Made to recipe, except seasoned pork 6hrs prior to grilling and prepped the herbs chiffonade rather than chopped. Divided noodles, salad, meat & served in bowls with individual side of dressing, as in a VN restaurant. Fresh, flavorful, perfect on a hot summer evening. If we make again, would use half the mint, but that's just to our taste.
Vietnamese Caramelized Pork and Rice Noodle Salad
carolfitz Posted: 07/05/10
PenelopeRB Posted: 03/17/09
Very very good. I didn't reduce the water and I found it just fine - similar to the sauce typically accompanying Bun in Vietnamese restaurants. I have made this with chicken (cut into chicken tender sized pieces prior to saucing and cooking) as well as pork.
Tumbles Posted: 08/10/10
Excellent! I added a little Five Spice powder to the meat -- it taste more authentic, like something I order at my favorite Vietnamese restaurant. I used my food processor's small shredding disk on the carrots. Easier for prep plus much prettier and pleasant to eat. Used romaine for the lettuce and only cilantro instead of mint and basil too. Made the sauce as directed but added a pinch of salt. Great recipe -- will make again and again
saracat Posted: 07/02/10
This was incredibly good; as good or better than a restaurant. It had a nice heat to it, and the pork was very good. I will definitely make this one again, though I didn't think there were enough veggies for six servings; my family of three ate all of salad. I did not mix the veggies with the noodles and sauce because I didn't want it to get soggy.
abachhuber Posted: 07/15/10
I loved this recipe. And I am a bun fanatatic. My only suggestion would be to double it, as the portions are a bit small. Especially double the meat if you're a big meat-eater. One tip: don't let the pork sit too long before grilling after adding the brown sugar. I made that mistake, and all the juices leaked out & it was a bit of a soggy mess, rather than getting properly caramelized. I served this with a simple asian coleslaw and melon.
Little Debbie Posted: 06/11/09
The salad components outstanding, but I have modified the marinade to include fresh garlic, a tiny bit of soy and ginger.
TheAspiringChef Posted: 06/12/12
Made this last night and it was good, not phenomenal. That said, Vietnamese bun is one of my favorite dishes so my standards are high :) My guest, on the other hand, had never had bun and thought it was great - go figure! A fairly simple dish to prepare so I may try this again with a few tweaks and see how it goes.
KathyinManvel Posted: 06/09/13
Excellent. Wonderful, fresh flavors. The caramelized pork is a fabulous complement to the acidic salad. I agree with another reviewer, don't wait long to grill after the sugar has been added. This can lead to the meat being a bit dry. I used a bit less hot chili sauce because I planned to include my kids. Next time I will break the noodles in half since they were VERY long and might keep them in the hot water for just a bit longer, they were a bit too al dente. This is a bit labor intensive but worth the effort. I will definitely plan to make this again. Highly recommended.