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Rice vermicelli noodles: a staple Vietnamese ingredient

Rice vermicelli noodles: a staple Vietnamese ingredient

Whether you know them as rice noodles, bee hoon, rice sticks or Vietnamese rice vermicelli noodles, here at Caphe Guests you'll find a huge variety of traditional Vietnamese dishes using this popular ingredient. 

You'll often find these noodles eaten as part of a soup or a salad, but our focus here at our Chiswick restaurant is on our ever-popular Bún dishes.

The word Bún literally means "rice noodles", and we offer two different types of rice noodle dishes on our menu, either to eat in or take away: Bún and Bún Xa. 

Our Bún dishes are available topped with a choice of grilled chicken, pork, beef or prawns, or pork or chicken plus spring rolls. As with many Vietnamese dishes, they're packed with plenty of fresh, clean flavours: the noodles themselves are served with lots of fresh herbs and vegetables, with a traditional garnish of fried shallots and roasted peanuts. A homemade sweet chilli fish sauce finishes off the dish with plenty of flavour, and the meat or prawns are marinated in lemongrass before cooking and served on a hotplate. This style of serving the dish is non-traditional: we love to include the hotplate for our evening diners, as we feel that it adds a special touch to the meal.

The Bún Xa dishes are virtually the same, but the meat is not grilled. They are a popular choice on the lunch menu as they are quicker to prepare for our customers that have only limited time - and are also available in the evening. Here, the dish is served in the traditional Vietnamese style with all of the ingredients presented together in a bowl: again, you can choose whichever meat (or tofu, prawns and squid or prawns) you would like to enjoy as part of your meal. 

All of our Bún dishes are available either to eat in or take away, and they're perfect for a corporation meal if you're looking for something a bit different for large groups of office workers. Our corporate catering service is perfect for internal meetings, client visits and other occasions where you need to feed a crowd: simply order 48 hours in advance, and we'll be able to deliver your order to your office door. 

For a true taste of Vietnam, our rice vermicelli noodle dishes are a winner: we look forward to hearing what you think!

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