This week on Two Souls One Spoon we are reliving our experience in Vietnam, cooking a traditional pork noodle dish from Hoi An – Cau Lau.

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Cau Lau – Pork Noodles

serves 4

Country: Vietnam


800g Udon noodles

800g Pork loin

80g bean sprouts

10g pork crackle

100g watercress/ lambs lettuce

30g fresh herbs (mint/thai basil)

1 red chilli sliced

4 spring onions sliced

salt and pepper to taste

Glug of vegetable oil

4 slices of lime

For the marinade

2 Tbsp fresh turmeric chopped

2 Tbsp fresh garlic chopped

5 Tbsp regular soy sauce

2 Tbsp five spice powder

3 Tbsp honey

5 Lemongrass finely chopped

2 fresh chillis chopped


  1. To make the marinade crush the lemongrass, turmeric, garlic, chillis in a large pestle and mortar or blitz in a food processor.
  2. Then add in the soy sauce, honey and 5 spice powder and combine.
  3. Slice the pork into 3 large chunks and cover in the marinade before refrigerating for at least 1 hour.
  4. Once the pork has marinated, remove from fridge and heat a plug of vegetable oil in a large pan or wok.
  5. After a few minutes add the chunks of pork fat side down and until browned. Then flip the pork and cook on the other side for a further 2-3 minutes.
  6. Then add the remainder of the marinade, then top with water until the pork is covered.
  7. Bring to the boil and cook for 45 minutes until the pork is tender.
  8. For the noodles, boil a large saucepan of water and add the udon noodles and cook to instructed time. When one minute is left, add the bean sprouts.
  9. Drain the noodles and place in a bowl.
  10. Remove the pork from the pan and slice thinly before placing on top of the noodles.
  11. Strain the sauce and pour over the top of the pork and noodles.
  12. Then add the salad, spring onions, slices of red chill, lime, fresh herbs and pork crackle.
  13. Serve and enjoy.

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