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Jun 4, 2014 07:01 PM

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??

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        I stand corrected. But the final cooking takes little time, and the vegetarian and gluten free guests can be served first to preclude any problems of cross contamination.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          The stock/broth is challenging. If you could find a place to sell you some, then the rest would be simple. But the few places here will not sell their stock to me.

          1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

            the stock used in Pho is not vegetarian

          2. That's a great idea, and that recipe looks all right, but I think you could do better!

            Look at these:


            Just for starters!

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            1. re: sandylc

              Thanks to Sandylc, and everyone for their great ideas!
              I do love Pho, but I've never made it and don't want my first time to be when I have guests.
              I found a lot of great ideas at Fine Cooking as well.

            2. 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)

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              1. re: autumm

                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.

                1. re: MickiYam

                  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.

                  1. re: autumm

                    Oh, cool! It sounds like the marinated tofu would make a nice summer snack all by itself. I think I'll try this tonight for tomorrow.

              2. I do lemongrass chicken or pork rice bowls all the time.

                This recipe is awesome!


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                1. re: daislander

                  have you ever actually made the substitutions that would turn that recipe into a vegetarian dish?
                  what exactly did you do?
                  how exactly did it turn out?

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    ah yes I missed the one vegetarian part . Id just do a firm tofu in the same/separate marinade grill on side.

                2. However you choose to make your dish, be sure to include plenty of fresh herbs, peanuts, and scallions - makes it extra yummy.