Bun Ga Nuong (aka Grilled Chicken and Vermicelli Noodles)
The Boy and I love leftovers.
In our world, leftovers is just a better version of what we ate the night (or two or three) before. So when we opened the refrigerator to find leftover grilled chicken from the weekend, we were stoked. Off to try something I had never really made before – bun (otherwise known as rice vermicelli noodle). I love rice noodles.
Bun is another story.
Bun and I have a bad history. When I was five, I had a vomit spell after eating a bowl of it. I stopped eating it again until I was 7. Of course, there was a repeat incident. I was hesitant to try it again but I did twenty years later while lunching with some coworkers at a new “Vietnamese” restaurant near the office. Not much was promising in terms of authenticity except for the bun. I was reluctant but I ordered it (it was either that or cry through a bowl of pho that I knew I wouldn’t recognize).
I ate it. And didn’t have the urge to throw up. Actually, I quite enjoyed it.
Anyway, if there is meat on hand, bun is pretty easy to whip up and even easier to enjoy. Usually, if you have the bun, grilled meat, cucumbers, nuoc cham, lettuce, mint or basil leaves and (if you want) peanuts you’re good to go.
We, of course, were without lettuce and mint (and basil!) leaves. But it still worked.
The Boy’s Reaction: “This is fabulous!”
More fabulous – my 30 year old stomach is loving bun again!