Rice Vermicelli (Bun) – How to Cook Perfect Noodles

Rice noodles are the key ingredient in many Viet dishes.  They are often the foundation for stir-frys and soups as well as fillers for assorted rice paper rolls.  There seems to be endless types of rice noodles all with different names.  Like the Italians with their different pastas, many of the Viet dishes use a unique rice noodle such that using the wrong noodle would make that dish unrecognizable.  (Ok, I am exaggerating a bit.  But certainly, it would not go unnoticed!)  In future posts, I will go into more detail about the various noodles and the common uses for each….stay tuned!

The recipe below is for the Rice Vermicelli (bun) which is a very thin noodle similar to angel hair pasta.  The trick with these noodles is to boil very minimally and allow them to air-dry to get that nice, springy texture.

Watch the video below for instructions.


8 oz dry rice rice noodles
7 cups water


Fill a salad spinner using both the bowl and colander with warm water.  Soak noodles in water for 10 minutes and then drain.

Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil.  Boil the noodles for 2-3 minutes, stirring gently with your chopsticks.

Use the salad spinner to drain the noodles.  Rinse the noodles with cold water to stop the cooking process and then drain.  Give the noodles several rounds in the salad spinner to remove the excess water.

Spread the noodles on a large plate and allow to air dry for 15 minutes before serving.

Yields:  5 cups

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4 Responses to Rice Vermicelli (Bun) – How to Cook Perfect Noodles

  1. Anne Le February 8, 2015 at 6:15 am #

    Hi Trang,

    Can I do the same process with the big rice stick noodle (call “banh pho”). Anne

    • Trang February 8, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

      Hi Anne,

      Yes, soak the banh pho noodles the same way. You may have to soak a bit longer depending on the thickness but I basically soak until the noodles flop over when trying to stand a strand upright. Hope that helps!

  2. Moy June 1, 2013 at 8:25 am #

    What is the brand of the rice noodles? I always buy the wrong thing. Please advise.

    • Trang June 1, 2013 at 10:11 am #

      Hi Moy,

      The brand is called ‘Egret’ and has the picture of this bird on the packaging. Good luck!

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