This Asian dish is a rice vermicelli and stir-fried beef mixed salad with optional pork spring rolls. Be ready to provide chopsticks to your guests.
Beef Bo Būn
This recipe requires quite a number of little steps. So, if you are well organized or if you have a bit of help, it can be made quickly… if not, it requires patience. Spring rolls and their sauce will have to be available if you choose to add them.
- 18 to 24 quality pork spring rolls
- 400 to 500g tender quality beef such as sirloin
- 4 onions
- 2 TBS sesame oil
- A dash of Maggi or soy sauce
- 1 cucumber
- 4 carrots
- 2 lettuces
- 250g fresh soybean
- 2 bunches of fresh coriander and mint leaves
- 1 bunch of Thai basil (optional)
- 250g of peanuts
- 450g Japanese noodles
- 200g peanuts
- Salt and pepper
- Nuoc Mam sauce for spring rolls
- Large individual bowls
- Step 1 Cook the Japanese noodles in a large quantity of boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain and run them through cold water for a speedy cooling for 1 minute. Enable the complete cool-off for 5 to 10 minutes by regularly tossing the noodles in the air with salad servers. That way, you will be able to manipulate the noodles without burning your fingers.
- Step 2 Pre-heat your oven to 150°. Place the nems on the oven grid making sure they lay separately. Place a sheet of aluminium foil on the oven rack and insert it under the grid with the nems on. This is a useful tip to collect the oil dripping from the nems avoiding the unpleasant fumes. Heat up for 20 minutes.
- Step 3 In the meantime, cut the meat in thin slices, and set aside. Thinly slice the onions too and stir-fry them in a frying pan with the sesame oil until golden. This should only take a few minutes. Set the frying pan aside as you will need it again to stir-fry the beef. Peel the carrots, rinse the salad, and dry it thoroughly. Wash the soybean. Set these vegetables separately on a large platter, or on a tray if you prefer.
- Step 4 Crush the peanuts and put them in a bowl, remove the mint and coriander leaves from the stems and place them next to the vegetables.
- Step 5 Set the table, as your Bo Bun is almost ready. Wrap a few noodles around two fingers and lay them down on a platter in the shape a small nest. Put some Nuoc Mam sauce in separate bowls. It’s a perfect sauce for Bo Bun.
- Step 6 Stir-fry the meat last according to your liking (rare or well done), add salt and pepper and a dash of soya sauce or Maggi. Set on your table immediately in a serving bowl. Cut the heated spring rolls in 3 with scissors. Serve separately. Each guest may now fill his/her bowl with the prepared ingredients.