Rating: 5 stars
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This is a classic Vietnamese dish that is so simple to make. Sauteed beef marinated in lemongrass and garlic and tossed with cold vermicelli noodles and fresh herbs. Great on warm days or it makes a quick, weeknight meal.

Recipe Summary

20 mins
35 mins
30 mins
1 hr 25 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist
Sweetened Fish Sauce:


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add vermicelli noodles and cook until softened, 12 minutes. Drain noodles and rinse with cold water, stirring to separate the noodles. Set aside.

  • Combine lemongrass, soy-based seasoning, sherry, brown sugar, and garlic in a bowl. Marinate flank steak in mixture, tossing evenly, and let sit for 30 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, make sweetened fish sauce. Pour warm water into a small bowl; add sugar and lemon juice. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in fish sauce, Thai peppers, and garlic. Adjust to taste. Set aside.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook sliced flank steak until firm but slightly pink in the center, 5 to 6 minutes per side. Arrange cooked vermicelli noodles in bowls for serving. Place steak on top and garnish with Thai basil leaves, cilantro, and bean sprouts. Pour sweetened fish sauce over the top.

Cook's Notes:

You can adjust the garlic and soy sauce amounts in the marinade to your taste.

You may need to make two batches of the sweetened fish sauce. It can be made ahead of time and be kept in the refrigerator for up to one week. Also, make sure to use only fresh herbs when eating this dish.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

411 calories; protein 24.7g; carbohydrates 58.3g; fat 9.8g; cholesterol 35.6mg; sodium 1214.8mg. Full Nutrition