Today, we come to sing the praises of Bon Me's Noodle Salads and Rice Bowls. We've already told you about their Classic Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches, but over the months, we have really become fans of their mix-it-up combos of noodle salads and rice bowls.
What do you order when you find the Bon Me Truck?
Ed's current favorite is the rice bowl. He opts for brown rice over white, and adds spice-rubbed, all-natural chicken. Bon Me's standard additions to this meal are pickled carrot and diakon, seasonal greens, bean sprouts, cilantro, scallion, and a soy drizzle. This is a healthy and delicious quick meal and a great value at $6.
Each bowl is prepared fresh for each customer, so speak up if you'd rather not have any ingredient or would like them to add a dash more of something.
Penny prefers the noodle salads. This one has barbequed pork with buckwheat soba noodle, but she'll opt for rice noodles most of the time. You can also have this with the chicken, or an organic tofu and shiitake mushroom topping.
The normal add-ins are seasonal greens, bean sprouts, cilantro, carrot, diakon, and red onion. You can choose a Vietnamese vinaigrette seasoned with fish sauce or the vegetarian dressing du jour.
And, after your healthy salad (or tucked away for a snack a little later), consider adding a bowl of chocolate rice pudding to your Bon Me order. It's lighter than you might think, yet has that wonderful flavor of a great chocolate dessert.
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Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
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