Lemongrass-Barbecued Pork with Rice-Vermicelli Salad
Mai My Lin, one of the chefs Marcia Kiesel met at the Nha Trang night market, prepares an aromatic and pungent marinade for grilled pork with two quintessential Vietnamese ingredients--lemongrass and fish sauce. The real surprise here is Mai's zesty Carrot and Daikon Pickles, which are amazing with the smoky grilled meat.
Vermicelli with Chicken Skewers and Nuoc Cham
In this version of a Vietnamese dish, individual piles of cucumber, fresh herbs, and grilled chicken are arranged on a platter of vermicelli and bean sprouts. Tangy nuoc cham sauce is poured over all. As each diner takes a portion, the components intermingle.
Chickpea and Romaine Soup with Golden Vermicelli
In Spain, this soup would be made with fideos, a type of thin pasta. We've used vermicelli instead, but the complex taste of the golden broth, rich with paprika and turmeric, makes the soup's Spanish origins apparent nonetheless.
Spicy Fish Sauce Chicken Wings with Vermicelli Salad
These wings are sauced with a vinaigrette made from fish sauce and coconut water and served on top of a refreshing noodle salad that's packed with herbs.
Chicken Vermicelli Soup
Chef Kuniko Yagi of Los Angeles's Hinoki & the Bird makes a killer broth here--it's so good, you can eat it by itself.
Shrimp Fra Diavolo with Vermicelli
The thin strands of pasta soak up this spicy tomato sauce to form a flavorful mound punctuated with shrimp.