Pork Broth Noodle Soup (Bun Rieu)

"A Vietnamese noodle soup with a pork based broth, tomatoes, and noodles."
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Prep time 30mins
Cook time 2hrs 30mins
Serves or Makes: 4-6

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  • 2 1/2 pounds cut into chunks pork shoulder
  • 1 onion
  • 10 dried shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 minced scallions
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 6 sliced into halves roma tomatoes
  • 1 cup crab paste
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 packages vermicelli noodles


  • Step 1

    Put the pork into a large soup pan. Cover the pork with water until it just covers the pork. Bring the water to a boil. Once the water boils, take out the pork pieces and set aside. Pour out the water. Transfer the pork back into the soup pan and cover it with fresh water. This process will help to clean the pork and produce a clear broth.

  • Step 2

    Add in the onion, dried shrimp, and the salt. Bring the water to a boil. Reduce to low heat and simmer the soup for an hour and a half.

  • Step 3

    While the soup is simmering, combine the scallions, chili powder, and oil in a pan. Cook for 20 seconds and set aside. Watch the scallions carefully because they burn easily.

  • Step 4

    Once the soup has simmered for an hour and a half, add this mixture to the soup with the tomatoes. This mixture and the tomatoes will help give the soup its signature red color. Simmer for another 30 minutes.

  • Step 5

    As the soup is simmering, combine the eggs and crab paste in a small bowl. Whisk them together and set aside.

  • Step 6

    Once the soup has simmered for 30 minutes, add in the egg/crab paste mixture, chicken broth, and fish sauce. Stir everything together. Once the egg and crab mixture floats to the top of the soup, the soup should be done.

  • Step 7

    Now it's time to put it all together. Add some cooked vermicelli noodles to a bowl. Ladle some soup over the noodles and garnish with leftover green onions.

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