Vietnamese Rice Noodle Bowls with Broiled Marinated Pork (Bún Thịt Nướng)

4 Servings

50 minutes

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The southern Vietnamese dish called bún thịt nướng is a fantastic marriage of flavors and textures. Bouncy, flavor-absorbing rice noodles are layered with fresh vegetables, grilled marinated pork, herbs, peanuts and other garnishes. Individual bowls are served with a savory-sweet sauce called nước chấm on the side. Made the classic way, there are many components to the dish; ours is a simplified version, and one that broils the pork in lieu of grilling it. To create thin, even slices of the meat, freeze the pork, uncovered, until firm to the touch but not frozen solid, about 20 minutes, then slice with a sharp knife. If the pieces end up a bit uneven, not to worry—they’ll still be delicious. When shopping, keep in mind that noodles of very different shapes might all be called “rice vermicelli.” The correct type to use here are round, not flat, and slender like thin spaghetti but not filament-thin. If you cannot find them in the international aisle of the grocery store, gluten-free rice-based capellini is a decent substitute.




Don’t let the noodles sit for too long after rinsing and draining them. If they begin to dry on the exterior, the strands will stick together, so it’s best to portion them into bowls while still damp. If they end up having to wait, simply give them a quick rinse under cool water, toss to loosen and drain again.

50 minutes

For the sauce (nước chấm):


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Adam A.
May 31, 2023
Super delicious, loved it
Really great recipe, easy to make and very tasty. My only note: the recipe says 14-16 oz of rice noodles. The package I bought was an 8oz package and listed itself as 4 servings, and we still had ton of leftover noodles and can only imagine how much extra we would have had if we doubled that!
Jennifer A.
May 24, 2023
So good, I hate myself!
I substituted venison for the pork…… amazing!!! I also reduced the amount of fish sauce in the dressing by 2/3's. Perfect balance for us.
Tamara P.
May 21, 2023
Great fresh vietnamese bowl
One of my favourite asian recipes. Easy to succeed. I used a little more of the five spices powder. And marinated one hour in the freezer and then cook it in a wok as a Stir-Fry.
Silas H.
May 1, 2023
Easy and impressive
Tasted just like a Vietnamese restaurant, fantastic! I added thinly sliced lemongrass to the pork marinade which I would encourage trying. I also more than doubled the amount of pork called for in the recipe, but did not adjust the noodle amount. Still ended up using less than half the noodles while all the pork was gone after portioning out 5 bowls. I would recommend using just one 8 oz package of vermicelli.