These Vietnamese Pork Bun Bowls (Bún) are easy to throw together on a busy weeknight and only take about 20 minutes (minus marinating time). They have the same fresh, savory, sweet, and umami-rich flavor as at your favorite Vietnamese restaurant, but incorporate a few shortcuts to make them extra quick and easy to make at home.
What is your favorite kind of Asian food? I’ve thought long and hard about this. I’m hesitant to commit, since they are all so different from each other, but I am almost 100% certain for me it’s Vietnamese. The flavors are always so fresh and bright, especially from the use of fresh herbs. The dishes are usually very light yet satisfying, and I never feel weighed down after eating them. Unfamiliar with Vietnamese food? Bún bowls, Bánh mì, and Phở are some of the most popular dishes you’ll find at Vietnamese restaurants, and all are wonderfully delicious.
These Pork Bun Bowls are kind of like a salad. They’re super fresh, super healthy, gluten free, and very flexible. They consist of layers of fresh lettuce, vermicelli rice noodles, vegetables (such as carrots, cucumbers, or radishes, which are often pickled), protein (most commonly pork, but tofu, chicken, beef, or fish can also be used), fresh herbs (mint, cilantro, and basil), garnishes (such as crushed peanuts), and the most amazing sauce ever (the base of which is fish sauce, which makes it packed full of flavorful umami)….