Thursday, October 29, 2009

Bun Noodles With Grilled Chicken And Lots Of Herbs

This has been our favourite dish in the hotter months for quite a few years now. We used to call up our local Vietnamese restaurant, place the order and pick them up afterwards whenever cooking was too much of a chaos in out heated up kitchen. As convenient as it might be, the result was always less than satisfactory (really how hard is it to get this right???). The grilled chicken was forever deep fried, the noodle was always too wet and you'll be lucky if you get more than one type of herb in it. Yet another fairly warm day in Melbourne and since I still have some herbs left over from out Vietnamese bbq, I thought this might be the perfect dish for dinner tonight. This is a no brainer, once you have got your dipping sauce right it's all about getting the freshest herbs you can lay your hands on. You may also change the toppings to bbq pork, stir fried beef, beef wrapped in wild betel leaves or sugarcane prawns.
P.S make sure you cook the noodle at least 30 minutes before dinner time as it needs to be completely dry before plated, otherwise the sauce won't stick to it.

serves 4
you'll need;
1/2 cup of Vietnamese mint, roughly chopped
1/2 cup of mint, roughly chopped
1/2 of purple perilla, roughly chopped
1/2 cup of coriander, roughly chopped
1 cup of shredded lettuce
1 cup of bean sprouts
1/4 of a cup of toasted peanut, roughly chopped
5 pieces of rice vermicelli, cooked, rinsed with cold water and drained
sliced chilies
3 chicken maryland, boned, skin on (marinated with dash of soy, dash of fish sauce, 1/2 tbs of 5spice powder, grated ginger, grated garlic and dash of cooking oil)

Mix herbs, shredded lettuce, cucumber slices and bean sprouts in a bowl and set aside.

Cook marinated chicken on the bbq for 10 minutes each side, skin side up first. (I used medium flame and closed the hood) Once cooked set aside and rest for at least 5 minutes before cutting.

Place some noodle in a bowl follow by the herbs and vegetable mixed....

Add sliced chicken(pork chop or beef wrapped in wild betel leaves) and top with some roasted peanuts and sliced chilies, pour the Vietnamese dipping sauce over...

Mix well and enjoy!! :)


  1. I love bun yet never make it at home. Thanks for pointng out how simple it is. As you said, it's a no-brainer and I should definitely use it for those lazy days...

  2. I never had such noodles before. Maybe I prefer soup version? ;p

  3. Hey Jessica yeah you should, just make sure your brother is not making it ;)

    Hey tigerfish, you should give it a try its really refreshing with all the different herbs !

  4. I adore the outstanding flavors of fresh herbs, chile and peanut together, and the variety of textures represented in this dish. It looks yummy!

    Thanks for visiting FLB.

  5. Hey was just about to ask you for recipes of cold noodle dishes and there you are !!! Thanks! We are having a vietnamese bbq this Saturday with friends, will tell them all about your blog! have a nice weekend.

  6. Thanks FLB!

    Hey love to eat, you lucky day huh!!? Do let me know about your bbq on sat :)

  7. This looks wonderful. I came by just to say hello but was snared by your lovely blog. I'll be back often. Have a great day...Mary

  8. This looks incredibly delicious! I love Vietnamese noodles, and those grilled chicken slices....hmmm!

  9. Thanks Mary please do so :)

    Thanks Cooking Gallery! almost guilt free pleasures!

  10. Wow! I have never seen a chicken noodle and herb bun dish before. This looks absolutely delicious! Fresh, flavorful and healthy too. A perfect dish for Florida all year!

  11. hi there! you have a cool blog here. hey,
    did we meet yesterday?

    Anyway, glad u like the kerabu post ! good luck making yours.. pls make some for me too. LOL
    btw, i've linkd ya.. if u like my blog, kindly link me back too, cheers!

  12. I'm a big fan of noodle :)

    This Vietnamese noodle looks so yummy, great stuff in it!

  13. darling i made this tonight! veg version w marinated tofu. so delicious. thanks for the recipe! xx
    (grr it won't let me add the picture i took. i'll show you next time i see you. i bet you can't wait!!!!) xx


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