If there is one thing that I love more than bacon, it’s any sort of ground meat on rice or noodles. I know…it sounds strange but just trust me on this one. Maybe it’s because I grew up eating it or maybe it’s because I’m Asian. I have no idea why but for some reason I just love it.
So if you remember my previous post on Chili Beef Lettuce Wraps, then this may look a tad bit familiar. The ingredients are essentially the same but instead of eating it with lettuce leaves as an appetizer, I’ve subbed in vermicelli rice noodles to make this more of an entree versus an app.
What you will need:
- 1 lb of ground beef (or 1/2 lb ground beef and 1/2 lb ground pork)
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
- 1 shallot, minced
- 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
- Hand full of cilantro, roughly chopped
- 3-4 Thai chili’s, sliced
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp of fish sauce
- 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
- Juice and zest of 1 lime
- A few bricks of vermicelli. We prefer the rice kind.
For the sauce:
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 Thai chili, sliced
- Small handful of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
- Juice of a lime wedge
For detailed instructions on how to prepare the chili beef, click on over to the step-by-step instructions first.
Step 1: Bring a large pot filled 3/4 of the way with water to a boil.
Step 2: Place your vermicelli noodles in a large heat-proof bowl and cover them with boiling water. Let them sit for 8-10 minutes or until the noodles are soft and cooked through. Drain and set aside.
Step 3: While the noodles are cooking, prepare the chili beef following the recipe outlined in the link above. Also, don’t forget to make the delicious sauce!
Step 4: Once you have everything prepared, it’s time to assemble. Place the vermicelli noodles in a small bowl and top with a generous helping of the chili beef. Drizzle over a few spoonfuls of sauce and garnish with chopped scallions, chili peppers and a lime wedge.
We love this dish so much we usually make some variation of it once a week. It’s quick, easy, and most importantly delicious! And best of all, the chili beef pairs well with any variety of noodles or rice so give it try with your favorite carb and let me know your thoughts!