What do you prefer, noodle bowls or rice bowls? I usually go for rice bowls (I love how rice soaks up sauces), but there’s one noodle bowl I absolutely love! I first had a Vietnamese Bun noodle bowl years ago, and instantly loved the fresh flavors and thin rice noodles. It’s a light meal, but still very filling. It doesn’t leave you feeling like you need a nap like some other noodle dishes.
The Vietnamese Bun noodle bowls I’ve had are served with nuoc cham, a sweet/salty/acidic sauce that really adds a delicious flavor. They are also served with fresh vegetables like carrots and cucumbers. I wanted to combine both of these elements by pickling my vegetables! The acidity plus a little sweetness of the apple cider vinegar shines though. I encourage you to prepare the pickled vegetables at least a day in advance to allow them to really pick up flavor. If you are unable to make the pickled vegetables, this meal would also be delicious with crunchy raw chopped vegetables!
You guys know I love peanut sauce, so peanut tofu was a natural choice for me to add to this bowl. With all these amazing flavors working together, I could eat this bowl every day! This meal was also boyfriend approved, so we’ll definitely keep this in our regular meal rotation. This meal serves 4-5.
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
1 large carrot, scrubbed and thinly sliced I used a julienne peeler)
½ cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup water
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 block firm tofu
Avocado oil spray
1 head romaine lettuce, thinly shredded
1 package vermicelli rice noodles
1 cup mung bean sprouts
1-2 Fresno chilis, sliced
½ cup crushed peanuts
Fresh mint and/or cilantro
1 tbsp avocado oil
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp low sodium tamari
1 tbsp cold water
Juice of half a lime
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1-2 tsp chili paste
1 tbsp mauka honey
1 clove garlic, grated
1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
¼ cup creamy natural peanut butter
Pack sliced cucumbers and carrots into two jars. Heat the apple cider vinegar, water and maple syrup in a saucepan, stir and bring to a boil. Pour hot liquid into vegetable jars so that vegetables are fully covered. Cover and place in refrigerator. Prepare the pickled vegetables one day in advance if possible, or at least 30 minutes before eating.
Preheat oven to 415 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Drain and press tofu to remove excess water.
Cut tofu into 1 inch cubes, spray with avocado oil spray and bake for 25-30 minutes, until edges are golden brown and crispy.
Prepare peanut sauce by whisking all ingredients together in a bowl until well combined. Toss tofu in peanut sauce to coat.
Prepare vermicelli noodles according to package instructions.
Arrange portions of lettuce, noodles and tofu in bowls. Top with mung bean sprouts, chilis, crushed peanuts, fresh herbs and pickled vegetables.
If you try this recipe, tag @daisybeet on Instagram so I can see your creations!