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    3 hrs 20 mins

    3 hrs

    20 mins

    guppymo's Note:

    My parents are from Hue. Although growing up in Sai Gon, I am a big fan of this noodle soup. Cooking and eating bring me back memories of the old time

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    Serves: 6



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    1. 1
      Bring 2 1/2 quarts water to a boil; add ham hocks and lemongrass.
    2. 2
      Skim constantly for 10 minutes then cover the pan, reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2-2 hours.
    3. 3
      Strain the broth, reserving ham hocks if you desire them.
    4. 4
      Dilute the shrimp paste in 1/4 cup of cold water and set aside for 10 minutes.
    5. 5
      Add nuoc mam, shrimp paste solution, sugar, salt and pepper,sirloin, and pork loin to the broth and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until meat is cooked and tender; remove meat.
    6. 6
      Thinly slice meats into small pieces.
    7. 7
      To serve, place a portion of noodles in serving bowl,top with some bean sprouts,pork, beef, and some ham hock (if using),and ladle the broth over; add herbs,chili sauce,chilies, and lime juice to taste.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 07, 2014


      A good soup, and a meal in itself. I used smoked turkey necks instead of ham hocks, and instead of adding pork I doubled the amount of beef sirloin. I used half the amount of noodles, and this still made way more than four servings... but I like having leftovers anyway. The fresh herbs and sprouts really are what this soup is all about- it's not nearly as good without them.

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    • on September 29, 2011


      Very excellent...although you'll probably hate me for what I did with it. I didn't have any ham hocks, so I used a smoked turkey leg, which tastes enough like ham to make the transition. Omitted the beef, because I had enough pork sirloin, and didn't want that much meat. (Besides, this was a last minute deal, and I didn't have any beef thawed.) I also put in twice of everything on the seasonings, except the salt, cause that shrimp paste and fish sauce are salty enough. I also added some soy sauce. Please don't feel badly, I double the seasonings on almost every recipe I've ever used. And I put soy sauce in almost everything.

      I do appreciate you posting the basic recipe, however...I was able to work with that to suit my tastes.

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    • on April 04, 2007


      Awesome combination of flavours, this recipe is defnitely for more than 6 servings, probably closer to 12.

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    Nutritional Facts for Bun Bo Hue (Spicy Hue Style Noodle Soup With Lemongrass)

    Serving Size: 1 (257 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 351.4
    Calories from Fat 33
    Total Fat 3.6 g
    Saturated Fat 1.2 g
    Cholesterol 23.8 mg
    Sodium 1017.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 66.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
    Sugars 1.8 g
    Protein 11.2 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:


    shrimp paste

    Thai holy basil

    fresh mint

    sambal oelek

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