Vietnamese Crab Noodle Soup

"Made some bun rieu (Vietnamese crab noodle soup) to enjoy for the next couple of days. Gosh, I love this stuff!"
-- @wina_wina
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  • 3 pounds pork bones
  • 1 whole onion
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 1 inch piece of rock sugar
  • 6 Chopped tomatoes
  • 1 pack tofu puffs
  • 1 pack rice stick noodles
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 pound peeled shrimp
  • 1 pound fresh crabmeat
  • 4 tablespoon seasoned crab paste (available at Asian stores)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 minced shallot
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon fine shrimp paste (Available in Asian stores)
  • Mint leaves
  • 1 Bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 Bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 thinly sliced onion
  • 1-2 limes
  • Fish sauce
  • Sriracha


  • Step 1

    Par boil pork bones by adding bones to a 8qt pot, and covering them with cold water (almost to the top). Let the bones come to a boil, then cook for about 10-15 minutes to remove the impurities. Drain and rinse the bones in a colander with cold running water.

  • Step 2

    Wash the pot, add the bones and fill with cold water again (almost to the top). Turn heat to high, when it reaches a boil, reduce heat to medium low and simmer. Add onion, ginger, and rock sugar. Allow broth to simmer for about 2 hours.

  • Step 3

    Meanwhile add shrimp, crab, crab paste, eggs, shrimp paste, minced garlic, and shallots to a food processor. Pulse for about a minute so that the mixture starts to stick together but is still lumpy. Place aside and refrigerate.

  • Step 4

    After the soup has simmered for about two hours, add the tomatoes into the broth and bring back to a boil.

  • Step 5

    Take out the shrimp/crab mixture and scoop a spoonful into the broth, one at a time to form "meatballs." Boil for another 20-25 minutes so all the flavors marry. Add 1 Tbs fish sauce, or more depending on taste desired.

  • Step 6

    Add the tofu puffs to the soup and simmer.

  • Step 7

    Boil rice noodles, strain, and set aside. Add rice noodles to a bowl, top with the boiling soup, some shrimp/crab balls and tofu puffs. Top with sliced onion, chopped green onion, and cilantro.

  • Step 8

    Serve with bean sprouts, mint leaves, jalapeño peppers, lime, and Sriracha.

  • Step 9