Vermicelli Noodle Bowls

vegan vermicelli noodle bowl with tofu, carrot, and cucumber on white marble background

5 from 4 reviews

These Vermicelli Noodle Bowls are veggie-packed, popping with color, and come together in under 30 mins. The perfect light, yet filling lunch or dinner for those warm-weather days. Vegan & Gluten-Free.



For the Dressing:

For the Bowls:

  • 1 batch Sweet Chili Tofu*
  • 4 ounces (110 g) vermicelli noodles*
  • 1/4 head leafy green lettuce, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely shredded or grated
  • 2 Persian Cucumbers, thinly sliced (or 1/2 English)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup (100g) bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs: cilantro, mint, thai basil, and/or Vietnamese perilla (tía tô)
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) dry roasted peanuts


  1. Make the Dressing: add the vinegar, lime juice, soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, and garlic to a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake well to combine. If the dressing is thicker than you’d like, add 1-2 tablespoons of water to thin. Set aside.
  2. Soak the Noodles: bring 3 cups of water to a boil in an electric kettle or pot. Place the vermicelli noodles in a wide-bottom bowl, then carefully pour the water over them. Let soak for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the noodles are tender. Drain and set aside.
  3. Assemble: place the noodles and lettuce in the bottom of each serving bowl, then top with Sweet Chili Tofu, carrot, cucumber, bell pepper, bean sprouts, fresh herbs, and peanuts.
  4. Serve: Drizzle each bowl with dressing, then serve as desired. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.


  • Soy Sauce: this recipe can be made with soy sauce, tamari, liquid aminos, or vegetarian fish sauce. Vg fish sauce is very salty, so you’ll only need 1 tablespoon; you can find it in asian markets or online.
  • Tofu: if you prefer, you can also make this Crispy Tofu or this 5-Spice Tofu instead! Or, just go with a store-bought flavored variety.
  • Vermicelli Noodles: vermicelli noodles are very thin rice noodles, similar to angel hair vs. regular pasta. Because they are so thin, you do not need to cook them on the stovetop – only soak in water! These noodles are sometimes difficult to find in the grocery store, so I buy them from my local asian market. You can also purchase them online. If you do not have access to these, you can use Pad-Thai-style noodles; just follow the package instructions.

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