This isn't so much a recipe as an assembly list.
Bun Cha Hanoi Nem Ran (Vietnamese Hanoi-Style Rice Vermicelli Noodles with Grilled Pork Patties and Egg Rolls)
For 2 to 4 people, you'll need:
Bun (Vietnamese rice vermicelli noodles), I prefer the thinner noodles for this, not the thick kind like in my recipe for Bun Bo Hue (Vietnamese Hue-Style Beef Noodle Soup). The noodles will be in a packet, not bundles. Sometimes the packets are divided into individual sections. Each one should be sufficient for one person.
Vietnamese herbs, plucked and washed, or simply slice lettuce if you don't have any
Nuoc Mam Cham (Vietnamese Fish Dipping Sauce)
For the pork patties:
Nem Nuong and Nem Nuong Cuon (Vietnamese Grilled Pork Patty and Vietnamese Grilled Pork Patty Salad Rolls)
For the grilled pork:
Bun Thit Heo Nuong, Tom, Cha Gio (Vietnamese Rice Vermicelli with Grilled Pork, Shrimp, and Egg Rolls)
For the egg rolls:
Cha Gio/Nem Ran (Vietnamese Spring/Egg Rolls)
For the carrot and daikon slices:
Follow this recipe, but cut them up into flower coins like I did if you wish. You may also substitute green papaya, chayote squash, or kohlrabi for the daikon.
Do Chua (Vietnamese Pickled Stuff ie. Carrots and Daikon)
To serve, each diner gets a bowl of grilled pork patties and grilled pork, topped with pickled carrot and daikon slices. Pour nuoc cham over everything. There should be a plate of noodles, herbs, and egg rolls if you wish.
How do you eat it? Eh, some people grab some noodles and dip it into the bowl, gradually adding in more as you eat the meat. Some get another bowl and put a little of everything into that. However it gets down your belly is fine with me.
Mmm. Look at that juicy grilled meat. Doused in fish sauce. Totally hit the spot.
But who am I kidding? I'm sooooo not a Northern girl, my South-Central roots insisted I wrap everything up in rice paper and eat it like nem nuong. ;)
1 year ago today, the best shio (salt) ramen ever at Santouka - Costa Mesa.