Bun Cha Ha Noi



Translation: Grilled Tofu, Noodle, and Herb Salad

Cuisine: Vietnamese

Region: Hanoi

Recipe Type: Main Dish

Average User Rating: 1.19 / 5

Vegetarian / Vegan: Vegan

Hanoi's favorite streetside fare, Bun Cha Ha Noi, is a wonderful blend of spicy chilies, punchy Vietnamese herbs, and savory grilled flavors. This particular version comes from a small shop we visited at Yen Tai intersection in Hanoi's Old Quarter, which has specialized in this dish for over 5 generations. The dish is traditionally served with a combination of grilled pork and grilled pork meatballs, but we've subsituted grillled tofu, using the same marinade ingredients.

Ingredients:

1 block of tofu (~14oz.)
2 TB soy sauce
1 TB brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced

1/2 cup each cilantro, Thai basil, mint, perilla (shiso)
8 oz. dry rice vermicelli, cooked until tender and cooled
2 cups hot vegetable stock
1/2 cup Thai red chilies, chopped
1/2 cup garlic, thinly sliced
1 cup white vinegar

Directions:

Press tofu under weight for 1 hour to remove excess water. Place sugar, soy, garlic, and shallot in a bowl and stir to combine. Cut tofu into 3 "planks" and place in a bowl with the marinade, stirring around to coat. Marinate for 2 hours. Heat vinegar to boiling in small pot and remove from heat. Place sliced garlic in hot vinegar and let soak for about an hour. Drain vinegar and place garlic into a small bowl. Remove tofu from marinade, reserving marinade, and grill over a charcoal fire, turning frequently, until nicely browned (but not burnt) on both sides. Combine reserved marinade with hot vegetable stock and simmer for 5 minutes on low heat.

To serve, each person gets a small bowl, in which they place some of the vermicelli, grilled tofu, herbs, chilies, and pickled garlic. Ladle a little bit of the hot stock over the noodles and serve.


Submitted By:

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4

Like this vegetarian Bun Cha Ha Noi recipe? Add to "My Recipe Box"

Did you enjoy this recipe for Bun Cha Ha Noi? Would you change it somehow? Let us know your thoughts!

 Review Recipe / Leave a Comment 

First Name:

Star Rating:

Review / Comments:




Reviews / Comments (1)  

I\'m looking forward to cooking this recipes, even though it takes time to prepare sounds like it is worth it!I

Recipe Rating: 5 Stars

User: dena
From: , U.S.A.
Nov.9.2011
9:49 pm

Vegetarian Bun Cha Ha Noi Recipe - Average User Rating: 1.19 / 5 - 1 Ratings, 1 Reviews