Vietnamese Vermicelli w/Grilled Pork Patties (Bun Cha Ha Noi)

This is a great Vietnamese noodle dish that's light and just packed with flavor. It's like a salad with a delicious dipping sauce, or dressing, and it's so easy to put together too. Back in March of 2016, President Barrack Obama visited Vietnam and he made this dish famous with a video clip of him casually enjoying this dish at a local Bun Cha Ha Noi shop with Anthony Bourdain. It's most often done with ground pork but you can easily switch out using ground chicken or turkey, even. Grill these patties over an open fire is the ultimate but an indoor grill or a George Foreman works just as great. Here's how it's done if you're curious.

RECIPE for 4 servings:

1 lb of cooked vermicelli
3-4 leaves of red lettuce, chopped
Various fresh herbs such as mints, corriander, perilla, etc., rough chopped

Pork Patties:
1 lb of ground pork, or chicken/turkey
1 tbs of fish sauce
2 tbs of honey
1 tsp of chinese 5 spice
1 tsp dark soy or caramel sauce
1/2 tsp of fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tbs sugar
A dash of salt
2 tbs minced garlic
2-3 shallots, minced
2-3 stalks of spring onion- top portion, chopped
1 tbs oyster sauce

Dipping sauce:
1/2 cup of warm water
1/4 cup of sugar
4 tbs of vinegar
2 tbs of minced fresh garlic
1 tbs of minced fresh thai chilis
4 tbs of premium fish sauce
1/2 cup of pickled carrot/daikon/papaya


Combine the meat with all the ingredients within the pork patty section. Then mix gently and make into little 2-inch round, 1/3-inch thick patties. Cook on a non-stick grill for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until cooked. 
Serve the patties over a bed of fresh noodles and veggies. Then laddle a couple spoonful of dipping sauce and enjoy!