Vietnamese Grilled Pork Noodle Bowl

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Dinner, Main Course Vietnamese
By Kelly Djalali Serves: 2-4
Prep Time: 10 Minutes + overnight marinade Cooking Time: 15-20 Minutes Total Time: 30 Minutes

Cold rice noodle salad with savory grilled pork, fresh herbs, veggies and Vietnamese fish sauce dressing. So many flavor combinations and perfect bites.


  • Vietnamese Grilled Pork Marinade
  • 3 tbsp. Shallots, minced
  • 1.5 tbsp. Garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Fish Sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp. Black Pepper
  • 3 tbsp. Neutral Cooking Oil like Canola, or Grapeseed
  • 1.5 lb. Pork Shoulder, thinly sliced (1/8 -1/4" slices)
  • Nước Chấm Sauce
  • 6 tbsp. Lukewarm Water
  • 2 tbsp. Sugar
  • 1.5-2 tbsp. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 tbsp. Fish Sauce
  • Garlic, minced – Optional
  • Thai chiles (or other hot pepper)Sliced – Optional
  • Noodle Bowl
  • Leafy Greens
  • 1 package Rice Vermicelli
  • Cucumber, sliced
  • Pickled Carrots (or shredded carrots)
  • Fresh Basil, stems removed
  • Fresh Mint, stems removed
  • Grilled Pork
  • Scallion oil, or raw sliced scallions
  • Nước Chấm Sauce
  • Peanuts, chopped


Pork Marinade


Mix all ingredients together in a large measuring cup and set aside. Slice your pork shoulder against the grain in ⅛ to ¼ inch thick slices. Place all the sliced meat into a large Ziplock and pour in the marinade. Gently squeeze the air out as best you can and seal up the bag. Lay the bag flat in the fridge overnight.

Fish Sauce Dressing


Mix all ingredients together in a measuring cup. Be sure to taste this sauce and add more of any ingredient to suit your taste. For instance, maybe you’d like it to be more citrusy, so add more lime juice. Perhaps you’d like it more sweet, add more sugar. To dissolve the sugar more easily, use lukewarm water.

Vietnamese Grilled Pork Noodle Bowl


Grill the pork slices for about 3 minutes per side and remove from grill, set aside and assemble the noodle bowl.


Start with your greens.


Then add a big handful of rice noodles.


Place your cucumber along one side.


Add your carrots to another side.


Place your leafy herbs and sprouts to create a little nest of noodles.


Lay slices of grilled pork in the center, on top of your noodles.


Spoon some scallion oil (mở hành) on top of the pork and sprinkle chopped peanuts on top.


Then, pour on some of your nước chấm dressing.