This is one of our favourite meals. I think Ken and myself could eat this at least once a week either homemade or from our favourite restaurant. It is Vietnamese and is pronounced boon not bun. It is full of flavour on it’s own but with the addition of hoisin sauce and sriracha it is a flavour explosion. These two sauces are a staple in our refrigerator standing proudly beside the ketchup. I think Ken does a little over kill with the sriracha but he really likes it spicy. I first saw this recipe in Canadian Living and immediately had to try it. We have made it many time since then and have also subbed the pork for shrimp. Any well seasoned meat would go with this recipe. It is a great summer meal as you BBQ the meat and then have it with the nice cool salad. Enjoy!!


1/2 cup chopped shallots
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. each lime juice and fish sauce
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 pork tenderloin


3 Tbsp. lime juice
1 Tbsp. each sugar, boiling water and fish sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. minced hot red pepper
4 oz. rice vermicelli
1 cup shredded carrots
11/2 cup thinly sliced iceberg lettuce
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 chopped peanuts

Hoisin and Sriracha sauces

Mix the ingredients for the pork marinade and either in a bowl or Ziplock bag add the pork and marinate for 15min. Pour marinade into a small saucepan and set aside. Place tenderloin on a medium grill and BBQ for 15-20 min. until just slightly pink inside and still nice and juicy. As the tenderloin is grilling heat the sauce until boiling and reduce to syrupy about 4-5 min. Let the tenderloin rest for 5 min. before slicing.

Mix the lime juice, sugar, boiling water, fish sauce, garlic and red pepper together and set aside. Soak the vermicelli in boiling water for 5 min. Drain and rinse under cold water. Squeeze well to get out the water. Toss with the dressing. Divide between three bowls. Divide the carrots, lettuce, cilantro and peanuts among the bowls leaving them in little mounds. Divide the sliced pork and top the pork with the reduced sauce. Top with hoisin and sriracha sauces.

Adapted from a Canadian Living Magazine recipe.

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