Lemongrass lamb with vietnamese vermicelli salad

Fragrant lemongrass lamb with an exquisitely fresh Vietnamese vermicelli salad.

  • 45 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Lemon grass lamb with vietnamese vermicelli salad
  • 3 lamb backstraps (600g)
  • 10 centimetre stick fresh lemon grass (20g), chopped finely
  • 2 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 70 gram rice vermicelli noodles
  • 2 lebanese cucumbers (260g), seeded, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 pineapple (450g), chopped coarsely
  • 1 cup (80g) bean sprouts
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 carrot (180g), grated coarsely
  • 1 butter lettuce, trimmed, leaves separated
Chilli lime dressing
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) hot water
  • 2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 fresh small red thai chillies, chopped finely
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed


Lemon grass lamb with vietnamese vermicelli salad
  • 1
    Combine ingredients for chilli lime dressing in screw-top jar; shake well.
  • 2
    Combine lamb, lemon grass, sauce, sugar and oil in medium bowl.
  • 3
    Place noodles in medium heatproof bowl; cover with boiling water. Stand until just tender; drain. Rinse under cold water; drain.
  • 4
    Place noodles in large bowl with cucumber, pineapple, sprouts, herbs, carrot and 2 tablespoons of the dressing; toss gently to combine.
  • 5
    Cook lamb in heated oiled grill pan until cooked as desired. Cover; stand 5 minutes, slice thinly.
  • 6
    Top lettuce with salad; serve with lamb, drizzled with remaining dressing.


Great for the health-conscious as well as the gourmet, rice vermicelli (also known as bee hoon), is so versatile that it is used throughout South-East Asia in an abundance of dishes, presented hot or cold, dry or sauced, wrapped in rice paper or stirred into soups, tossed in a salad or a stir-fry. Made from rice flour, they're a suitable "noodle" for coeliacs; if you can't find vermicelli, you can use thin flat rice noodles instead.

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