Vermicelli Salad with Lemongrass Chicken

Los Angeles magazine listed Phamish, purveyor of authentic Vietnamese "street food," as one of the Top 10 Food Truck Finds in LA. We've got a clean version of their iconic vermicelli salad, Bun.
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Ingredients

  • 2 stalks lemongrass, roots trimmed and tough outer layers discarded
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 2 tbsp low-sodium tamari
  • 2 tbsp safflower oil, plus additional to lightly coat grill grate
  • Juice 2 limes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 fresh red Thai chile pepper, minced (not seeded)
  • 2 6-oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts, butterflied or pounded 1/2-inch thick

CARROT & DAIKON

  • 1/3 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt, optional
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and julienned
  • 1 2-inch piece daikon radish, peeled and julienned

NUOC CHAM SAUCE

  • Juice 3 limes
  • 3 tbsp raw honey
  • 2 tbsp unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 fresh red Thai chile pepper, minced (not seeded)

SALAD

  • 1/2 lb brown rice vermicelli noodles (8 oz)
  • 2 cups leaf lettuce, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 2 scallions or green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 English cucumber, julienned
  • 1/2 cup each cilantro and mint leaves
  • 4 tbsp crushed unsalted raw peanuts
  • 6 lime wedges, optional

Preparation

  1. Prepare chicken: Coarsely chop bottom 6 inches of lemongrass stalks, discarding tops. In a food processor, pulse lemongrass, honey, tamari, oil, lime juice, garlic and pepper until smooth. Place chicken in a large zip-top bag and pour lemongrass mixture into bag, turning chicken to coat. Seal, pressing out excess air, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight, turning bag occasionally.
  2. In a large bowl of cold water, soak vermicelli until softened, about 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare carrot and daikon: In a medium bowl, combine vinegar, honey and salt and whisk until honey is dissolved. Add carrot and daikon, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until carrot softens.
  4. Prepare sauce: In a small bowl, whisk lime juice, honey, vinegar, fish sauce and pepper until honey is dissolved. Set aside.
  5. Preheat grill to medium-high and lightly oil grate with additional oil, or set a nonstick grill pan on medium-high. Remove chicken from bag, discarding marinade, and grill for 8 minutes, turning once, until fully cooked and white throughout. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Slice into 1/2-inch strips and cover to keep warm.
  6. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Drain vermicelli and immerse into boiling water. Cook until al dente, about 1 minute, stirring and gently separating noodles as they cook. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  7. To assemble salad, drain carrot-daikon mixture, discarding liquid. Divide vermicelli among 4 large plates or bowls. Top with chicken, carrot-daikon mixture, lettuce, bean sprouts, scallions, cucumber, cilantro, mint and peanuts, dividing evenly. Serve with small bowls of sauce on the side for dipping and, if desired, lime wedges.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 3 cups salad, 2 oz chicken, 2 tbsp sauce
  • Calories: 346
  • Carbohydrate Content: 49 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 33 mg
  • Fat Content: 9 g
  • Fiber Content: 4 g
  • Protein Content: 21 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 627 mg
  • Sugar Content: 17 g
  • Trans Fat Content: 2 g