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“Bun” is a Vietnamese noodle dish typically made with cold rice noodles, lots of crunchy vegetables and thinly sliced beef or pork all tossed in a sweet and tangy sauce. It's perfect for a hot summer night. Serve with sliced mango and iced mint green tea.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2010

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total:
35 mins
Servings:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a large skillet, preferably cast-iron, over medium-high heat until shimmering. Reduce heat to medium, add steak and cook, turning once, 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let rest on a clean cutting board for 5 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook rice noodles until just tender, 6 to 8 minutes or according to the package directions. Drain the noodles and rinse under cold water.

  • Whisk vinegar, fish sauce and sugar to taste in a large bowl until the sugar is dissolved. Slice the steak into thin matchsticks. Add the steak and any accumulated juice to the bowl along with the noodles, cabbage, carrot, radishes, basil and/or mint and peanuts; toss to combine. Serve immediately.

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Note: Fish sauce is a pungent Southeast Asian condiment made from salted, fermented fish. Find it in the Asian-food section of large supermarkets and in Asian specialty markets. We use Thai Kitchen fish sauce, lower in sodium than other brands (1,190 mg per tablespoon), in our recipe testing and nutritional analyses.

Nutrition Facts

343 calories; protein 21.4g; carbohydrates 39.2g; dietary fiber 3.5g; sugars 9.4g; fat 11.7g; saturated fat 2.3g; cholesterol 39.5mg; vitamin a iu 5448.4IU; vitamin c 13.6mg; folate 59.3mcg; calcium 64mg; iron 1.9mg; magnesium 52.3mg; potassium 539.3mg; sodium 750.8mg; thiamin 0.1mg.
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