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How to Make Authentic Bún Thái (Thai-Style Vietnamese Noodle Soup) at Home

Dish name: Bún Thái (Thai-Style Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

  • Cuisine: Vietnamese/Thai Fusion

  • Preparation time: Approximately 45 minutes

  • Yield: Serves 4

  • Ingredients:

  • 200g rice vermicelli noodles

  • 300g mixed seafood (shrimp, squid, fish fillets)

  • 200g sliced chicken breast

  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth

  • 1 can coconut milk

  • 1 stalk lemongrass, bruised

  • 4 kaffir lime leaves

  • 200g bean sprouts

  • 2 tomatoes, quartered

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 limes, juiced

  • Fresh Thai basil leaves

  • Fresh mint leaves

  • Sliced red chili peppers (to taste)

  • Chopped peanuts (for garnish)


  1. Prepare the rice vermicelli noodles according to the package instructions, drain, and set aside.

  2. In a large pot, bring the chicken or vegetable broth to a boil.

  3. Add lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, sugar, and salt to the boiling broth. Simmer for 10 minutes to infuse the flavors.

  4. Add the mixed seafood and chicken to the broth, cook for about 5 minutes, or until fully cooked.

  5. Add the coconut milk and bring the soup back to a gentle boil.

  6. Once boiling, add the tomatoes and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.

  7. Remove the pot from heat, discard lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves, and then stir in the lime juice.

  8. Divide the cooked rice vermicelli noodles among serving bowls.

  9. Ladle the hot soup over the noodles, making sure to include seafood and chicken.

  10. Top with bean sprouts, fresh Thai basil, mint leaves, sliced red chili peppers, and chopped peanuts.

  11. Serve hot with additional lime wedges on the side.

Here's an example of what Bún Thái might look like once you've prepared it:

(Thai-Style Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

Enjoy your cooking and the delightful flavors of Bún Thái!

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