Chicken Bun Cha bowl

Chicken Bun Cha Bowl

Daikon and carrot pickling in vinegar and fish sauce solution.
Daikon and Carrot pickling…

Make pickled daikon and carrots

  • 1 C rice wine vinegar (I like the Marukan brand from my local Uwajimaya store)
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 T salt
  • 1 C daikon, cut into match sticks
  • 1 C carrot, peeled and cut into match sticks
  • 1 t crushed red pepper

Prepare Nuac Cham sauce

  • 1/4 C fish sauce (I used Three Crabs, but Red Boat works fine, too; it’s a little saltier)
  • 1/4 C rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 C granulated sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/2 grated carrot
  • 1 Thai chili, seeded and minced finely
  • 2 limes, juiced

Prepare shallots

  • 1 large or two small shallots, peeled, then sliced thinly. Separate the layers.
  • 1 T flour or corn starch

Prepare rice vermicelli noodles

  • 8 ounces rice sticks or rice vermicelli

Prepare meatballs.

  • 12-16 ounces ground chicken, dark meat preferred, but chicken breast is ok. You can grind this in a food processor.
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 1 C shiitake mushrooms, chopped fine
  • 1 lemongrass (whatever the unit of lemongrass is), finely chopped
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Thai chili, seeded and minced finely
  • 1 t sugar
  • 1 T corn starch

Prepare garnish.

  • 4 large Romaine lettuce leaves, washed and chopped.
  • 1/4 C Mint leaves, torn
  • 1/4 C Thai basil leaves, torn. (Normal basil works fine, too.)
  • 1/2 C cilantro, roughly chopped, including the stems. The stems have the most flavor and provide some interesting crunchiness, something I appreciated after making Aash-e-Reshteh.
Fried shallots. After peeling then slicing the shallots, the individual rings are run through corn starch or flour to remove moisture. Fry for about 4-5 minutes at 325F until brown.
Fried Shallots complete. We make extras to nibble on while cooking the rest.

Cook the shallots

Frying ten chicken meat blobs for the Chicken Bun Cha recipe. I use a disher to dollop out a ball, flatten it, then cook few minutes on each side. The crispy exterior is pleasing.
Meat blobs, flattened and cooking on the second side. Ideally, you’d like the crispy part to be throughout.

Cook the meat blobs

This is an assembled chicken bun cha bowl. Vermicelli rice noodles, greens, chicken patties, carrots, fresh spices and fried shallots
One of infinity ways to serve. You really cannot go wrong.

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