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a bowl of bun mang vit (Vietnamese Duck Vermicelli Noodle Soup)
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Bun Mang Vit (Vietnamese Duck Noodle Soup)

Bún Măng Vịt (Vietnamese Duck Vermicelli Noodle Soup) is one of the classics of Vietnamese cuisine. It is savory, flavorful, and delicious either with or without bamboo shoots.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Breakfast, Main Dish, Noodle and Soup
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: authentic, traditional
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 426kcal
Author: Sophie

Ingredients

For the Duck

  • 2 duck legs
  • 4 1/2 cups water (plus more for blanching)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger

For the Bamboo Shoots (if using)

  • 4-5 oz soaked dried bamboo shoots (see Notes for more details)
  • olive oil
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce (to taste)
  • black pepper

For the Ginger Dipping Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon crushed or finely minced ginger
  • 1-1 1/2 teaspoons crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon water

To Serve

  • vermicelli noodles (2 servings)
  • thinly sliced scallion
  • thinly sliced cilantro
  • thinly sliced Vietnamese coriander (or sawtooth leaves)

Instructions

  • Parboil duck legs in boiling water for a minute. Alternatively, rub duck legs with a lot of salt, crushed ginger and a little of rice wine (or sake, white wine) to remove gamy odors, then rinse.
  • Add 4½ cups of water to a clean pot, then add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, ginger and duck legs. Let it come to a boil and then lower to a gentle simmer. Skim off any foam. Simmer gently for about 30 minutes with the lid slightly askew.
  • While cooking the duck legs, prepare the bamboo shoots (if using). Boil them in a lot of boiling water for 25-30 minutes to remove strong smell and taste. Then discard the liquid and rinse the bamboo shoots. Tear them into strips.
  • After 30 minutes of simmering, remove duck legs from the broth. Separate the bones from the meat and add the bones back to the broth, continue to simmer for another 20-30 minutes or until flavor is strong to your liking. Shred the meat.
  • Place a pan over medium heat. Add some olive oil and once the oil is hot, add shallots. Sauté until shallot is fragrant and starts to have some colors.
  • Add shredded bamboo shoots to the pan, give it a quick stir. Add fish sauce and stir and cook for several minutes. Sprinkle some black pepper on top. Transfer to a clean plate.
  • Add half (or all) of the sautéed bamboo shoots to the duck broth and simmer for 10 more minutes to let the flavors meld together. Skim off excess fat (but do leave some of the fat in broth for flavors). If too much water evaporates while simmering, add a little more water.
  • Prepare the dipping sauce by combining crushed ginger, garlic, fish sauce, rice vinegar and water in a small bowl. Adjust to your liking. You may even add a pinch of sugar if you want.
  • Place vermicelli noodles in serving bowls. Top with shredded duck meat, remaining sautéed bamboo shoots, thinly sliced fresh herbs and some black pepper. Ladle hot broth into serving bowls and serve immediately with the dipping sauce on the side.
  • When eating, add a small amount (more or less to taste) of dipping sauce to your bowl (or dip the shredded meat into the sauce). If you don't like the dipping sauce, you can just add plain fish sauce to season the broth to taste.

Notes

We use "soaked dried bamboo shoots" which are dried bamboo shoots that are packed in liquid. If you only have dried sheets of bamboo shoots, you will need to soak them in water for a few days (and change the water a few times) before boiling them.
We think this duck noodle soup is more delicious with dried bamboo shoots than with fresh ones. Fresh ones have a different taste and texture and they are more sour. It tastes okay with fresh bamboo shoots though, in my opinion. Some people do use them for this dish in Vietnam. 
In Step 7, you can add half or all of the sautéed bamboo shoots depending on your preference. The one that is simmered in the stock will be soft and juicy while the one that is sautéed only will have a slight chew and more flavors. 

Nutrition

Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 197mg | Sodium: 1753mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 4mg