Posted by: thequaches | November 13, 2009

Tonight’s dinner

It was pretty yummy and I am sad that I did not take photos!

It’s a Vietnamese dish and since I am NOT a chef and I am NOT Vietnamese, I had to fudge the recipe to what was on hand.  I looked in the freezer and saw that there was ONE piece of steak left — mom must have missed a steak meal with us one time because we normally eat all the pieces!  So I defrosted that. So, I decided to make a Vietnamese Noodle dish (aka Bun).   When you go to this link, you can see a photo — mine, obviously, was not that fancy!

Anyway, I seasoned the steak with salt and pepper, then pan-fried it — could have grilled it outside on the barbie but was too lazy.

While the steak was cooking on medium-high heat (I alternate the temp when I flip), I boiled water to cook the vermicelli noodles.  While the noodles and steak were cooking, I thinly sliced some iceberg lettuce I found in the frig (one can use other lettuce too), washed some basil and mint leaves (from the backyard), thinly sliced some onions, green onions, cilantro, and minced a few cloves of garlic.  We love garlic, so I minced quite a bit!

Once the noodle was cooked, I drained, rinsed, and let them cool off.

I assembled my noodle bowl:  iceberg lettuce first, cilantro next, then the cooked cold noodles…

Once the steak was cooked, I removed that and set aside.

I then threw in the pan the following: onions first, let that cook a bit, then garlic, let that brown a bit, then green onions.  I tossed in a small slice of butter for flavor.  The house smells yummy — even Matthew commented and he hates onions (or so he says but he loves them in omelets!).

The steak is ready to slice once the above items are cooking.  Just thinly slice the steaks in any way — I made them smaller for the children (bit sizes).

The final product was as follows:  iceberg lettuce, cilantro, noodles, sliced steak, grilled onions and garlic, then topped with basil and mint leaves.  I wish I had bean sprouts today — would have tasted so much better!  Oh, toasted peanuts would have been yummy too!

The final secret is the fish sauce or Nuoc Mam.  I do not make this (but have before) because my aunt has spoiled me and makes me monthly supplies whenever I visit her or take her to doctor’s visits/appointments.

The children normally eat this with just rice noodles, grilled meat, and fish sauce.  They have a side dish of cucumbers.  They do not like their veggies in the mix.  Strange, but at least they will have it!  😉

It was tasty!  Now, you can try it too!  If you do not have steak, grill some chicken, shrimp, or pork.  If you do not eat meat, skip the meat!  I think it’s tasty no matter what goes in it.



  1. I love this dish, but have never tried making it. I’m going to have to! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • can’t go wrong with a few fresh ingredients and fish sauce! 🙂

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