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Vietnamese Grilled Pork with Rice Noodles Recipe (Bun Cha)

Updated on March 25, 2013
Bun Cha
Bun Cha | Source

Bun Cha

Bun cha is popular Vietnamese dish from northern region. This simple dish is combination of a bowl of vermicelli, herbs, greens such as cucumber, carrot and bean sprouts, grilled pork (slices or patties) and dipping sauce, normally nuoc cham (fish sauce).

Traditionally, bun cha as other Vietnamese dishes combine important elements of freshness, textures balance, healthy diets and eye-pleasing presentation. Marinated pork slices is grilled in short time, herbs and greens are served raw, and presentation of the dish is simple yet beautiful. Here is easy and quick bun cha or Vietnamese grilled pork with rice noodles recipe. It is low in fat and sodium, besides easy to fix. Combination of smoky grilled pork, soft noodles, sour pickles, crunchy vegetables, savory fish sauce and aromatic herbs will tease your taste buds to no ends. Bon appetit.

What You Need for Fixing Bun Cha

Serve: 4-6


2 lbs boneless pork, trimmed and thinly sliced across the grain

4 tbsp honey

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 red onion, chopped

1 tbsp oil

1 tsp cornstarch

3 spring onions, finely sliced (garnish)

2 tbsp fish sauce

12 oz dried rice vermicelli noodle

carrot pickle

vegetable and herbs garnish/garden salad

sweet and sour fish sauce for dipping

Bun cha
Bun cha | Source

How to Fix Bun Cha

  1. Use mortar and pestle to make   paste of garlic, red onion and black pepper.  Or you can use food processor to make a rough and slightly watery paste.  Place paste, honey, fish sauce, cornstarch, pork and oil into a mixing bowl.  Cover and marinate at least 2 hours. 
  2. In a pot, heat water to a boil. Then add rice vermicelli and stir it gently. It will take about 3-5 minutes or until vermicelli is clear transparent and soft. Remove from the heat and rinse it under cold running water. Drain well and set aside. 
  3. Preheat gas grill to medium-high. I prefer use traditional charcoal grill to bring more true Asian barbecue flavor. Grill pork slices on the grill, turning  and brushing with marinate. Cook  about 3-4 minutes each side or until they are nicely charred and browned. Transfer to platter.
  4. Prepare small serving bowls. Distribute pork slices in each bowl, top with carrot pickle and toasted peanut. Drizzle with dipping sauce. Serve it with rice vermicelli, vegetables/herbs garnish and a bowl of dipping sauce. 

How to Make Carrot Pickle and Sweet Sour Fish Sauce

Carrot Pickle

2 carrots, shredded

1 -2 tbsp sugar

4 tbsp vinegar

1 tsp salt

Combine carrot, sugar, salt and vinegar in a medium bowl. Toss it well and set aside. Adjust salt and sugar to your liking. 

Sweet and Sour Fish Sauce


3 cloves garlic, finely minced

1/2 cup water

6 tbsp fish sauce

3 tbsp sugar

3 tbsp lime juice

1 tsp chili paste (optional)

In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients and stir well to dissolve the sugar. Set aside.


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    • jojokaya profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from USA


    • DaveysRecipeRead profile image


      7 years ago

      Looks and sounds quite tasty. I'll definitely give this one a try!

    • jojokaya profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from USA

      Yes it's tasty..Let me know if you like nuoc cham

    • MisterTruffle profile image


      7 years ago from London, UK

      This looks tasty. I might try Nuac Cham as one of my ingredients in my new ingredient challenge!

    • jojokaya profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from USA

      Yes its delicious. Thanks for visiting.

    • Lidian profile image


      7 years ago

      This looks really wonderful! I've actually been cooking with rice noodles lately and have some leftover ones, so may try this -


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