Vietnamese Pork-and-Noodle Soup

  • Active Time 10m
  • Total Time 20m
  • Rating ****

Serves 4

In many Asian cultures, long noodles symbolize long life. And in the spirit of that tradition, we've left the pasta whole here, to be eaten with chopsticks or even a fork. Of course, if you're feeling reckless, you can go ahead and break the noodles into smaller pieces before cooking them.


  • 1/4 pound linguine
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 pork tenderloin (about 3/4 pound), cut into 1 1/2 x 1/2 x 1/2-inch strips
  • 6 scallions including green tops, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Asian fish sauce (nam pla or nuoc mam)*
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 quart canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
  • 1/4 pound bean sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (from about 1 lime), plus lime wedges for serving
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded and cut crosswise into thin slices
  • 1 cup lightly packed mint, basil or cilantro leaves, or a combination
  • *Available at Asian markets and most supermarkets


In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the linguine until just done, about 12 minutes. Drain the pasta. Rinse with cold water and drain thoroughly.

Meanwhile, in another large pot, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the pork, scallions and ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, fish sauce, salt, water and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the pork is just done, about 10 minutes. Stir the cooked linguine, bean sprouts and lime juice into the soup. Ladle into bowls, top each serving with some of the cucumber and herbs, and serve with the lime wedges.

Tip: WINE RECOMMENDATION: More and more Asian fusion chefs are discovering how well riesling complements their food. Try a Mosel kabinett here to see how its sweetness balances the soup's salty flavors while the bright citrus flavors in both shine through.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.

RecID 2874

nutrition information per serving

311 calories; 9g total fat; 55mg cholesterol; 1844mg sodium; 28g carbohydrates; 4g fiber; 31g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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