Beef and Jicama Noodle Bowl

Bún Bì Bò

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Preparation info

  • Serves

    5-6

    as part of a Shared Meal
    • Difficulty

      Medium

Appears in

The Songs of Sapa

By Luke Nguyen

Published 2009

  • About

I ARRIVE AT AUNTY NINE’S HOME IN DISTRICT THREE. ‘WHAT SPECIALITY DO YOU FEEL LIKE EATING TODAY LUKE?’ SHE ASKS. BUN BI BO,’ I REPLY. ‘THAT’S NOT A SPECIALITY,’ SHE SAYS, ‘THAT’S STREET FOOD – TOO SIMPLE, WHAT ELSE?’ BUT FOR ME, IT’S THE SIMPLE DISHES THAT I CRAVE THE MOST.

THIS RECIPE USES JICAMA, PRONOUNCED HEE-KAM-MAH, WHICH IS A ROOT VEGETABLE, QUITE STRANGE LOOKING, WITH CRISP WHITE FLESH AND A DUSTY BROWN SKIN. UNLIKE ITS RELATIVE THE POTATO, IT CAN BE EATEN RAW. JICAMA