Bun Thit Nuong (Vietnamese Grilled Pork Rice Vermicelli Noodles)

Bun Thit Nuong (Vietnamese Grilled Pork Rice Vermicelli Noodles)

Course: Entree, Noodles
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinade pork: 1 hour
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Marvellina
Rice vermicelli noodles served with Vietnamese thit nuong (grilled pork), fresh herbs, veggies, do chua, and nuoc mam cham sauce to make  super delicious and refreshing bun thit nuong.
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb dry rice vermicelli noodle

Thit nuong:

  • 2 lbs pork shoulder/butt
  • 1/3 cup chopped lemongrass
  • 2 shallots finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp fish sauce
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

Fish Sauce Dipping sauce / Nuoc Mam Cham:

  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • ΒΌ cup hot water
  • 3 Tbp fish sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 red chili seeded if you like and finely chopped

Serve with:

  • 1 large cucumber peeled, seeded, and julienned
  • lettuce leaves shredded
  • Do Chua
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts chopped
  • Fresh Vietnamese perilla (tia to)
  • Mint leaves

Instructions

To make nuoc mam cham:

  • Place the hot water and sugar in a jar and stir until sugar dissolve. Add the rest of the ingredients. Let it cool and then store in a jar container in the refrigerator. It will keep for about a week

Preparing thit nuong:

  • Place the pork in the freezer for about 30 minutes. This will help you to slice the pork thinly. Slice the pork to about 1/4-inch thickness, about 3-4 inch in width
  • Place the sliced pork along with the rest of the ingredients in large mixing bowl and let them marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight up to 8 hours

Preparing the noodles:

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Turn the heat off after the water boils. Place the rice vermicelli noodles in and let it soak for 10 minutes. Check for doneness. It should be slightly al dente and no longer raw tasting. Soak a bit longer if it's still too hard to your liking
  • Rinse the noodles with cold water after you are happy with the texture. Set aside

Grilling thit nuong:

  • Preheat the outdoor grill or grill pan (if cooking inside) and then grill the pork, about 2-3 minute each side until the pork slices cooked through and has nice char to them. Set aside

Putting everything together:

  • Portion the noodles into an individual serving plate. Top with 3-4 slices of thit nuong. Dress with cucumber, lettuce, dau chua, fresh herbs, chopped peanuts, and nuoc mam cham on the side