This Vietnamese bowl is easy to prepare, healthy and light light. This dish is filled with vermicelli noodles topped with fresh vegetables and herbs, an incredible lemongrass marinated tofu and is drizzled with the traditional Vietnamese sauce: Nuoc Cham. It’s better than take out and is ready in 30 mins. We know you will love it!
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You will need
Boil water and slice the tofu: Cut the lemongrass marinated tofu in thin ½ cm slices. keep the lemongrass marinade.
In a large pot, bring water to a boil (1 to 2 liters, 2 to 3 liters, 3 to 4 liters) for the vermicelli.
Cook the tofu: Place the cornstarch on a plate and coat each tofu slices with cornstarch. Place the oil (1/2 tbsp, 1 tbsp, 1 1/2 tbsp) in a large pan and turn on the heat to medium high. In a single layer, place the tofu slices in the hot pan, keep the remaining lemongrass marinade. Cook the lemongrass marinated tofu slices about 2 minutes per side, until caramelized and slightly crispy on each side. Once the tofu is cooked, place it in a bowl and set aside. Add the remaining lemongrass marinade to the hot pan and cook for about 1 minute to create a sauce, steering constantly. Add the tofu back in the pan and coat the tofu with the lemongrass marinade sauce.
Preparation: Rinse and dry all produces. Peel the carrots. Cut the carrot and cucumber in julienne (the shape of a match about 5 cm long). Cut the romaine in 3 cm thick slices. Roughly chop the mint. Finely slice the thai chili.
Note: thai chili are very hot. You may want to wear plastic gloves to protect your hands.
Cook the vermicelli: When the water is boiling, add the vermicelli and cook for 4 minutes.
Finish the vermicelli: Place a strainer or colander in the sink. Place the vermicelli in the strainer or colander. Rinse the vermicelli under cold water. Drain and set aside. The vermicelli will be room temperature when served.
Garnish & serve: In individual serving bowls, place the lettuce, top with the vermicelli, the carrots, the cucumber and top with the lemongrass tofu, drizzle with Vietnamese sauce. Garnish with fresh mint and thai chili.
Dr. Craig Herrington Naturopath
Cucumbers are one of the few foods that we eat without removing the seeds. Interestingly, it is the cucumber seeds that contain a number of carotenoids and flavonoids that can help protect our heart and blood vessels. Cucumbers also have compounds called cucurbitacins that have anti-cancer
Cooking with Kids
Beyond Baby Nutrition
Lacey Engel, Registered Dietician
Buffet style is best. Serve your meal at the table rather than pre-portioning for your kids. Let everyone fill their plates with as much or as little as they like to eat.
Cooking for kids?
Feel free to leave out the thai chili as it is very spicy. It is recommended to slowly introduce fresh mint as it has a strong flavour.
Making this recipe with kids?
Ask the child to help by completing step 6:
- Garnish & serve
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Note: We cannot guarantee any dish is allergen free.
Fish sauce is in the Vietnamese sauce