Savor the Flavors of Vietnam with Grilled Beef Noodle Bowl – Bún Bò Nướng

Grilled Beef Noodle Bowl


Embark on a culinary journey to Vietnam with the delightful Grilled Beef Noodle Bowl, known as “Bún Bò Nướng.” This iconic dish captures the essence of Vietnamese cuisine, featuring marinated grilled beef served over vermicelli noodles, fresh herbs, and a medley of vibrant toppings. Learn how to recreate this mouthwatering dish in your kitchen and savor the delicious blend of flavors and textures.


For the Grilled Beef:

  • 1 pound (about 450g) beef sirloin or flank steak, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the Noodle Bowl:

  • Rice vermicelli noodles, cooked according to package instructions
  • Fresh lettuce or mixed greens
  • Bean sprouts
  • Cucumber, thinly sliced
  • Fresh herbs (cilantro, mint, Thai basil)
  • Crushed peanuts for garnish

For the Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Thai bird chili, finely chopped (optional for heat)


Marinate and Grill the Beef:

  1. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce, honey (or brown sugar), minced garlic, grated ginger, and black pepper to create the marinade.
  2. Add thinly sliced beef to the marinade, ensuring each slice is well coated. Marinate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to infuse.
  3. Preheat your grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Thread marinated beef slices onto skewers or grill them directly.
  5. Grill the beef for 2-3 minutes per side or until cooked to your desired doneness. The beef should develop a delicious char.

Prepare the Noodle Bowl: 6. Arrange cooked vermicelli noodles in serving bowls.

  1. Top the noodles with fresh lettuce or mixed greens, bean sprouts, sliced cucumber, and an assortment of fresh herbs.

Assemble the Grilled Beef Noodle Bowl: 8. Slide the grilled beef off the skewers and place it on top of the prepared noodles and vegetables.

Prepare the Dipping Sauce: 9. In a small bowl, whisk together fish sauce, water, lime juice, rice vinegar, sugar, minced garlic, and chopped Thai bird chili (if using).

  1. Drizzle the dipping sauce over the Grilled Beef Noodle Bowl.

Garnish and Serve: 11. Sprinkle crushed peanuts over the top for added crunch and flavor.

  1. Serve immediately, allowing everyone to mix the ingredients and flavors to their liking.

Experience the harmonious blend of savory grilled beef, fresh herbs, and the zesty dipping sauce in every bite of this Grilled Beef Noodle Bowl. Embrace the authentic taste of Vietnam in the comfort of your own home and enjoy a culinary adventure with this delicious and satisfying dish!