Bun Bo Xao, a traditional and effortless Vietnamese noodle salad, is elegantly simple to make. Carrot, cucumber, radishes, peanuts, and herbs accompany perfectly stir-fried beef and freshly cooked rice noodles for a meal that can be thrown together with little time to spare. 

The secret to this flavorful dish is fish sauce, which along with lime, sugar, garlic, and a little hot pepper gives the tender beef its delicate, delicious Umami flavor. 

Read David Tanis' full inspiration for Bun Bo Xao here, via the New York Times