Vietnamese Mi Quang

Mi Quang is a very complex Vietnamese Noodle Soup recipe that has many layers of flavor. I’ve tried this dish at many restaurants and although most were delicious, none compared to my parents. Therefore I’ve enlisted the help from my parents to make this recipe. On a warm Sunday afternoon, my parents and I started the preparation for a big pot of Mi Quang. It may have taken over an hour to make with three sets of hands, but something’s can’t be rushed and of course we had plenty for the next day.

Mi Quang

Mi Quang

Mi Quang sample 2 small Mi Quang sample 5 small

Vietnamese Mi Quang
 
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Recipe type: Asian
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Ingredients
  • Ingredients for broth:
  • 2 pounds of pork spare ribs (have your butcher chop these into 2-3 inch pieces)
  • 1 pounds shrimp (shell and heads on is optional)
  • ½ pound pork belly
  • ½ pineapple (you can used canned pineapple too)
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1 ½ tbsp. minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp. fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp. annato seeds
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 ½ tbsp. paprika
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste preference
  • For noodles:
  • 2 pounds of turmeric noodles or flat rice noodle
  • 1 tbsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Boil flat rice noodles (follow instructions on bag)
  • Add turmeric powder for coloring and oil after noodles are done to keep from sticking together.
Instructions
  1. In large pot boil 8-10 cups and add pork ribs. Boil for 10 minutes and discard water and add another 8-10 cups of water. Bring to boil and add quartered onion and garlic. Boil for another 10 minutes and bring down to medium low heat. Just above a simmer.
  2. In separate sauce pan heat up olive oil and annato seeds. Simmer for 4-5 minutes or until oil is a deep orange red color. Strain and add oil to the large pot of ribs. Slice pork belly ¼ inch thick and add to pot, and then add chopped pineapple and quartered tomatoes, fish sauce, paprika, 2 ½ tbsp. sugar, salt and pepper. Bring to boil and then down to simmer for 20-30 minutes. You want the pork ribs to fall off the bone soft.
  3. In separate skillet, cook 1 tbsp. olive oil, soy sauce and ½ tbsp. sugar with shrimp. Cook on medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until shrimp is fully cooked and carmelized.Accompaniments:
  4. ½ cup roasted peanuts
  5. leafy greens and herbs (lettuce, cilantro, mint)
  6. lime
  7. black sesame seed crackers
  8. Assemble:
  9. In large bowl add noodles and pour in broth. Traditionally, the broth is used sparingly, not like other Vietnamese noodle soups. Pour about ⅓ of the bowl. Add spare ribs, pork belly and shrimp. Top with fresh greens and herbs, peanuts and juice of lime. Crackers is more to dip with.

 

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