Bún Bò Xào (or Bún Bò Xào Xả, Bún Bò Nam Bộ, Bo Bun) is a quick and easy Vietnamese meal packed with fresh herbs, flavorful lemongrass beef, rice noodles and a sweet & tangy fish sauce dressing.

Take you less than 30 minutes for cooking but this dish surpasses all expectations.

Delicious Vietnamese Bun Bo Xao - A flavorful noodle salad dish with tender stir-fried beef, fresh herbs, and rice noodles, topped with peanuts and served with Vietnamese dipping sauce.

Bún Bò Xào vs. Bún Bò Nam Bộ

Both Bún Bò Xào and Bún Bò Nam Bộ refer to rice noodle salad with stir-fried beef, a popular street food in Vietnam. They differ slightly depending on the region; the beef could be marinated with lemongrass or not.


Delicious Vietnamese Bun Bo Xao - A flavorful noodle salad dish with tender stir-fried beef, fresh herbs, and rice noodles, topped with peanuts and served with Vietnamese dipping sauce.

In the South, there is a dish called Bún Thịt Xào in which pork is used instead of beef.

Meanwhile in France, you can easily find Bo Bun in every Asian restaurant. It’s the French version of Bún Bò Xào. Due to the era of French colonization in Vietnam, there are many Franco-Vietnamese fusion dishes.

Another popular “Beef Noodles” in Vietnam is Bún Bò Huế – the spicy beef noodle soup from Huế.

Noodle salad is a popular concept in Vietnamese cuisine since it’s refreshing, light, and takes less time to cook than noodle soups like Bún Mọc or Canh Bún.

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Why this recipe works

Vietnamese Beef Noodle Salad (Bun Bo Xao) is a quick and easy Vietnamese meal packed with fresh herbs, flavorful lemongrass beef, rice noodles, and a sweet & tangy fish sauce dressing. Healthy, easy, and quick to prepare, it's all for you.
  • Quick and simple: With all the ingredients ready in under 30 minutes, it’s my mom’s go-to choice for time-strapped cooking sessions.
  • Bursting with flavors and textures: give it a taste and you will know I didn’t lie.
  • Gluten-free: Like many Vietnamese recipes such as Bánh Cuốn or Bánh Xèo , this Bún Bò Xào is totally gluten-free.

Ingredients

You can find the ingredients at Asian markets. For precise measurements, refer to the recipe card at the end of this post.

1

Beef

Bun Bo Xao Ingredients
  • Beef: all top round steak, flank steak, sirloin, strip, and rib-eye cuts work well in this recipe.
2

Marinade

  • Lemongrass: Lemongrass is quite popular in Vietnamese cuisine. It is present in many BBQ, stir-fried dishes, and stews, such as pork chops, chicken stir-fry, beef stew, and chicken curry.
  • Onion & Garlic: Provide more flavors and aroma to the dish
  • Mung Bean Sprouts I personally love mung bean sprouts, so I added them to the stir-fried beef.
  • Cornstarch: My mom’s secret tip for achieving super tender beef. (Tapioca starch, Potato starch work well too)
  • Seasonings: soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, and cooking oil.
  • Ớt Sa Tế (Vietnamese lemongrass chili oil): Add some if you have it on hand. It takes the beef to another level.
3

Other ingredients:

Bun Bo Xao Ingredients
  • Nước chấm (Vietnamese dipping fish sauce): fish sauce, sugar, garlic, chili, vinegar or lime/lemon juice.
  • Mỡ Hành (scallion oil) & Đồ Chua (pickled carrots & daikon): optional
  • Crispy Fried Shallots (optional): you can get them from Asian super markets, in Germany store-bought Röstzwiebeln is a great substitute.
  • Roasted Peanuts (optional)

Instructions

1

Prepare fish sauce dressing and scallion oil in advance

  • For the fish sauce dressing (nước mắm chấm): combine all ingredients and set aside.
Vietnamese dipping fish sauce instruction
  • For the scallion oil: In a heat-resistant bowl, mix chopped scallions, sugar, and salt. Heat oil in a pan until it’s close to smoking point, then carefully pour it into the bowl with the other ingredients. Stir everything together and let the sauce cool.
2

Marinate beef

  • Slice the beef thinly against the grain.
  • In a bowl, marinate the beef with soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, cornstarch, minced garlic, finely chopped lemongrass, and cooking oil. Allow it to rest for 15 minutes.
Bun Bo Xao Instructions
3

During this time, prepare other components

  • Cook the vermicelli noodles according to the package instructions.
  • Wash all the veggies: lettuce, bean sprouts, and herbs.
  • Thinly chop the lettuce.
  • Wash and julienne the cucumber.
Bun Bo Xao Instructions
4

Stir-fry beef and serve

  • Heat a pan over medium-high heat, then add oil. Once the pan is hot, add the onion and cook until it becomes shiny and soft. Then add the beef.
  • Stir-fry beef undisturbed for 20-30 seconds. Then, add the mung bean sprouts and continue cooking until everything is cooked to perfection.
  • Create your noodle bowl by adding vermicelli noodles to a bowl. Layer it with lettuce, mint, cucumber, herbs, and stir-fried beef. Top with peanuts, pickled carrot and daikon, scallion oil, and fried shallots.
  • Drizzle Vietnamese dipping sauce over the top to taste and serve!
Bun Bo Xao Instructions
Bun Bo Xao Instructions
Bun Bo Xao Instructions
Bun Bo Xao Instructions

Helpful Tips

Delicious Vietnamese Bun Bo Xao - A flavorful noodle salad dish with tender stir-fried beef, fresh herbs, and rice noodles, topped with peanuts and served with Vietnamese dipping sauce.
  • Make sure to prepare all the other components before stir-frying the beef. The beef should be served hot.
  • Stir-fry the beef in small batches to prevent overcrowding the pan. I only work with 2/3 lbs (300g) beef at a time.
  • Don’t overcook your beef to keep it tender.
  • This Vietnamese Lemongrass Beef (Bò xào xả) goes amazing with steamed rice also.

More Tasty Vietnamese recipes with beef (beyond Phở)

Bo Ne (Vietnamese Steak and Eggs)
Bò Né (Vietnamese Steak & Eggs)
Steaming bowl of Pho Sa Tế with flat rice noodles, rich satay broth, and an assortment of fresh toppings
Phở Sa Tế (Spicy Beef Phở)
A bowl of Pho Bo Sot Vang, Vietnamese beef stew infused with red wine and aromatic spices.
Phở Bò Sốt Vang (Red Wine Beef Stew Phở)

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Delicious Vietnamese Bun Bo Xao - A flavorful noodle salad dish with tender stir-fried beef, fresh herbs, and rice noodles, topped with peanuts and served with Vietnamese dipping sauce.

Bún Bò Xào/Bún Bò Nam Bộ (Vietnamese beef vermicelli bowl)

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Bún Bò Xào / Bún Bò Nam Bộ – Quick & easy Vietnamese meal with fresh herbs, flavorful lemongrass beef, rice noodles, and sweet – tangy fish sauce. Preparation takes less than 30 minutes, yet this dish exceeds all expectations.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 2

Equipment

  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 non-stick pan

Ingredients
  

Fish Sauce Dressing

  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 6 tbsp hot water
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar (5%)
  • Minced garlic
  • Minced chili

Vietnamese Scallion Oil

  • 2 sprigs scallions
  • ¼ cup cooking oil (60ml)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch sugar

Marinated Lemongrass Beef

  • 0.7 pound beef (top round steak, flank steak, sirloin, strip, and rib-eye cuts) (320g)
  • 1.5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 stalk lemongrass (finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup mung bean sprouts (100g)

Serving

Instructions
 

Prepare the fish sauce dressing and scallion oil:

  • For the fish sauce dressing, mix all ingredients and set aside. Or with this recipe , create a large batch for long-term storage.
  • For scallion oil: In a heat-resistant bowl, combine chopped scallions, sugar, and salt. Heat oil in a pan until nearly smoking, then pour into the bowl. Stir well and let cool.

Marinate the beef

  • Slice the beef thinly against the grain.
  • Marinate it with soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, cornstarch, garlic, lemongrass, and cooking oil. Rest for 15 minutes.

Prepare other components during this time

  • Prepare the ricei noodles following the package instructions.
  • Wash all the vegetables: lettuce, bean sprouts, and herbs.
  • Cut the lettuce thinly. Wash and julienne the cucumber.

Stir-fry the beef and serve

  • Heat a pan over medium-high heat, add oil, and cook the onion until shiny and soft. Add the marinated beef.
  • Stir-fry beef undisturbed for 20-30 seconds. Then, add mung bean sprouts and stir-fry until perfectly cooked.
  • Create your noodle bowl with vermicelli noodles, lettuce, mint, cucumber, herbs, and stir-fried beef. Top it with peanuts, pickled carrot and daikon, scallion oil, and fried shallots. Drizzle Vietnamese dipping sauce to taste and serve!

Notes

  • Prepare all other components before stir-frying the beef to ensure everything is ready. Beef should be served hot.
  • When cooking a large batch, remember to stir-fry the beef in small batches using only 2/3 lbs (300g) at a time to prevent overcrowding the pan.
  • Don’t overcook the beef, ensuring it stays tender.
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