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  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup loosely packed chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (12 ounce) package rice vermicelli
  • 2 carrots, julienned
  • 1 cucumber, halved lengthwise and chopped
  • 1/4 cup coarsley chopped fresh mint
  • 4 leaves napa cabbage
  • 1/4 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 4 sprigs fresh mint


  1. Mince the garlic with the cilantro and the hot pepper. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, add the lime juice, fish sauce or salt and sugar; stir well. Let the sauce sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the rice noodles; boil them for 2 minutes. Drain well. Rinse the noodles with cold water until they have cooled. Let them drain again.
  3. Combine the sauce, noodles, carrots, cucumber, mint and Napa cabbage in a large serving bowl. Toss well and serve the salad garnished with the peanuts and mint sprigs.