Pork with rice noodles

If you're looking for something quick and easy for a mid-week family meal, look no further than our pork with rice noodles. Adjust the chilli for heat, and it can be on the table in under half an hour.

  • 20 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Pork with rice noodles
  • 200 gram (6½ ounces) rice stick noodles
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 600 gram (1¼ pounds) minced pork
  • 10 centimetre (4-inch) stalk fresh lemongrass (20g), chopped finely
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoon sambal oelek
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 3 green onions (scallions), sliced thinly
  • 1 fresh long red chilli
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves
  • 1 lime (90g), cut into cheeks


Pork with rice noodles
  • 1
    Cook noodles in a medium saucepan of boiling water until tender; drain.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, heat oil in a large frying pan over high heat; cook pork, stirring, until browned. Add lemon grass, garlic and sambal oelek; cook stirring, 1 minute or until fragrant. Add juice, sugar and fish sauce; cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in green onion.
  • 3
    Serve pork mixture on noodles topped with chilli and coriander; accompany with lime cheeks.


Rice stick noodles, are sometimes sold as pad thai noodles and are available from the Asian food section in supermarkets. Sambal oelek is a hot chilli paste, available from major supermarkets and Asian food stores. You can use 1 small seeded, finely chopped red chilli or ½ teaspoon chilli flakes instead. When seasoning South East Asian recipes, such as this one, adjust the sweet (brown sugar), sour (lime juice) and salty (fish sauce) ingredients to create a balanced taste.

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