Recipe: Cao Lầu – Hoi An Style Noodle with Pork and Greens

Cao Lau- Hoi An Style Noodle with Pork and Greens

By Helen Le Published: July 16, 2013

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 50 mins
  • Ready In: 2 hrs 10 mins

  • Yield: 4-6 Servings

A traditional Hoi An Style soba with pork and greens

  • Mix all ingredients for the char siu marinade together and combine with the pork. Massage the marinade on all sides of the pork, cover and let marinate for at least 30 minutes, preferably 2-3 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
  • To make the pork broth, fill the pot with the pork bones and enough water to cover the bones. Cook over medium high heat for 5-10 minutes until the impurities rise to the top. Then dump out the whole pot, wipe the pot clean, fill with 3 liters water and add one peeled onion and some salt. Cook on medium low, uncovered for 1 hour.
  • After marinating, scrape the garlic off the pork and save the marinade. In a large wok or a pan, add 1-inch vegetable oi and sear the pork both sides on medium high heat. Searing with a generous amount of oil helps prevent the pork skin from splashing. After searing, extract the oil (and burnt garlic if any) and discard. Keep the pork in the same wok, add the marinade and 4 tbsp of the pork broth. Simmer on low heat for 30-45 minutes until the pork is cooked through. Occasionally flip the pork so it is well coated with the sauce. You can also cover to shorten the cooking time. When cooked, transfer the pork to a plate and let cool. Then slice thinly
  • Combine the sauce with the pork broth and season to taste with salt, sugar/stock powder. You want to season it a bit saltier than a soup.
  • Rinse the greens and drain well.
  • To assemble the dish, fill a serving bowl half-full with fresh greens. Place the noodles on top of the greens. Top up with sliced char siu pork, and ladle over 1.5 ladles of the broth. Garnish with crackers, lime wedge, sweet chili sauce. Stir well before serving.

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4 comments on “Recipe: Cao Lầu – Hoi An Style Noodle with Pork and Greens

Markus Weinreich

Helen, could you give the vietnamese names for the ingredients (especially the greens) also, because at the vietnamese shop they don’t speak english.

I made it and absolutely love it, so happy it turned out well, followed your recipe carefully, loving this website and your Youtube channel, can’t wait to try my new Vietnamese dish, been to Vietnam a few years ago and enjoyed it, so much great food there. I’m living in China and so finding ingredients is not as difficult as in western countries. Keep up the great work, Helen!

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