pork belly rice noodle soup recipe

Pork Belly Rice Noodle Soup Recipe (Kuay Jab)

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A hearty noodle soup recipe that is packed with ingredients and uses rice noodle flakes and crispy pork belly as its primary ingredients. The soup broth is really rich in flavour, and compliments the pork well.

The pork belly we have used in this recipe is also really tasty served just on its own with some rice, so you can make as much as you want as use the leftovers as a tasty meal later on. The recipe is actually very straightforward to prepare and cook despite the high number of ingredients, so this is something that everyone should be able to make regardless of experience in the kitchen.

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crispy pork belly ingredients list

kuay jab rice noodle soup ingredients list

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For the pork belly:

  • 450g pork belly
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1/8 cup white vinegar

For the rice noodle soup

  • Rice noodle flakes
  • 1 cup beansprouts
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 cup fried tofu
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 100g sliced pork
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp five spice powder
  • 3 cloves garlic (lightly crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon dried peppercorn
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon coriander stalks
  • spring onion for garnishing
  • coriander for garnishing
  • fried garlic oil for garnishing

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Step 1: First we need to make the crispy pork belly. Start by laying out the pork belly in a dish, and piercing the fatty side with a sharp knife. Then mix 1/8 cup white vinegar with 1/4 cup of fish sauce and then spoon the sauce over the pork belly, making sure that all of the pork is covered by sauce. Once that is done, let the pork soak in the sauce for about 5 minutes.

soaking the pork belly

Step 2: Now lay the pork out on a baking tray with the fatty side facing up, and evenly sprinkle over 1 tbsp of salt. Then bake in the oven for 40 minutes at 220 degrees until the pork is cooked and crispy. Slice the pork up and set it aside for use later.

baking the crispy pork belly

Step 3: Next soak a couple of handful of rice noodle flakes in a bowl of water whilst we prepare the soup broth.

soak the rice noodle flakes

Step 4: To make the soup broth, add 1 teaspoon of coriander stalks, 3 cloves of lightly crushed garlic, 1 teaspoon of dried peppercorn and 4 cups of water to a pot, and bring to the boil. Then add 1/2 tbsp of five spice powder, 3 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 tbsp of dark soy sauce, 4 tbsp of sugar, 1 tbsp of vegetable oil, give everything a stir, and add 1 cup of fried tofu and 2 hard boiled eggs. Give everything a stir, cover the pot with a lid and let the soup simmer on a medium heat for about 15 minutes.

adding tofu to the soup broth

Step 5: Now remove the lid and add 100g of sliced pork, stir, and let the pork cook whilst we prepare the noodles.

Step 6: Bring a saucepan of water to the boil, then add a couple of handful of rice noodles or as many as you want. They will only take about 3 minutes to cook, you will know they are ready when they curl up and turn white. Once they are done spoon them into a bowl.

cooking the rice noodle flakes

Step 7: Finally sprinkle some beansprouts on to the noodles, along with some of the crispy pork belly we made earlier, the pork we cooked in the soup broth. the fried tofu, one of the hard boiled eggs cut in half, and as much of the soup broth as you want. Garnish with spring onion, coriander, fried garlic oil, and anything else you like, then serve and enjoy!

pouring over the soup broth

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We hope you enjoyed this pork and rice noodle soup recipe, this is one of our favourite noodle soups! What is yours? Let us know in the comments below!

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