Cookbook:Cao lầu

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Cookbook | Ingredients | Recipes Cuisine of Vietnam

Cao lầu is a Vietnamese regional noodle dish found only in Hội An, in the Quang Nam Province of central Vietnam.

This serves 3-4 people.


  • 300g pork
  • 2 cups (150g) Hokkien-style rice noodles
  • 2 cups (150g) bean sprouts
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Pinch chicken stock powder
  • Turmeric powder (or paprika), just used for colour
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (250ml) water
  • Lettuce and Asian greens
  • Pepper
  • Croûtons
  • Spring onions


  1. Heat oil and paprika.
  2. Fry pork with smashed garlic, soy sauce, chicken stock and spices for 3 minutes
  3. Add 1 tbsp water and fry for a further 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, put aside.
  5. Put hot water on heat and add sprouts, cook for 1-2 minutes until soft.
  6. Remove sprouts, add noodles and cook noodles for 2 minutes.
  7. Put noodles in a bowl, on top of lettuce and greens, add pork, chopped spring onions, croûtons, and pepper.