There’s this Vietnamese noodle bowl made from pork, lettuce, picked vegetables and noodles that I love. You can find a version of it at most Vietnamese restaurants. The pork has this sweet yet peppery flavor that is amazing. I wanted to recreate that flavor at home with a little less work, hence my Vietnamese Beef Bowl.
Making rice is the simplest dish when you’ve got a rice cooker so I switched out the noodles for rice. I also think of dishes in terms of leftovers. I survive on leftovers during the day because I don’t have time to stop running around after the babe to make a meal. Rice noodles need to be made fresh. I’ve tried to use rice noodles in leftovers and it’s a mess. They are either super hard or super mushy. Either way, it’s totally gross.
Instead of cuts of pork, I used lean ground beef. I simmered it in a few spices, pepper and a lot of honey. It turned out perfect. My husband loves the flavor (and the recipe) even though he’s not a big ground meat fan. He usually thinks it tastes too dry but this dish is a winner.
This Vietnamese Beef Bowl has sweet and peppery ground beef mixed in a bowl with white rice, lettuce and pickled vegetables. It’s reminiscent of the bowls that you may get at your favorite Vietnamese restaurant.
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:35 mins
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Small Onion, finely chopped
3 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
1 pound Ground Beef
2 teaspoon Ground Coriander (AIP reintroduction)
1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper (AIP reintroduction)