vietnamese meatball bún with honey-aleppo nuoc cham

Vietnamese Meatball Bún with Honey-Aleppo Nuoc Cham recipe (via #dairyfree #glutenfree #dinner

Vietnamese Meatball Bún with Honey-Aleppo Nuoc Cham recipe (via #dairyfree #glutenfree #dinnerWe’re in it, you guys. The home stretch. The last couple of months before this artsy little nugget completes her first trip around the sun and all the excuses I’ve made for myself as a “new mom” come up on their expiration date. Am I supposed to have my shit together by now? My squad of mommy friends firmly established? Is it time to reintroduce my hair to the flat iron and the blow dryer? (Hell, even the hair brush is kind of estranged at this point…)

If you feel like these questions are rhetorical, I ensure you: they are not. I have questions; I need answers. Particularly on that mommy squad thing. I for serious need some mom friends, you guys, so I can talk about things like nap schedules and convertible carseats and solid food menu planning without getting punched in the face. Plus, I feel like it’d be good for Lana to have some other big people around during the day, too, if only because spending day. after day. after daaaaay with just me is surely a shortcut to smartassville.


Vietnamese Meatball Bún with Honey-Aleppo Nuoc Cham recipe (via #dairyfree #glutenfree #dinnerAside from having the incomparable privilege of witnessing our tiny, suckling babe morph into the feisty, chuckling bug that she is today — so full of unspoiled character and charisma — perhaps the most beautiful thing about Lana’s impending anniversary as a tiny, life-on-the-outside human is that it affords Chris one last opportunity to use his paternity leave, thereby inspiring a petite strand of road trips that will take us down and up California’s northern coast with a dip into Sacramento in between. I envision mornings greeted with oceanview hikes and evenings sticky with s’mores and red wine — but, if we’re being honest, I’ll happily settle for a living room picnic and an eyebrow wax. 

Regardless of how we spend our waking hours, the sheer potential of these next few weeks has me squealing inside. Will there be afternoons marred by skipped naps and too-long trips to Ikea? Of course. But that’s kind of part of the fun. (No seriously, while it might as well be Chris’ kryptonite, I kind of really like planning trips to Ikea. Like really like it. Like dog-eared catalog PLUS browsing list PLUS confirmed shopping list arranged by item number and warehouse location it’s a sicknessssssssss like it…)

Vietnamese Meatball Bún with Honey-Aleppo Nuoc Cham recipe (via #dairyfree #glutenfree #dinnerAnyway, I say all this because, if Chris is making time to share his days with our family, I will happily follow suit, which could result in a fairly quiet few weeks here on the blog and across my social media accounts (though I’m sure I’ll be sharing much of our adventure on Instagram, if nowhere else!) — but I also intend to spend some of our downtime working on new recipes and even *gasp!* a little bit o’ detoured content about home life with the behbes that I very much look forward to sharing when I return.

And in the meantime: MEATBAWWWWWRRRS!!!

Vietnamese Meatball Bún with Honey-Aleppo Nuoc Cham recipe (via #dairyfree #glutenfree #dinner
I could very well eat Vietnamese food — or food, like this, here, that approximates Vietnamese food, for nearly every meal. It’s unfailingly satisfying yet somehow light on the tummy no matter how many rice noodles you pack into yo’ bells. Maybe it’s those fiercely verdant herbs — licoricey basil, cool mint, inexplicably polarizing cilantro — that intoxicate me so. Or the sweet and salty tang of fresh veggies dressed in a vinegary fish sauce. Without a doubt the candied umami of tiny, charbroiled meatballs adds to the allure of this particular dish. And the simplicity with which it all comes together.

A takeout-worthy meal in under 30 minutes? YZ PLZ.

So that’s what I got for you today, guyssszzzs.
1) MomSquadProbs (ok, but last call: BE MY FRAND)
2) Vacay.
3) Balls.
Also, Bye. 🙂

Vietnamese Meatball Bún with Honey-Aleppo Nuoc Cham recipe (via #dairyfree #glutenfree #dinnerVietnamese Meatball Bún with Honey-Aleppo Nuoc Cham recipe (via #dairyfree #glutenfree #dinner

vietnamese meatball bún with honey-aleppo nuoc cham
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Makes: about 4 servings
  • For the Meatballs
  • 1 lb ground beef or pork
  • 3 T minced lemongrass
  • 3 T basil, finely chopped
  • 2 T fish sauce
  • 2 T coconut sugar
  • 1 T soy sauce
  • 1 T sriracha
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • For the Nuoc Cham
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 T fish sauce
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 T rice vinegar
  • dash sesame oil
  • ½ tsp aleppo pepper
  • For serving
  • 3-4 bundles of bún (rice vermicelli) or any thin-to-medium rice noodle
  • 1 english cucumber
  • 1-2 medium carrots
  • mung bean sprouts
  • jalapeno, basil + cilantro
  1. Preheat broiler. Bring large pot of water to boil and cook noodles according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, combine all meatball ingredients and shape into bite-sized meatballs (about 20). Arrange meatballs on a broiler pan or rimmed baking sheet and broil 5-7 mins, until cooked through and browned on top. Remove and allow to cool slightly.
  3. While meatballs cook and cool, whisk together nuoc cham ingredients and set aside. Halve cucumber and scrape out seeds, then slice into thin strips. Peel carrots, then continue to use peeler to pare carrots into long, narrow strips. Wash and dry herbs. Thinly slice jalapeno.
  4. Rinse cooked noodles under warm water to remove excess starch and drain briefly. Divide noodles among bowls; top with meatballs, carrots, bean sprouts, jalapenos and herbs. Just before serving, dress bowls with nuoc cham. Enjoy!
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16 Comments on “vietnamese meatball bún with honey-aleppo nuoc cham”

  1. Super NOM and Birthday BUN omg so delish. The first time I ate vietnamese might have been with you, your momma, and kev, somewhere near Arden. Bun for days! I had no idea it could be so easy (hypothetically) – I shall make. and then shovel noodles into my face with saucy delight.

    1. BURTHDAY BUN! Hope you had the best day, Mir. And YES – I’m pretty sure we ate at Rice Noodle Restaurant way way way back then. Charbroil Pork Vermicelli with Eggroll. I swear it’s, like, #56. So good.

  2. mmm i love bun! only thing i’d change is maybe quick pickle some of the veggies with some vinegar, salt and sugar, and maybe pick up some eggrolls to drop on top (i love how they soak up fish sauce and they add such a nice crispy crunchy element).

    1. omg i love eggrolls on top tooooooo (just way too lazy to make them myself). And I never say no to a quickle! 😉

  3. Polarizing cilantro? THAT is something I would like you to expand on! But for reals, I have seriously had a meatball addiction lately. I think I’ve made meatball zoodles at least three times a week for the past month. Yep, going all crazy over here .

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    1. We absolutely did enjoy our road trip, thanks Phoebe! And I can honestly say that if I ever went to Vietnam, I would come home 65% rice noodle (at least!). Can’t promise these are genuinely authentic, but they sure hit the spot!

    1. Thank you! And so glad to hear I’m not alone, Aida! (To think there was a time in my life when bedhead was desirable and even a little, gasp, sexy…)

  5. YUM. I adore Vietnamese dressings. I haven’t heard of bún before but… going by your photos, I love it already!!! As for cilantro? I love it, so do most of my friends… so I didn’t really realize how polarising it was until I made a Mexican dinner one night, had an acquaintance over and he hated EVERYTHING. Not because of my cooking (I hope! haha) but because I had liberally added cilantro to ALL of the food. He couldn’t even stand the smell, poor thing. Anyway, I would add plenty of cilantro to this delicious recipe and eat it ALL. Yum xxx

    1. Definitely get after some bún, Laura! It’s basically a room-temp rice noodle dish — (sometimes it’s just called vermicelli on the English menus) that is topped with some kinda grilled or charbroiled protein, tons of fresh veggies, and boldly-flavored condiments, like this fish sauce dressing. Oh, and for folks like us, CILANTROOOOOO! I’m already sneaking it into Lana’s food here and there in hopes she’ll grow up enjoying it as much as I do. Some (your friend, I’m sure) might say it’s soapy, but my buds think it’s spectacular.

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