Vietnamese Rice Vermicelli with Beef and Salad (Bun Bo Nuong)

Another gluten-free recipe made during our 1 week of babysitting 3 boys in addition to our 4 kids! Vermicelli rice noodles with beef and saiad and other healthy stuff. Yum! One of my favorites!

(Gosh, I wish all languages were like Vietnamese. Mono-syllabic languages are awesome [that’s, languages with only one-syllable words]! Look how short the title would be if it was just in Vietnamese!)

Anyway, I digress. Here’s the recipe:

Yummy red meat! Get your hands dirty and mix with your hands. That way, you guarantee a better mix than with a spoon.

When you’re not able to grill (we only have a balcony and you’re not allowed to grill on a balcony like ours), get a grill pan! It’s the next best thing.

Opaqueness is how you know your rice noodles are ready to be strained.

Chop, chop, and chop some more. There’s a lot of chopping. Then put it all together. Voila!

Bun Bo Nuong

Servings: 6 adults (or in my case, 7 kids and 2 adults)


  • 2 lbs of top sirloin beef, sliced thinly into bite sized pieces
  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 bag rice vermicelli noodles
  • 1/2 head of iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • 3 handfuls of beans sprouts
  • 6 sprigs of mint, leaves picked
  • 2 cucumbers, julienned and sliced small


  1. Put first 6 ingredients in a bowl and mix with your hand. Yes, your bare hand, until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Get greased grill or grill pan hot.
  3. Add meat and grill till cooked. (Do in batches if necessary. Don’t overload the grill pan.)
  4. In the meantime, boil hot water.
  5. Add rice vermicelli till opaque. Strain and rinse in cold water.
  6. Also in the meantime, chop and slice the vegetables if you haven’t done so.
  7. And also in the meantime, make your fish sauce dressing by mixing the following together.
    • 6 tbsp water
    • 2 tbsp sugar
    • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
    • 1 tbsp lemon or lime juice
    • 2 tbsp fish sauce
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
  8. Add rice noodles, lettuce, bean sprouts, mint leaves, and cucumbers into bowl. Add meat.
  9. Spoon a little of the fish sauce at a time, to your taste, over meat mixture and mix all together.
  10. Add sriracha or chili garlic sauce if you want it spicy. Enjoy!

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