Recipe: Nui Xào Bò (Vietnamese Macaroni)

Yes, another TikTok recipe but from a legit Vietnamese family so let’s not make fun. This was incredibly easy to make and SO good. The sauce is so nice and savory and OMG, did you know this trick? I’ve been cooking my pasta all wrong all my life. This recipe told me to boil up the water, add the pasta in and boil it on high for about 2 minutes and then shut off the heat and let the macaroni sit in the pot for about 12 minutes and it will cook perfectly. I placed the lid back onto the pot slightly ajar. Am I the only one who has “cooked” the pasta…like stand there and keep stirring and keep trying to make sure the water doesn’t boil over? Ridic! Anyway, I’m using this trick for all pasta now. I think spaghetti noodles can do with maybe 10-11 minutes of sitting. Ugh, so much easier.

Nui Xào Bò (Vietnamese Macaroni)

1 lb of Macaroni (16 oz – 1 box)
2 T Oil
2 T butter (separated into 1 T pats)
1 T chicken bouillon (3 small cubes for me)
1 lb of meat, sliced thin (shabu shabu type) or ground beef
1 C green onions (cut into 2 inch strips)

⅓ C Sugar
¼ C Oyster Sauce
¼ C Soy Sauce
½ C Dark Soy Sauce
Stir sauce ingredients and microwave in a microwave safe dish for one minute. Set aside.

Mix chicken bouillon with meat and set aside. 

Cook macaroni according to package instructions. I boiled my macaroni for 2 minutes on high heat, shut off the heat, placed the lid (slightly ajar) on the pot and let the macaroni continue to cook in the residual heat for 12 minutes. Drain, set aside.

Heat a pan with 2 T of oil. Add cooked macaroni, 7 T of the sauce and 1 T of butter, mix. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Heat pan with remaining 1 T butter, add meat and 1 C of green onions and cook for 2 minutes (or until meat is cooked through). Add macaroni and mix well, add more sauce if desired.

The sauce ingredients make a LOT. I think it could be enough for 3 recipes

12 responses to “Recipe: Nui Xào Bò (Vietnamese Macaroni)

  1. vickinags

    hmmmm, sounds interesting and easy.

  2. kat

    ooh gonna try the pasta cooking method, hopefully soon!

  3. Arlene

    It’s so amazing what you can learn when people share their clever ideas. That looks like it would be good on top of some rice! No, I don’t think it would be too much carbs, haha.

    • Jenny

      I agree! It’s the little tips and tricks that draw me in, especially when it works! I support you in your double carb idea, fully.


    I thought they were worms when I opened your page. LOL Good to know about how to cook pasta. I thought I should boil the heck outta them for 12 minutes. -N

    • Jenny

      Hahaha I know! I only had tri colored pasta so it came out looking all weird. Try the pasta method and let me know!

  5. Ooooh. Sounds good! And great tip about macaroni cooking! I learned one about spaghetti noodles but haven’t tried it yet.

    So do you think I could make the sauce and just use some and save the rest in a jar for another time?

    • Jenny

      Hi Aunty! Yes! I just put the remaining sauce in a jar and threw it in my fridge! What is the spaghetti trick you learned? 🙂

  6. Thanks for the info Jenny!

    The spaghetti trick is to put the whole package of spaghetti in a gallon size ziplock bag and put water in the bag – enough water to get the noodles all soft. Then, keep it closed and in refrigerator. When you are ready to make spaghetti, bring about 2 cups of water to a boil, toss the amount of spaghetti in the pot and cook like you would instant ramen. I haven’t tried it yet and was planning to do a post on it IF it works. And I will definitely do a post on the origami musubi that you showed us. SO easy and ono!

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