Rice Vermicelli: Bun Thit

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 8 ounces dried rice vermicelli or 1 pound fresh bun
  • 8 romaine lettuce leaves, ribs removed, julienned
  • 2 carrots, peeled and julienned
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced into crescents
  • 12 large mint leaves, julienned
  • Nuoc Cham, as needed, recipe follows
  • Fish Dipping Sauce: Nuoc Cham
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/3 cup fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup lime or lemon juice
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 or more bird's eye or Thai chiles, seeded and minced
  • 1 shallot, peeled, thinly sliced, and rinsed (optional)
Directions

If using dried rice vermicelli, place it in a bowl and cover with lukewarm water. Let stand until pliable, about 20 minutes. Bring a pot of hot water to a boil. Drain and divide the rice vermicelli into 4 equal portions. Place 1 portion at a time in a sieve and lower it into the boiling water. Untangle the noodles with chopsticks and boil until tender but firm, about 3 seconds. Remove, drain, and place in a large bowl. Repeat this step until you have 4 individual servings. If using fresh bun, there is no need to boil them.

Divide the noodles among 4 bowls. Scatter some lettuce, carrot, cucumber, and mint over each bowl. Drizzle with nuoc cham and toss well.

Whisk together the sugar, water, fish sauce, and lime juice in a bowl until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the garlic, chile, and shallot, and let stand for 30 minutes before serving.

Yield: 2 cups Preparation Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 5 minutes Non-Active Cooking Time: 30 minutes


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