Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken Noodle Salad

Stuff
Meat and Marinade
  • 600 – 800chicken thigh fillets, skinless and boneless (or chicken breast or pork or beef or any seafood)
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 Tbspn lime juice
  • 2 Tbspn fish sauce
  • 1 Tbspn soy sauce
  • 2 Tbspn brown sugar
  • 1 Tbspn vegetable oil
  • stalk lemongrass, white part only, bruised then sliced (pieces large enough to remove later)
Nuoc Cham
  • 50 ml fish sauce
  • 2 Tbspn rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbspn sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 Tbspn lime juice
Noodle Bowl
  • 1/2 Tbspn oil
  • 200g dry vermicelli noodles
  • 2 carrots, julienned or grated
  • cucumber, julienned or grated
  • iceberg lettuce, finely sliced
  • 2 handfuls bean sprouts
  • 1 handful of mint leaves
  • 1 handful of cilantro leaves
  • Sliced red or green chilli (for garnish – optional)
  • Lime wedges (to serve – optional)
Method
  • Combine Meat and Marinade stuff – marinate for at least 2 hour / up to 24 hours.
  • Combine the Nuoc Cham stuff and mix well to dissolve the sugar. Adjust to your taste (spiciness, lime, sweetness) and set aside.
  • Soak the vermicelli noodles in hot water for 3 minutes (or according to packet instructions), then drain and rinse under cold water to stop the noodles from sticking together.
  • Heat 1/2 Tbspn oil in a fry pan over medium heat. Remove chicken from marinade, shaking off large bits of lemongrass (small bits should fall off during cooking).
  • Place chicken in the pan and cook each side until dark golden brown and chicken is just cooked through – about 6 to 8 minutes in total. Remove from pan, shaking off any remaining bits of visible lemongrass and set aside to rest for 5 minutes. Then slice into thin pieces.

Serve

  • lightly toss the noodles, vegetables and herbs with 3/4 of the Nuoc Cham Sauce. Serve into Bowls & top with chicken pieces. Drizzle with the remaining Nuoc Cham Sauce.
  • Dress with sliced chilli & lime wedges.

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