Vietnamese Beef & Rice Noodle Salad

One of our favourite cuisines is Vietnamese.  We often eat at the Oxhead in Kanata - small, no liquor license, but delicious food and fast friendly service.

I did some research and wanted to find the recipe that would yield me the best combination of savoury, garlicky and sweet that for us symbolizes good Vietnamese.  The sugar that is often present in these meat marinades gives a wonderful charred and slightly smoky flavour to the meat.

The dish shown here in our kitchen that we enjoyed was one such combination.  The beef was mariniated in garlic, fish sauce, and raw sugar.  That's was the hardest part, really.  The next part was whatever was in the fridge that I could use to make the salad portion.  Rice noodles, carrots, cucumber and red onion.  It would have been nice to have some bean sprouts, but I didn't feel like going to the store.  Sometimes you just gotta make do!  Topped it with some ground peanuts and some Nuoc Cham (dipping sauce - essentially water, sugar, fish sauce, garlic, peppers, lime juice and shredded carrots).

A nice Sunday lunch.



  1. thit nuong is fantastic with vermicelli...try marinating it with minced lemongrass as well...yum!

  2. Thanks - I'll have to give that a try next!

  3. Looks delicious! Do you grill the beef?

  4. Yes - I grill the small strips in a grill pan (with ridges) - the sugar caramlizes and adds such a delicious flavour! It ends up crispy, sweet, tart and wonderful.