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This Cold Vietnamese Dish is the Salad You Didn't Know You Needed


Bo bun is a delicious & refreshing Vietnamese dish that's actually super easy to make at home.

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Vietnamese Beef & Noodle Salad (Bun bo xao)

This Vietnamese dish is made of a wholesome beef and noodle salad, full of contrasting flavors and textures. The traditional recipe typically includes thin rice vermicelli noodles, bean sprouts, sauteed beef, raw veggies, lettuce, herbs and a handful of crushed peanuts. Dressed with nuoc mam, a Vietnamese dipping sauce, it's also often garnished with fried spring rolls. Try our easy step-by-step recipe for this refreshing and satisfying dish!

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  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Water


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup tomato sauce


  1. Mix flour, sugar, salt, milk, and water in a pan, and mix until you form a dough.
  2. In a saucepan, heat a splash of olive oil and add the onion. Cook on medium-high until onion has softened.  
  3. Add the ground beef, and add the salt, water, and tomato sauce. When the meat has browned, remove from heat. 
  4. Dust a flat surface with flour, and roll out the dough into a flat sheet. 
  5. Use a ramekin or cup to cut out circles. 
  6. Add a dollop of beef-tomato mixture to the center of each circle. 
  7. Pinch the dough into a little pocket.
  8. Bake in the oven at 350° F for 15 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!

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