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Vietnamese Steak Noodle Salad

This dish requires some multitasking, but the benefits of creating something this delicious in only 30 minutes are well worth the hustle. If you're entertaining friends, take a more leisurely approach and make the dressing, cook the noodles, and clean the herbs ahead; then at serving time, just cook the steak and combine the ingredients.

Sunset APRIL 2010

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes


  • 1 rib-eye steak (about 1 lb.)
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup Thai or Vietnamese fish sauce (nuoc mam or nam pla)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 red jalapeño or fresno chile, halved lengthwise and sliced thin
  • 4 ounces thin rice noodles
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 shallots, sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/3 cup fresh Thai basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves


1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Preheat broiler with rack 4 in. from heating element.

2. Meanwhile, put steak in a medium bowl and pour in 2 tbsp. soy sauce, turning steak to coat. Let sit for a few minutes. Make dressing: In a small bowl, combine lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, chile, and remaining 1 tbsp. soy sauce; set aside.

3. Cook noodles in boiling water until tender, about 2 minutes, then drain.

4. Broil steak on a broiler pan, turning once, until done the way you like, about 12 minutes for medium-rare. Let rest 10 minutes, then slice thinly.

5. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat oil until it registers 350° on a candy thermometer. Dust shallots evenly in flour to coat and cook in oil, carefully stirring, until browned, about 4 minutes. Transfer to paper towel to drain.

6. In a large bowl, combine noodles, sliced steak, herbs, and half the reserved dressing. Divide mixture among 4 plates, sprinkle evenly with shallots, and serve remaining dressing on the side.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 380
  • Calories from fat: 38%
  • Protein: 26g
  • Fat: 16g
  • Saturated fat: 5.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 33g
  • Fiber: 0.6g
  • Sodium: 1865mg
  • Cholesterol: 94mg

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Vietnamese Steak Noodle Salad Recipe