Fresh and delicious Vegan Banh Mi Noodle Bowl (aka Bun Chay) with Sriracha Tofu (or chicken or shrimp!), rice noodles, pickled carrots and radishes, crunchy cucumber, cabbage and a creamy vegan Banh Mi dressing! 

Fllavorful healthy Banh Mi Noodle Bowl (aka Bun Chay) bursts with Vietnamese flavors! Packed FULL of healthy veggies, sriracha tofu, rice noodles & herbs! #banhmi #healthybowl #noodlebowl #bunchay #vegan #veganbowl #banhmibowl #noodles

So long as the inner life is enslaved to external conditions, it will remain in a precarious condition. ~Sadhguru~

Hello friends. Here’s a Vietnamese-style bowl, called Bun Chay, very loosely inspired by one of the best things we ate while in Vietnam. Banh Mi! We actually tracked down the very banh mi stand featured on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, in the town of Hoi An, and ended up eating there every day.

Truly one of the best food experiences I’ve had.  I remember, it was so hot and humid there, and we were so sweaty, and the sandwiches were so incredibly hot and spicy, yet we just couldn’t stop eating them -they had so much depth and flavor. The most delicious torture!

I got a hankering for one yesterday and decided to make a vegan version, in a bowl with noodles instead of bread . So here you have it. This vegan Banh Mi Noodle Bowl features noodles instead of bread, spicy sriracha tofu, rice noodles, pickled carrots and radishes, shredded cabbage, crunchy cucumber, fresh mint and jalapeño slices.

Fllavorful healthy Banh Mi Noodle Bowl (aka Bun Chay) bursts with Vietnamese flavors! Packed FULL of healthy veggies, sriracha tofu, rice noodles & herbs! #banhmi #healthybowl #noodlebowl #bunchay #vegan #veganbowl #banhmibowl #noodles

The spicy creamy banh mi dressing is made with vegan mayo and sriracha hot sauce.

Fresh and delicious Vegan Bahn Mi Noodle Bowls with Sriracha Tofu, rice noodles, pickled carrots and radishes, crunchy cucumber and cabbage and a creamy vegan spicy Bahn Mi dressing! #bahnmi #healthybowl #noodlebowl #vegan #veganbowl #bahnmibowl #noodles

The first thing I do is pour boiling water over the rice noodles. Then I don’t have to really think about them. Just drain and rinse.

Fresh and delicious Vegan Bahn Mi Noodle Bowls with Sriracha Tofu, rice noodles, pickled carrots and radishes, crunchy cucumber and cabbage and a creamy vegan spicy Bahn Mi dressing! #bahnmi #healthybowl #noodlebowl #vegan #veganbowl #bahnmibowl #noodles

At the same time, I make quick carrot and radish pickles. These are essential and make the bowl!

These are watermelon radishes, but regular radishes and daikon, both work well too! A good Banh Mi, always has something pickled. Remember that. 🙂

So I just heat this up on the stove for a couple of minutes in a mix of vinegar water, salt and sugar, then place them in a bowl in the freezer, to chill them fast.

Fresh and delicious Vegan Bahn Mi Noodle Bowls with Sriracha Tofu, rice noodles, pickled carrots and radishes, crunchy cucumber and cabbage and a creamy vegan spicy Bahn Mi dressing! #bahnmi #healthybowl #noodlebowl #vegan #veganbowl #bahnmibowl #noodles

Today I’m trying out this Sriracha tofu. But regular plain tofu will do and I show you how to spice it up.  Then it’s just a matter of slicing up the veggies, and making the dressing. Super easy!

Make the dressing- you can also use This Peanut Sauce if you prefer.

Assemble the Banh Mi Noodle Bowls. Divide everything among two bowls and sprinkle with fresh torn mint leaves, thinly sliced jalapeño and be sure to serve with a lime wedge! A nasturtium is a nice touch. 😉

Fllavorful healthy Banh Mi Noodle Bowl (aka Bun Chay) bursts with Vietnamese flavors! Packed FULL of healthy veggies, sriracha tofu, rice noodles & herbs! #banhmi #healthybowl #noodlebowl #bunchay #vegan #veganbowl #banhmibowl #noodles

Colorful and full of healthy crunchy veggies the flavors really satisfy! Pour the dressing over top and start mixing. The more you mix, the better it will taste!

Fllavorful healthy Banh Mi Noodle Bowl (aka Bun Chay) bursts with Vietnamese flavors! Packed FULL of healthy veggies, sriracha tofu, rice noodles & herbs! #banhmi #healthybowl #noodlebowl #bunchay #vegan #veganbowl #banhmibowl #noodles

I hope you enjoy these fresh, flavorful Banh Mi Noodle Bowls!

Happy week,

Sylvia

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vegan bahn mi noodle bowl

Banh Mi Noodle Bowl (aka Bun Chay)

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Vegan, Bowl, Main, Gluten-free
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Flavorful healthy Banh Mi Noodle Bowl (aka Bun Chay) bursts with Vietnamese flavors! Packed FULL of healthy veggies, sriracha tofu, rice noodles & herbs with a tasty Sriracha Dressing.


Ingredients

Scale

Quick pickled veggies:

  • ⅓ cup rice wine vinegar
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots (or grated)
  • ½ cup sliced radishes (or try daikon or watermelon radish-like in the photos)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (or alternative equivalent, honey, maple, coconut sugar)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Creamy Sriracha Dressing: ( or make Peanut Sauce

Bowl ingredients

  • 6 ounces tofu, patted dry, cut into ½ inch cubes  ( or chicken, see notes)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced cucumber
  • 1 cup thinly sliced cabbage
  • ½ a red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh torn mint leaves
  • ½ a jalapeno, very thinly sliced
  • lime wedges
  • optional additions- sprouts, avocado, daikon, grated beet, cilantro,

Instructions

  1. Cook the Noodles: Pour boiling water over rice noodles and let sit 5-6 minutes, or until softened, drain, rinse and set aside. (I use a shallow baking dish for this)
  2. Make the Pickles (don’t skip!) At the same time heat ⅓ cup water and 1/3 cup vinegar on the stove in a small pot, add sugar, salt,  radishes, and carrots and bring to a simmer, and toss to coat well. Turn heat off.  Place them in a bowl and chill ( I’ll put this in the fridge or freezer for few minutes)- these can be made ahead.
  3. Make the Creamy Sriracha Dressing: place ingredients in a small bowl and whisk.
  4. Make the Crispy Tofu: Heat oil in a skillet, and season the oil with salt and pepper. Add the tofu and sear over medium heat until all sides are crispy. Stir in a little sriracha for heat at the end.
  5. Prep your veggies. Slice the cucumber, bell pepper and cabbage (using a mandolin is nice, or just very thinly slice).
  6. Assemble the Bowls: divide the noodles and arrange all the veggies around it. Grab the chilling pickled veggies and divide. Add the tofu to the bowls and Spoon the flavorful dressing overtop.
  7. Garnish the bowls with fresh mint, jalapeño slices and lime wedges.

Notes

You could use leftover rotisserie chicken in this, or quickly sauté cubed chicken or shrimp, seasoned with salt and pepper until golden and cooked through, then toss with a little sriacha.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 Bowls
  • Calories: 403
  • Sugar: 13.6 g
  • Sodium: 1030.9 mg
  • Fat: 21.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 45.5 g
  • Fiber: 4.7 g
  • Protein: 11.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 9.2 mg

Keywords: healthy bowl, bahn mi recipe, bahn mi bowl, vegan bahn mi, bahn mi noodle bowl, vegan buddha bowl

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Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. Sylvia, this recipe was oh so delicious!!! I loved the creamy dressing, the kick of spicy over slightly tart and creamy was just decadent!! This banh mi bowl was just phenomenal!!! I made another one of your dressings for a the miso mushroom bowl and was also in love!! Your recipes are amazing!! You have such a great palate! Please keep the (vegan, healthy, and plant-based) recipes coming, we’re loving them! Your recipes are positively gourmet and beyond, thanks again for sharing!!

  2. Mine wasn’t as pretty as yours but it was delicious. I was a bit afraid it would have too much heat for me, but it didn’t.

    1. Yes absolutely- just don’t forget to use them, Andrea! I did that once and forgot them in the fridge and kept wondering why the bowls didn’t taste as good. 😂

  3. I have made this many times and it is ALWAYS a hit. Quick question though, if you have leftover pickled veggies how long can they last in the fridge? Just in case I want to increase the pickled veggies to use in other dishes.

    1. Hi Hannah, I’m so happy you enjoyed this! The pickled veggies should be fine 10-14 days. If you would like to extend them a bit, just increase the vinegar.

  4. This was SO GOOD. I can’t believe how well it came out first try. I used brown rice instead of rice noodles, and didn’t have the full array of vegetables, but it was still delicious.

  5. This was delicious! We added avocado and sesame seeds. Great balance of flavors!

  6. I made this today for lunch. I didn’t have tofu on hand so I poached some chicken in water with fresh ginger, onion and salt. Don’t skip the mint, it’s magic, I also added cilantro. The Sriracha dressing is perfect. This bowl was delicious, my husband said “I could eat this every day.” So could I. Thank you Sylvia! I’m so happy I discovered your blog.

  7. Please consider doing print on demand books of all your recipes. I’d buy them all!!!!
    You are a life saver, literally!

    Gabrielle Shannon

  8. This bowl was so flavorful and beautiful. My picky 12 year old son loved it so much he ate the whole bowl. Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe, will definitely make it again.

  9. Wow, I made this tonight and it was absolutely incredible! My dish wasn’t as pretty as Sylvia’s (they never are!), but the flavor and freshness made up for that! I agree the pickled veggies are important, but (please!) be sure to include the fresh mint, this is crucial and think that’s what put this dish over the top for me! Very impressed with this healthy dish and will be making it again!

  10. Delicious! I’ll definitely make this again. I also added a hard boiled egg to each dish for some extra protein. Yum!

  11. Absolutely incredible – I was a little nervous starting because I’d never made a dish like this before, but it blew me away! It was absolutely perfect, I used some extra green onions and avocado I had, plus some plain baked tofu, and it came together like a dream. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  12. Overall dressing not very balanced, too strong mayo flavour even after adding extra sirracha, soy sauce and sugar. Looks great in the photo but taste is bland, even with the dressing. Wouldn’t recommend. Instructions at some points weren’t overly clear either.

    1. Sorry about that. I updated the recipe to make it more clear, which it needed. Quick question on the dressing- what kind of Mayo did you use?

  13. This looks awesome. One question, do you chill the Carrots and radishes in the liquid or drain and chill?
    Thanks . Cant wait to make this!!

  14. Tried this and it is delicious. I believe I could make this for my family and they wouldn’t care that it was vegan.

    1. Another wonderful recipe! At first it wasn’t quite up to Sylivia’s excellent level until I remembered the pickled veggies I put in the freezer. Then… oh amazing! Everyone is right, the mint takes it over the top! The left overs make great spring rolls. I think a peanut sauce would be wonderful on this as well.

  15. This was great! Made it with chicken. Even the husband who had his doubt ended up grabbing the leftovers for lunch.

  16. This was lovely! Topped with lots of cilantro and mint, and the crushed peanuts another reviewer suggested the mint was that extra special touch. The contrasting flavors and textures and heat and coolness were all perfect. So light and delicious on a warm night. And super easy and fast to make.

  17. Sylvia this dish was DELICIOUS!! I’ve never left a comment before, but I have made many of your dishes and they are wonderful. I love that the recipes are typically for 2 people, and I love the international focus of your food. Also – the quotes are wonderful. Keep inspiring us!

    1. Thanks so much Lauren! Glad you liked it and yes, I’m starting to make smaller recipes.

  18. I totally love food with all those colors. Looks delicious. I’d make some if I could get some Sriracha.

  19. You make me want to go to Vietnam! This sounds so so yummy. I love a good Bahn mi. We made a Bahn mi burger, we liked the flavor so much!

  20. You forgot an important ingredient that brings that fish completely together. Crushed plain roasted peanuts. That is an essential finish.