Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Rice & Noodles)

Crab with Rice Noodles Recipe

(Cua Xao Bun Tau)

Ingredients : Serves 4

175 g

2 tablespoons


2 cloves

375 g

3 tablespoons

1 tablespoon




To serve :


1 sprig

1 sprig



Rice vermicelli


Shallots, finely chopped

Garlic, finely chopped

Crab meat

Hot water

Nuoc cham sauce





Fresh lettuce leaves

Fresh Coriander (cilantro) leaves

Fresh basil or dill leaves

Quail eggs, hard boiled

Spring onions, finely sliced


Method :
  • Cook the rice vermicelli according to packet instructions and set aside.

  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Fry the shallots for 1 minute.

  • Add the garlic and stir fry for another 35 seconds.

  • Add the crab meat. Stir for 2 minutes.

  • Add the water, nuoc cham sauce, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir well.

  • Arrange the lettuce leaves and fresh herbs on a serving plate.

  • Run the rice vermicelli under hot water to separate the strands, then drain.

  • Put the vermicelli in the centre of the leaves and cover with the crab mixture.

  • Arrange the quail eggs around the mound and sprinkle with spring onions.

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