Suggestions for simple Vietnamese dish?
When trying to figure out what to serve my book club next week (one vegetarian, one gluten free), it struck me that a vietnamese dish might make sense (we are reading The Quiet American), and rice noodles are gluten free! After confirming that the vegetarian will eat fish sauce (phew), I got bogged down on internet research. So I thought that I would turn to my wise friends on Chowhound.
I was thinking of something like this:
but wasn't sure. Basically, I want a one-bowl dish with rice noodles that is easy and can largely be prepped ahead. Any suggestions??
I made these for a work pot luck and they were devoured. I used marinated tofu instead of the shrimp, as the celebrant ant doesn't do seafood. I marinaded the tofu in a bit of the dipping sauce. I've had them both ways, equally yummy.
I made them the night before, and wrapped each one in plastic wrap. Put them in a sealed container on top of a damp towel, and they stayed soft for several days (there were negotiations over the few remaining after the pot luck for the next day's lunch)
Oh, I was going to suggest summer rolls! Perfect for this time of year, if you are northern hemi.
I prefer a clear dipping sauce, and I like to combine shiso (perilla) and pineapple. I love the tip for marinated tofu, and would like to know what you marinate it in!
Clear dipping sauce:
4 TBSP nam pla fish sauce
4 TBSP vinegar (rice)
4 TBSP sugar
180 to 240 ml of water (3/4 to 1 cup, American)
2 chopped garlic cloves
1 chopped chili
black pepper as desired
Mix and adjust flavors to taste. This sauce just gets better as it sits, so you might like to make it the night before.
I was running out of time, so I just used some of the dipping sauce from the recipe, so not as much marinaded as "coated".
I will have to try your clear dipping sauce some time. We use sun butter due to allergies, and Mr Autumn freaks out about how close to peanut butter I have the dipping sauce taste.
However you choose to make your dish, be sure to include plenty of fresh herbs, peanuts, and scallions - makes it extra yummy.