Thanks to the magic of streaming I’m able to watch cooking programs from all over the world. One of my new favorites is Luke Nguyen, a Vietnamese-Australian chef, and his three series through Vietnam, France, and the UK. His premise is to meld Vietnamese flavours with the local ingredients of each of his destinations while preparing his dishes street-food style. His cooking style is inspirational for those who enjoy experimenting with east-meets-west flavours and techniques while his narrative is simple and direct. Although he’s not a vegetarian chef, I’ve been able to adapt a lot of his recipes and techniques to my own style of cooking.
I have a faint memory of seeing the following recipe on a program in his Vietnamese series, although I don’t remember which one and I can’t find any reference to it on the internet. In any case, rice noodle salad, known as bún, is a typical dish in Vietnamese cuisine. It’s characterized by vermicelli rice noodles, crisp vegetables, a generous handful of mixed herbs, and nuoc cham – a sweet and sour sauce. This salad can also contain meat, which can be replaced with tofu, or simply left out to enjoy the freshness of the vegetables and herbs on their own.
The perpetual problem with Vietnamese and Thai cuisine is the fish sauce, and Luke Nguyen puts it in absolutely everything. Nuoc cham normally contains fish sauce, and I’ve got a really great recipe for vegan fish sauce here. However, if you haven’t got the time or inclination to prepare that fish sauce, in this recipe I’ve replaced it with soy sauce, hot pepper flakes, water, sugar and lime juice. Inspired by Luke Nguyen and http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/23224/vietnamese+prawn+rice+noodle+salad
For the salad
For the nuoc cham
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 355mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 3g
Inspired by Luke Nguyen and http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/23224/vietnamese+prawn+rice+noodle+salad