Despite the scorching heat, we love Kaimuki. We are just blocks away from tons of great restaurants, coffee shops, yoga studios, and boutiques! One of our new favorite places to eat is a little Vietnamese restaurant called Saigon. The cold noodle bowl blew my mind. So naturally, I recreated it at home. Or at least something close to it. The bowl at Saigon had baked bbq tofu (amazing), the traditional sweet chili dressing, and peanuts on top. I used plain fried tofu and I didn't have any peanuts so I made a peanut dressing instead!
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1" piece of ginger
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 tsp chili flakes
- shredded cabbage and lettuce
- vermicelli noodles, cooked or soaked according to the package
- shredded or noodled carrots
- tofu cut into strips
- cilantro or Thai basil
- mung bean sprouts
The amounts of these ingredients all depends on your personal preference. More lettuce and cabbage makes for more of a salad but more noodles makes more of a meal. Be creative! I constructed my bowl as follows:
lettuce and cabbage on the bottom layer
then the vermicelli noodles
noodled carrots, tofu, and herbs...
bean sprouts and peanut dressing!
Perfect for a hot Hawaiian summer day. Or any day :)