Vietnamese Boodle Bowl (bun ga nuong)

ba bar copycat vermicelli noodle bowl
ba bar copycat vermicelli noodle bowl

One of my favorite restaurants in Seattle, ba bar, makes the perfect vermicelli bowl recipe. called bun, Vietnamese cold noodle salads combine sweet, salty, savory, crunchy, and vinegary flavors into a really satiating and healthy-ish lunch. This is a copycat recipe of Ba Bar’s vermicelli bowl recipe – as best i could reverse engineer it!

ba bar copycat vermicelli noodle bowl
ba bar copycat vermicelli noodle bowl

Since i’m doing a january whole30 reset, some of the traditional ingredients in bun ga nuong, like vermicelli noodles, are a no-go, but i’ve subbed in shirataki noodles and the result is DELICIOUS. shirataki noodles are a game change for anyone who wants to go low carb but is aching and pining for asian-y noodles. 

Serious Eats notes, “Slick shirataki noodles are perfect for cold noodle salads, where their slippery texture helps keep each strand separate while simultaneously picking up plenty of flavor from a sauce.”

enjoy this slightly paleo-ified version of a cold Vietnamese noodle salad!!!

ba bar copycat vermicelli noodle bowl

Vietnamese Noodle Bowl (Bun Ga Nuong)

Mimi Newman
This Vietnamese cold noodle salads combines sweet, salty, savory, crunchy, and vinegar-y flavors into a really satiating and healthy-ish lunch.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 3 servings
Calories 402 kcal



  • 3-4 skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp of fish sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 shallots finely chopped
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 14 oz shirataki noodles available at Asian grocery stores or on Amazon
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce shredded
  • 4 Persian cucumbers sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh mint chopped
  • ¼ cup unsalted roasted cashews chopped
  • optional toppings: shredded pickled daikon and carrot fried shallot, chopped green onion

Salad dressing

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 lime
  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 clove garlic chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon ginger chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red chili pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  • marinate the chicken breasts in the garlic, shallots, salt, pepper and the vegetable oil for 30 min-1 hr.
  • transfer shirataki noodles to a colander or strainer. Rinse under cold running water for 30 seconds, then set over a bowl to drain while you make the salads.
  • heat a skillet or grill pan until smoking; grill chicken thighs until done, and then chop into bite size pieces.
  • in each bowl, divide the lettuce and cucumbers. Top with the shirataki. Arrange the chicken on top of the shirataki.
  • Combine the ingredients for the chili vinaigrette and mix together thoroughly. Pour three to four tablespoons of the chili vinaigrette on each salad. Sprinkle with fresh mint and cashews and serve.


Calories: 402kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 29gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 3245mgPotassium: 799mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 5723IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 3mg
Keyword chicken, noodles, Vermicelli, Vietnamese
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