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Vegan Bún Chay Noodle Bowls (Vietnamese Noodle Salad)

  • Author: Maša Ofei
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes*
  • Yield: 2


This vegan bún chay noodle salad bowl is packed with fresh herbs and vegetables, rice noodles, and lemongrass tofu, finished with a rich and easy sweet chilli garlic sauce. It’s the perfect way to get more veggies into your diet, and love it too!



Sweet chilli garlic sauce:

  • ¼ cup sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 24 tablespoons water (depends on how thick your sweet chilli sauce is)


  • 1 small carrot, julienned
  • ½ small red bell pepper /capsicum, thinly sliced
  • 1 small Lebanese cucumber, thinly sliced (slightly squeeze to soften)
  • 2 cups cos / romaine lettuce, sliced (measured after slicing)

The rest:

  • 100g / 3.53 ounces vermicelli noodles
  • 20 Vietnamese mint leaves, sliced (or regular mint)
  • 1 cup cilantro / coriander, chopped (measured after chopping)
  • ½ red chilli, thinly sliced (leftover from the tofu)
  • Crushed peanuts
  • 2 lime cheeks


  1. Tofu: Marinade the tofu as per the recipe linked. Note that you will have to marinade it for at least 1 hour (up to 24 hours) before.
  2. Sweet chilli garlic sauce: To a small bowl, add all the ingredients and mix well. Set aside. You can make this at the same time as the tofu marinade.
  3. Noodles: Prepare them as per packet instructions. You can prepare the rest of the ingredients in the meantime.
  4. Pan-fry the tofu as per the linked recipe.
  5. To serve: To each bowl, divide the vermicelli noodles, tofu, veggies, and toppings and pour over the sweet chilli garlic sauce. Serve straight away.


Total time: This does not include the tofu marinade time.

Tofu: If you’re short on time or can’t find lemongrass, you can substitute the lemongrass tofu by simply pan-frying the tofu until crispy on the outside, then add a couple of tablespoons of tamari or soy sauce and toss them gently to cover each piece in the sauce. Place a lid on the pan and cook for a further minute.

  • Diet: Vegan

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