When I go to Vietnamese restaurant, I always wonder if I should have regular pho or vermicelli bowl. These two are my favorite dish on Vietnamese cuisine, and while it is getting hotter and hotter, I tend to have nice cold food lately.
I’d never tried making vermicelli bowl at my home, so I gave it try making homemade vermicelli bowl the other day. Overall, I satisfied my first-time-homemade-vermicelli-bowl, but I have a little concern, which is, if I had chosen the right kind of vermicelli noodle.
When I went to dried noodle aisle at Vietnamese grocery, the entire aisle had different kind of noodle. Some are egg noodle, some are bean noodle, and some are rice noodle which I’m supposed to use. However, even rice noodle with the package saying they were vermicelli, they were all different for how thick they are. I thought I should ask someone, but everyone looked busy and I was being super shy, so after spending several minutes, I chose one bag of noodle with praying I picked the right one.
It was good enough for making tasty vermicelli bowl after all, but for those who are familiar with Vietnamese food, maybe it looks weird…? Well, I can’t say.
Anyway, here is how I did it! 🙂
- 100g dried vermicelli
- Some veggies – green leaf, carrots, scallion, etc
- Some herbs – basil, mint, jalapeno, lime
- Some Something savory – mushroom, tofu, etc. I used both, so I’ll let you know how I did it on direction part! 🙂
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (for cooking something savory)
Savory things’ seasoning
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon cooking wine
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon shredded ginger
- Some sesame seeds
- ¼ cup water
- ½ tablespoon vinegar
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- ⅛ lime for juice
- 1.5 teaspoon sugar
- 1 small thai chili
- Cook vermicelli noodle
In a large pan, fill water and bring it to boil. Put vermicelli and remove from heat. After 5 min, drain it and you’ll have nice cooked vermicelli like below!
- Prepare something savory
In a large pan, put olive oil and bring it to medium high heat. Add mushroom. After a few minutes, add all savory things’ seasoning ingredients. Add tofu and cook until water is boiled up.
- Prepare sauce
Mix all ingredients for sauce together and set aside.
- Set out dish
In a bowl, put vermicelli, veggies, herbs, savory things. Pour sauce.
I want to add some egg rolls on my bowl too, but cooking deep fried food is hard especially in a hot day. Also, some evil oil try to attack me, so maybe the best way for me is either making egg rolls to go or let my dinner buddy make egg rolls. Oh, the one who pick up to-go egg rolls is also my dinner buddy by the way. I’m too busy being relaxed in air conditioned room. 😛