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Bun Nem with Prawns

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This is a recipe for Bun Nem with Prawns. Do you already know Bo Bun? Bun Nem is a variation of this Vietnamese salad made with spring rolls instead of beef. In the following recipe I have mixed spring rolls and shrimps to add even more flavour to this salad!

Vietnam is one of my favourite destinations. The country has so much to offer! I had the chance to visit it twice and I would return there at the first opportunity.

Bo Bun, Bun Nem, what is it?

The Bo Bun is a classic of Vietnamese cuisine. It is a salad made from rice noodles. The rice noodles are cooked and then served cold with raw vegetables such as carrots, cucumber, salad leaves and especially Vietnamese aromatic herbs such as coriander, mint, Thai basil. This salad is accompanied by a fish sauce.

“Bo” means “beef” in Vietnamese, hence the name “Bo Bun” when this salad is served with thin slices of beef. In the following recipe, the beef is replaced by spring rolls and is therefore called “Bun Nem”.

Here I have added some extra prawns. Unfortunately, I don’t know the name of this recipe in Vietnamese, so I will call it “Bun Nem with Prawns”! It’s a very fresh dish, perfect for summer!

bun nem with prawns
Bun Nem with Prawns

The essential ingredients

For this recipe, you will need four essential ingredients to get the authentic taste of this Vietnamese salad.

The spring rolls: To save time, I bought frozen spring rolls. Depending on your tastes and your diet, you can choose beef, chicken, pork or vegetarian spring rolls.

Herbs: The most important ingredient in this recipe are the herbs. Mint and coriander are easy to find herbs. As for Thai basil, you might have to go to an Asian grocery store or supermarket to find some. You can also add other Vietnamese aromatic herbs if you find some like perilla or Vietnamese coriander (rau-ram).

Fish sauce: You can find fish sauce in most supermarkets.

Rice noodles: I usually use thin rice noodles or vermicelli.

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Recipe of Bun Nem with Prawns

To make this recipe of Bun Nem with Prawns for 2 persons, you need the following ingredients.

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 200 g rice noodles
  • 4 spring rolls
  • 6 large prawns
  • 100 g soy sprouts
  • 100 g salad leaves
  • ¼ of cucumber
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 lime
  • ½ red pepper option
  • Aromatic herbs: Thai basil fresh mint, perilla, coriander
  • Neutral oil e.g. rapeseed oil

For the sauce:

  • 4 tbsp. fish sauce Nuoc Mam
  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 75 of water
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 whole clove of garlic
  • A little finely chopped chilli pepper option
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Preparation of the Bun Nem with Prawns

Step 1: Vegetables and aromatic herbs

Start by preparing the raw vegetables and salad. Cut 2 carrots and 1 cucumber into thin strips. Then blanch 100 g of soy bean sprouts by soaking them in hot water for 10 minutes.

Wash the salad leaves and herbs and dry them on a paper towel. Remove the coriander, mint and Thai basil leaves from their stems and mix them with the salad leaves.

Step 2: Rice noodles

Then prepare the rice noodles. Cook the rice noodles according to the instructions on the packet and rinse them under cold water immediately so that they do not stick.

Once cooked, run the noodles under cold water and use your hands to gently peel the noodles off if they stick together.

Step 3: Sauce

For the sauce, mix 4 tablespoons of fish sauce (Nuoc Mam), 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 75 cl of water, 1 pinch of salt, 1 whole clove of garlic and optionally, a small finely chopped red pepper.

You can multiply the quantities by two to obtain more sauce.

Step 4: Spring rolls and prawns

Then all you have to do is prepare the spring rolls and the prawns before assembling the salad.

Heat the oil in a frying pan or wok and fry the prawns. Once cooked, remove them and fry the spring rolls. Cut the spring rolls into two or three pieces of equal size.

Step 5: Assemble your Bun Nem

To finish, place a portion of rice noodles in a bowl, then add the carrots, cucumber, soy sprouts, salad and herb mixture. Place the shrimp and spring rolls on top. Then pour the sauce on top. Mix well before tasting.

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Bun Nem with Prawns

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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Plat principal
Cuisine Asiatique
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 200 g rice noodles
  • 4 spring rolls
  • 6 large prawns
  • 100 g soy sprouts
  • 100 g salad leaves
  • ¼ of cucumber
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 lime
  • ½ red pepper option
  • Aromatic herbs: Thai basil fresh mint, perilla, coriander
  • Neutral oil e.g. rapeseed oil

For the sauce:

  • 4 tbsp. fish sauce Nuoc Mam
  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 75 of water
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 whole clove of garlic
  • A little finely chopped chilli pepper option

For the salad

    Instructions
     

    • Cut the carrots and cucumber into thin strips. Blanch the soy sprouts by soaking them for 10 minutes in hot water. Mix the lettuce leaves and herbs.
    • Cook the rice noodles according to the instructions on the packet and then rinse them in cold water to prevent them from sticking.
    • Mix all the ingredients for the sauce.
    • Heat the oil in a frying pan or wok and fry the prawns. Once cooked, remove and fry the spring rolls. Cut the spring rolls into two or three pieces of equal size.
    • In a bowl, place a portion of noodles, then add the carrots, cucumber, soy sprouts, salad and herb mixture. Arrange the prawns and egg rolls on top.
    • Pour in the sauce. Depending on taste, you can squeeze the lime and add finely chopped red chilli pepper.
    Keyword healthy, refreshing, Vietnam
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