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Bowl of Vietnamese lemongrass beef with noodles, lettuce, and shredded carrots.

Vietnamese Lemongrass Beef Vermicelli Bowls with Garlic Hoisin Sauce

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  • Author: Nguyet Vo
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese


A traditional Vietnamese noodle bowl served with seared slices of beef seasoned with fragrant lemongrass.


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For the beef

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste (like sambal oelek)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons finely minced lemongrass, tender inner white bulb only
  • 1 pound top round roast (or london broil), sliced against the grain into 1/8-inch thick slices
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

For the garlic hoisin sauce

  • 1/2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water

For serving

  • Shredded carrots, lettuce, and cucumbers
  • Chopped cilantro leaves
  • Chopped mint leaves
  • Cooked Vietnamese rice vermicelli noodles (about 8 ounces)
  • Crushed peanuts


For the beef

  1. Marinate beef. In a medium bowl, stir together fish sauce, honey, chili paste, garlic and lemongrass. Add sliced beef and massage seasoning into beef. Let sit for 15 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Sear beef. Heat the oil in a wok over high heat. When oil is nearly smoking, add beef and quickly stir-fry until beef is lightly browned and just cooked through, about 2 minutes. Work in batches if necessary so meat browns and doesn’t steam.

For the garlic hoisin sauce

  1. Cook garlic. Place oil and garlic in a small saucepan. Heat oil over medium-low heat until garlic just starts to sizzle and is fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Stir. Add hoisin sauce and water; stir to combine. Cook sauce until it is warmed through.

For serving

  1. Make bowls. Place desired amount of noodles, fresh vegetables, cilantro, and mint in a bowl. Top with beef. Drizzle desired amount of garlic hoisin sauce on beef and sprinkle with crushed peanuts.


  • If you do not have a wok, you can use a cast iron skillet to sear the beef.
  • To save time, you can cook the noodles and make the sauce while the beef marinates.
  • If you prefer the traditional fish sauce based dipping sauce, you can make my recipe for nước chấm instead of making the Garlic Hoisin Sauce.
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