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Appetizer for Vietnamese grilled pork vermicelli?

kristen3 Dec 26, 2011 06:38 PM

I just tested the most wonderful recipe for Vietnamese grilled pork vermicelli (bun thit nuong). I'd like to serve it at a dinner party, but can't think of what to serve as an appetizer. Can anyone suggest what we could serve with bun thit nuong to make a multi-course meal? It is really a complete meal on its own… salad, noodles, and meat… but we’d like to serve several courses to make the meal a little fancier. Any ideas? Many thanks!

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    rockycat RE: kristen3 Dec 26, 2011 07:41 PM

    Sorry, I don't have any appetizer suggestions for you, but could you point me to or paraphrase the bun thit nuong recipe? Thanks.

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      kristen3 RE: rockycat Dec 27, 2011 06:30 AM

      This is the recipe: http://www.winespectator.com/webfeatu... Really fabulous!

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        rockycat RE: kristen3 Dec 27, 2011 07:47 AM

        Many thanks.

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          kristen3 RE: rockycat Dec 27, 2011 09:26 AM

          It's seriously delicious. The only caveat I'd give you is that the pork shoulder had a lot of gristle/fat. I'd do a better job of trimming it after grilling next time.

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      CanadaGirl RE: kristen3 Dec 26, 2011 07:48 PM

      How about a mango salad?

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        panjuice RE: CanadaGirl Dec 26, 2011 08:22 PM

        I think tha mango salad is a great idea .. Should have some acid in the starter ..
        Or pickled cucumbers added to the mix .. lends a refreshing note ..
        Can julienned some Thai basil too.


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          kristen3 RE: panjuice Dec 27, 2011 09:28 AM

          Thanks, CanadaGirl and panjuice... mango salad sounds perfect! Maybe along these lines? http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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            CanadaGirl RE: kristen3 Dec 27, 2011 12:49 PM

            Looks perfect! Even without the shrimp, which are probably not needed

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              ChristinaMason RE: CanadaGirl Dec 27, 2011 07:10 PM

              Along similar lines, this mango, cucumber, and jicama salad is excellent. You can adjust the flavor profile slightly to match your meal (use bird chiles, etc.): http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ty...

      2. perk RE: kristen3 Dec 26, 2011 08:27 PM

        Mango salad sounds good. You could also do a thai crab salad served in endive leaves. The recipe should be on Epicurious.

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          kristen3 RE: perk Dec 27, 2011 09:29 AM

          Yum, thanks!

        2. letsindulge RE: kristen3 Dec 26, 2011 08:50 PM

          Cha Gio (fried egg rolls), do chua (pickled carrots & daikon), and finally bahn flan for dessert.

          1. Rubee RE: kristen3 Dec 26, 2011 09:11 PM

            I agree with chả giò, or I've also started with cha tom (sugar cane shrimp). Both are classic starters growing up with a Vietnamese mom. Bun thit nuong is a meal in itself. The plate of fresh herbs and garnishes (I always make the pickled carrots and daikon as part of this) is considered a salad in itself. One of my favorite desserts is fried bananas with vanilla ice cream! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5538...

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              kristen3 RE: Rubee Dec 27, 2011 09:30 AM

              Sounds wonderful. Cha gio, mango salad, or cha tom it is. I'm going to putter around for some recipes now... can't wait!

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                kristen3 RE: Rubee Dec 27, 2011 02:09 PM

                Also, Rubee, I've seen bun thit nuong served with cha gio right in the bowl, on top of the vermicelli. Is that authentic?

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                  vttp926 RE: kristen3 Dec 27, 2011 05:52 PM

                  Not speaking for Rubee but in my family we are more inclined to eat bun cha gio instead of bun thit nuong. But bun can have basically whatever ingredients you want when it comes to the meet. The most common ones are grilled pork, grilled shrimp, cha gio (egg roll), and cha tom.

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                    Rubee RE: kristen3 Dec 29, 2011 01:13 PM

                    Yes, that is bún chả gio. As vttp926 says, you can top bún with anything. It's a great way to use leftover grilled meat or seafood in our house.

                2. ChristinaMason RE: kristen3 Dec 27, 2011 07:11 PM

                  How about serving a steaming cup of pho broth to start? That would complement the meal nicely. Also, maybe shrimp summer rolls? Or baby banh mi?

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                    smtucker RE: kristen3 Dec 27, 2011 07:13 PM

                    I would do a bowl of seaweed, chicken soup with some glass noodles and a mushroom slice or two. One of my favorite first course soups.

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