Cao Lau: Mouthwatering Noodle Recipe

Cao Lau: Mouthwatering Noodle Recipe

Today I am going to share a recipe that is dedicated to all the noodle lovers. And the good news is this recipe is of Vietnam. You have had enough of Chinese noodles; so let’s try Vietnamese noodles with its unique combinations of ingredients. The name is unique too, Cao Lau.

Originated in Hoi An, a Vietnamese town, this recipe is an amalgamation of rice noodles, soft and juicy pork with leafy greens.

Tasty Cao Lau For You

Preparation time – 20 minutes

Cooking time – 10 minutes

Marinating – 1 hour

Cao Lau: Mouthwatering Noodle Recipe
Cao Lau: Mouthwatering Noodle Recipe


  • Vietnamese rice noodles – 2 pounds, thick
  • Pork tenderloins – 1 ½ pound, cubed pieces
  • Bean sprouts – 2 cups
  • Green onions – 2 cups, chopped
  • Water – 2 tbsp
  • Soy sauce – 2 tbsp
  • Chow mein noodles – ¼ cup, crispy
  • Fresh basil – ¼ cup
  • Cilantro – ¼ cup
  • Lettuce – 1 cup, chopped
  • Paprika – 1 tsp
  • Vegetable oil – 2 tbsp
  • White sugar – 2 tsp
  • Five-spice powder – 2 tsp
  • Chicken bouillon granules – ¼ tsp
  • Minced garlic – 4 cloves

How To Make Cao Lau

  • Take a big size glass bowl and add the Chinese five-spice powder, chicken bouillon granules, soy sauce, white sugar, minced garlic, and paprika. Mix with a spoon and add the cubed pieces of pork. Mix the pork very well with the concoction and wrap it with plastic. Now keep the bowl aside for around 1 hour.
  • In the meantime, put a large pot of water on high heat and as the water starts to boil, add the Vietnamese rice noodles in it. Before adding, make sure that you wash them with cold water and break them. Just after 1 minute, pour the bean sprouts into the boiling water and let the noodles and sprouts cook till they are soft. But do not overcook. When done, remove the excess water.
  • Place a skillet on the flame and pour the oil. Once the oil is hot, add the marinated pork pieces in the hot oil and cook both sides for a few minutes so that both sides of each piece get a nice brown color. Add the water and let the pork cook for a few minutes. When all the water dries off, and the pork is soft, switch off the flame.
  • Take a large plate and add the cooked pork. Now add the cooked noodles and bean sprouts. Toss them well so that the noodles are mixed with pork. Add the chopped basil, cilantro and lettuce and chopped green onions on the top and give them a mix.
  • Finally, tip the crunchy chow mein noodles on the top and serve.
Cao Lau: Mouthwatering Noodle Recipe
Cao Lau: Mouthwatering Noodle Recipe


  • Don’t you like chow mein noodles or you do not have them in your home? Not to worry as you can use broken chicharrones or rice paper croutons instead of the chow mein noodles.
  • Be very careful while boiling the rice noodles as they become quite soggy in just a few seconds. So do not leave the noodles while they are boiling. Otherwise, your dish will be a total massacre.

So, you haven’t decided on your dinner yet? Then make this tasty noodle and amaze everyone. It will be quiet relief from your everyday dish.

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