no exaggeration!). See beneath.

  • Lettuce – Both smooth butter lettuce torn into chew measurement items or crisp lettuce, like iceberg or cos/romaine, shredded

  • Cucumber and bean sprouts

  • Herbs – mint and coriander/cilantro. Thai Basil can be beautiful!

  • Peanuts – finely chopped, for sprinkling

  • Recent chilli slices – non-obligatory

  • Lime wedges – for non-obligatory further freshness

Vietnamese pickled greens

The pickled greens (pictured above) are the identical because the recipe within the Banh Mi recipe. It’s easy to make – combine then soak for two hours. It’s the proper texture-flavour addition to those bowls – the greens nonetheless have an ideal crunch to them however are floppy (no person desires pokey uncooked carrot batons protruding of their noodle bowls!) with a candy, tangy flavour.

A lot extra fascinating than uncooked carrots!

Right here’s what you want. Simply combine, then pickled the greens for two hours and even in a single day.

Chicken Banh Mi ingredients

Nuoc cham sauce for Vietnamese pork noodle bowls

The sauce used for Vietnamese pork noodle bowls is Nuoc Cham. As talked about above, that is the sauce that’s served with “every little thing” in Vietnam although there’s variations relying on what it’s used for. Generally it’s sweeter, some fishier (when used sparingly for dipping), some milder (when utilized in an nearly soup-like type – like with Vietnamese Meatballs bun cha).

Close up of Nuoc Cham - Vietnamese Chilli Garlic Sauce

At this time’s model is pretty gentle, not too fishy, as a result of it’s supposed for use to douse every little thing generously. No person desires to get to the rice noodles on the backside of the bowl solely to seek out it’s tasteless!

Right here’s what it is advisable make nuoc cham sauce. Simply combine collectively!

Assembling the pork noodle bowls

Noodles first. Then simply pile every little thing on high! There aren’t any guidelines, simply jam all of it in. Abundance is the phrase that involves thoughts with these bowls!

End with a very good sprinkle of peanuts and recent chilli if you happen to dare (stay life on the sting, I say!). And serve with jugs or bowls of the nuoc cham sauce on the aspect and douse generously. Keep in mind, it is a gentle flavoured nuoc cham, not a fishy one. So that you want heaps. You’re supposed to make use of heaps!

Nuoc cham sauce being spooned over Vietnamese noodles with lemongrass pork (Bún thịt nướng)
Vietnamese noodles with lemongrass pork (Bún thịt nướng) ready to be eaten

Getting caught in

As for the consuming half, there actually aren’t any guidelines. Some folks (like me) will pick among the pork bits first as a result of it’s their favorite a part of the bowl. Then combine it up and get caught in. It’ll find yourself wanting like a jumbled up mess. A scrumptious one, at that! And don’t be afraid to maintain including extra sauce on an as-need foundation, as you proceed by way of your bowls.

DIY unfold – nice for gatherings!

One final tip! This dish is a good one for gatherings. Actually, the hen model was for a few years my signature for summer season BBQ’s. Lay out all of the toppings and noodles on a desk. Prepare dinner the hen on the BBQ then let all people put their very own bowls collectively.

One among my favorite codecs for entertaining – DIY.

Hope you take pleasure in! – Nagi x

Watch how one can make it

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Vietnamese pork noodle bowls (bun thit nuong)


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Recipe video above. In style Vietnamese avenue meals! Fabulous mixture of contrasting flavours and textures, recent greens with flavourful lemongrass marinated pork, noodles and herbs, all doused in a light nuoc cham sauce (so you should utilize heaps).Mild and recent but something however uninteresting. Wonderful DIY unfold for gatherings – lay all of it out on tables and let everybody put their very own bowls collectively. Rooster model right here. Barely completely different toppings as a result of hen is a chicken, pork is richer. 🙂


Vietnamese pickled greens (Be aware 2)

Nuoc cham Vietnamese sauce (Be aware 3):


Make pickled greens:

  • Pickle – In a big bowl, dissolve the salt and sugar within the scorching water. Stir in vinegar. Add carrots and daikon – they need to nearly be lined.

  • 2 hours – Go away for two hours till barely floppy. Drain effectively then use per recipe.

Pork bowls:

  • Nuoc cham sauce – Combine components collectively. Till sugar is dissolved.

  • Vermicelli noodles – Soak in boiling water for five minutes (or per packet instructions). Drain, rinse below faucet water, then cool and drain totally (no person likes watery noodles!).

  • Toppings – Put together all the opposite toppings, prepared to make use of.

  • Prepare dinner pork per the recipe.
  • Assemble bowls – Place noodles in a bowl. Prime with lettuce, pickled greens, cucumber and bean sprouts. Slice pork, place 2 steaks on every bowl. Prime with herbs, sprinkle with peanuts and sliced chilli. Add a lime wedge.

  • Serve with nuoc cham on the aspect so all people may help themselves. Douse generously! Dive in and eat!

Recipe Notes:

1. Noodles – or glass noodles/bean thread, or different dried rice noodles, ideally skinny.
2. Pickled veg – actually suggest utilizing this, it’s a fast to organize 2 hour pickle and also you’re rewarded with crunchy-but-floppy tangy veg that’s a lot extra fascinating than plain uncooked greens! Identical because the pickled veg utilized in Banh Mi (hen and basic pork). Having stated that, if you happen to’re in a rush, simply use uncooked however actually finely julienne them.
3. Nuoc Cham – This sauce just isn’t as sturdy / fishy as others you might have tried. It’s meant for use nearly like a soup broth. Adapt this to your style by adjusting the portions. You could not use all this sauce – however I don’t need you to expire!
4. Chilli – Birds eye chillies are small pink chillies which might be fairly spicy. To make it much less spicy, use massive pink chillies as an alternative (which aren’t as scorching) or skip it.
5. Vitamin per bowl assuming all of the sauce is consumed which it in all probability received’t be. I’ve additionally needed to make smart assumptions concerning the pickles and the way a lot of the sugar, salt and many others finally ends up absorbed within the greens.

Vitamin Data:

Energy: 622cal (31%)Carbohydrates: 94g (31%)Protein: 23g (46%)Fats: 18g (28%)Saturated Fats: 3g (19%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 4gMonounsaturated Fats: 9gTrans Fats: 0.03gLdl cholesterol: 51mg (17%)Sodium: 2362mg (103%)Potassium: 809mg (23%)Fiber: 5g (21%)Sugar: 45g (50%)Vitamin A: 5535IU (111%)Vitamin C: 18mg (22%)Calcium: 92mg (9%)Iron: 3mg (17%)

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