Vietnamese BBQ Shrimp Vermicelli (Bun Tom Heo Nuong)
Vietnamese BBQ Shrimp Vermicelli or Bun Tom Heo Nuong is one of my favorite Vietnamese bun dishes. If you have tried Vietnamese food, I am sure you are familiar with bun, or dry rice vermicelli in nuoc cham (fish sauce) and topped with either grilled pork (thit), BBQ shrimp, sugarcane shrimp (chao tom), cha gio, tau hu ky, or a combination of them. I love Vietnamese bun because it’s not only tasty, but very healthy as it’s not greasy and comes with all sorts of vegetables and herbs. Every bite is refreshing and appetizing; a noodle dish that is both filling and satisfying.
Summer is in high gear now so I made some BBQ shrimp and turn them into this BBQ shrimp vermicelli. It’s really quite easy to make. All you have to do is gather your fresh vegetables: cabbage, carrots, bean sprouts, cilantro, and mint leaves. (You can also add herbs such as perilla and Asian basil leaves, if you like.) For the rice vermicelli, you can get them dry at Asian markets. Please take note you will need rice sticks, which are slightly “fatter” than rice vermicelli. The packaging has Vietnamese and it will say “Bun” and the English label is “Rice Sticks.” For the fish sauce or nuoc cham, I have a great recipe that goes well with the vermicelli, as well as other Vietnamese recipes on this site.
If you love Asian noodles, this is a great dish to try. As I mentioned above, you can have a few toppings if you want—shrimp, pork, cha gio, tau hu ky, etc. Regardless of your choice, it’s absolutely pleasing to the palate.
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