This dog, really is a noodle bowl. If you've ever met him, you know this to be true.
Bun comes in all sorts of variations, but is basically a rice noodle bowl topped with fresh vegetables, protein (sometimes chunks of springrolls), nuts and doused in a tangy dressing. Dalat's version was true perfection: warm soft chewy vermicelli, topped with lightly steamed broccoli, fried tofu, carrot and daikon pickle, fresh cilantro, crispy fried shallots, chopped peanuts, with a very delicious broth on the bottom of the bowl. To enjoy properly, it was encouraged to toss from the bottom to the top and then eat and slurp--chopsticks made it more delicious (I learned this method from the wait staff who would always pause by my table and motion with their hands to toss from the bottom).
If you're ever in Northern Virgina and crave vegan bun, there's a good version to be had in Annandale at Pho Hot, but it sure won't replace good ol' V7, and no one will come by to make sure you're tossing and enjoying it properly. It's lonely bun, folks.
- Bun rice noodles, cooked until soft then rinsed and cooled to room temperature.
- Steamed broccoli spears (to save time throw them in while the noodles are cooking, then pull them out and throw into an iced water bath).
- Seeded cucumber spears.
- Fresh cilantro.
- Fried tofu chunks (mine had bits of shallots in 'em).
- Sliced bell peppers.
- Mushroom Fluff or VegeUSA's shreddy soy stuff (optional).
- Daikon carrot pickle--do chua (mine's pink 'cuz the radish I used was a beautiful pink heirloom variety).
- Top with chopped nuts (roasted peanuts are ideal) and Sriracha or chili garlic paste and for extra yumminess--fried, crispy onions or shallots.
P.S. Trinity is getting the next Primal Strip. Lemme know in a comment if you want one, too.