Upend your dinner routine with this easy-to-assemble dish of supple rice noodles, and raw herbs and vegetables.

Martha Stewart Living, February 2008


Recipe Summary

15 mins
50 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Cook vermicelli, stirring occasionally, until tender but not mushy, about 4 minutes. Drain, then rinse with cold water. Let vermicelli drain in colander for 30 minutes, tossing occasionally.

  • Combine water, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, and chile.

  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and scallions, and cook for 10 seconds. Remove from heat.

  • Toss scallion mixture with noodles in a serving bowl. Add lettuce, carrot, and herbs, and toss. Serve sauce on the side.


Reviews (6)

11 Ratings
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  • 3 star values: 6
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Rating: Unrated
I'm a vegetarian bordering on vegan, so whenever I make bun dau (similar to this recipe) I add tofu, use peanut and/or sesame oil, and for the sauce use soy sauce + mirin (and with mirin you don't need to add the sugar).
Rating: Unrated
Great dish! It has a very delicate and rich flavor and goes great with the Lemongrass beef wkewers!
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My family loved the salad without the sauce, just tossed with the oil, scallions, and garlic. They might have had a more open mind if I hadn't mentioned the "fish sauce"! I used a type of rice noodle that didn't need to be boiled, just soaked in hot water, so it was a great no-oven meal on a hot night. Delicious with the fresh basil and mint!
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it was very simple to make. I loved the mixture of flavors from the herbs and fish sauce. I substituted sesame oil instead of regular veggie oil. The sesame oil smelled divine with all the flavors. I didn't serve the sauce on the side, instead I mixed it into the dish and let it sit for a few mins to soak up the goodness.
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I liked it. I thought it was great. Fish is supposed to taste like fish.
Rating: Unrated
Very fishy- almost too fishy. Would be better if a substitute was found for the fish sauce.