Vietnamese Beef and Crunchy Noodle Salad

This isn’t a side hustle of a salad, my friends: this is the star of the show. Epic steak, fresh herbs, a Vietnamese-style dressing… and crunchy, umami-loaded toppings. Yep, this salad is ANYTHING but sad.

10 minutes
20 minutes

100g (3.5 oz) crunchy fried noodles*

2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce

2 tsp kecap manis (or any sweet dark soy sauce)

100g (3.5 oz) Vietnamese rice vermicelli noodles*

2 x 200g (7 oz) beef scotch fillet (ribeye) steaks, or sirloin or rump

sea salt

1 tbsp vegetable oil

150g (5 oz) watercress or other salad greens

1 large shallot, sliced

100g (3.5 oz) sliced snow peas or sugarsnap peas

1 small cucumber, sliced

¼ cup roughly chopped coriander (cilantro) leaves

¼ cup mint leaves

½ bottle Marion’s Vietnamese Tangy Dressing*

3 tbsp toasted shaved coconut

  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 170°C/340°F. In a small mixing bowl, add the fried noodles, sweet chilli sauce and kecap manis. Mix thoroughly, then spread the noodles out loosely on a baking tray lined with baking (parchment) paper. Bake the glazed noodles for 10 minutes, giving them a mix halfway through. (They will appear not crispy at first but once cooled they crisp up again.) Set aside and allow to cool completely.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, place your noodles in a medium-sized bowl and cover with room temperature water. Leave to soak for 20 minutes or until the noodles turn bendy and pliable.

  • Step 3

    While the noodles are soaking, bring your beef steaks to room temperature and generously sprinkle with salt on both sides.

  • Step 4

    Place a large frying pan over a high heat until very hot, then add the oil. For medium rare, place steaks into oil and cook on high heat for 1 minute on the one side, then flip and cook for another 1 minute on each side. Once you’ve got some nice colour on each side, you can then move them around and keep flipping them for another couple of minutes on each side or  until cooked to your liking. Remove from heat and place onto a plate to rest.

  • Step 5

    Once the noodles have finished soaking, drain off the excess water and cook them in boiling water for 1 minute or until just softened. Transfer to a bowl of cold water (or rinse them under a tap to cool). Use scissors to cut them into more manageable lengths. Leave the noodles soaking in cool water until ready to serve.

  • Step 6

    Time to assemble! Arrange watercress, shallot, noodles, snowpeas, cucumber, fresh herbs and sliced beef on a serving platter. Drizzle over dressing and sprinkle with glazed crunchy noodles and toasted coconut.

  • Notes

    – You can find crunchy fried noodles in the Asian aisle of most supermarkets.

    – Find rice vermicelli noodles in dried form at an Asian grocer or in the Asian aisle of most supermarkets.

    – If you can’t buy Marion’s Vietnamese Tangy Dressing in your area, try making the dressing from my Vietnamese-style Chicken Salad or this Vietnamese Salmon Noodle Salad

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