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Vermicelli Noodle Bowl

Vermicelli Noodle Bowl is one of my favorite dishes to have over the summer or whenever I want something light and crunchy. The BBQ meat is really good, and the marinade is inspired by my Taiwanese background.


Traditionally, Vietnamese BBQ marinade contains a strong lemongrass flavor and is nicely charred on the grill. However, the marinade will be sweet and savory and will make the whole dish more flavorful.


Vermicelli Noodle Bowls are also full of protein and fiber but also have different levels of crunch and flavor from the raw and pickled vegetables as well as the toasted peanuts.



NOTE: Pickled carrots and radishes do require to be prepared a couple days before to ensure their pickled flavor. Please excuse that I didn't add the carrots in the picture below.



 


 
Recipe


Pickled Radish + Carrots

Step 1

  • Chop and slice your carrots and radish into thin strips.

  • Set them aside and put them in separate mason jars or any glass container that can be nicely sealed.

  • Wait for the pot to boil and all the sugar has been dissolved.


Step 2

  • Set the pot aside and let it cool before adding it to the jar.

  • Once you put the vinegar marinade in the jars, you can put them in the fridge and let it pickle for at least overnight for the radish and 3 days for the carrots.

  • In a medium pot, put 1/3 cup of sugar, 1/3 cup of white distilled vinegar, 1/4 cup of water.

  • Let the pot boil on medium heat.

Step 3

  • Wait for the pot to boil and all the sugar has been dissolved.

  • Set the pot aside and let it cool before adding it to the jar.

Step 4

  • Once you put the vinegar marinade in the jars, you can put them in the fridge and let it pickle for at least overnight for the radish and 3 days for the carrots.

BBQ Marinade

Step 1

  • Cut the chicken breast and beef into equal slices (this is to ensure the same cooking time)

  • Set them aside as we move on to the marinade.

Step 2

  • In a bowl, add your soy sauce, mirin, and the other ingredients listed ingredients and give it a stir.

  • Add the meats into your sauce bowl and mix it all together.

Step 3

  • Put the bowl into the fridge and let it marinade for at least 20 minutes.

  • Around this time, you can move on to cutting your lettuce into 1-inch slices.

Step 4

  • Take the bowl out of the fridge and heat up a medium-large pan to medium heat.

  • Add 1 tsp of oil on the pan and place your chicken on the pan once you feel the pan is heating up.


How to tell when the meat is cooked:


Chicken

Chicken is slightly hard to cook because it takes longer and can easily be dry.


On the pan, place as many chicken slices as you can with equal spacing between each piece of chicken. Take a lid of the saucepan or a grease splatter guard to cover the pan and let the steam help cook the chicken. After 40 seconds or a minute, open the lid and flip the chicken over. After both sides have been cooked, you can continuously flip the chicken for 20 seconds to get it nicely golden brown.


Be mindful that these meats can easily burn and get that char because of the marinade. Also, every pan and stove is different, so the time might be different.


Beef

Beef cooks very easily and has a very short cooking time especially when your pan is hot.


Should roughly take 20 seconds each side.


Analysis

The average person has a 2,000-calorie (Cal) diet, which can be split into three meals and a couple of snacks. A meal can range from around 300-500cal, while snacks should be less than 200cal. For this vermicelli noodle bowl, the calorie level perfectly sits within the range for a meal.


This meal has a good amount of protein and low carbs. It also contains an immense amount of B3 and folate (B9) Vitamins. B3 vitamins help maintain a healthy nervous system, digestive system, and skin. Folate (B9 Vitamin) is key to brain function as well as mental and emotional health.


Another note to add is vermicelli is considered high in carbohydrates and calories although the calories won’t harm your health if consumed moderately. If you are looking for a low-calorie alternative, try shirataki or konjac noodles.


Macronutrients

  • Protein: 22g (5%)

  • Carbs: 50g (11%)

  • Fat: 17g (4%)


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