Noodles with Shrimp, Pork and Chives Bánh Phở Xào Tôm Thịt Hẹ

16 Nov

I love Chinese Chives. They are crisp and garlicky without being overpowering. One of my favorite side dishes is a simple Chinese Chive Blossom stir fry. But I’m testing some new recipe inspirations as I realize my go to menu rotation is a little tired and, shockingly, doesn’t include any dry noodles.

Enter Bánh Phở Xào Tôm Thịt Hẹ, or Rice Noodles with Shrimp, Pork and Chives. This was so very simple and satisfying. Even Anh loved it at first bite. He remembers eating on a bed of steamed bean sprouts, but being pregnant, I have entirely eliminated the veggie from my plate.

We ate this alone, because life/work, and it was a bit light. Would recommend serving with a grilled meat or ga ro ti for a more hearty meal.

Bánh Phở Xào Tôm Thịt Hẹ Rice Noodles with Chinese Chives, Shrimp and Pork

Rice Noodles with Shrimp, Pork and Chives

Bánh Phở Xào Tôm Thịt Hẹ

Serves 4-6 as a light meal, served with one or two more dishes

  • Wide banh pho noodles (any medium/wide rice noodles will do)
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 lb shrimp
  • 1 bunch Chinese Chives
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbd neutral oil
  • 2 limes, quartered for serving
  • Sambal chili garlic sauce, fried onions and/or chopped peanuts for serving (optional)


  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 1 tbs Maggi (or thick soy)
  • 3 tbs fish sauce
  • 3 tbs water

Fill a large bowl with water and soak the noodles for 25 minutes (until pliable). Once they’re pliable, drain well and if you’d like shorter noodles cut into 3-4″ pieces. Long is OK, too. While the noodles are soaking, mix up the sauce ingredients to set aside and prepare the other ingredients.

Shell and devein the shrimp before cutting into smaller pieces. Wash the chives and cut into 3″ pieces. Scissors are your friend for this food prep.

Heat the oil in a wok or heavy bottomed skillet and add the garlic and shallot, stirring until softened and fragrant. Next goes the ground pork and shrimp pieces. Mix well and cook until the shrimp turn opaque and pink, and the pork is almost cooked through, roughly 4 to 5 minutes. Toss in the chive pieces and mix well, stirring often to cook through for approximately 3 minutes.

Chinese Chives with shrimp and pork

When these ingredients are well combined, add the noodles (whole or pieces) and toss to incorporate before pouring over the sauce mixture (give it a good stir before adding, the sugar may have settled). Using a pair of wooden spatulas or spoon, toss and mix the noodles, meats and vegetables well for about4 minutes.

Spoon into a bowl and top with a squeeze of lime and desired accompaniments. I like mine with a small spoon of Sambal chili garlic sauce and crushed peanuts. I haven’t seen the peanuts served with this dish in restaurants, but I think the rich, savory flavor balances the bright chives and nuoc mam.


2 Responses to “Noodles with Shrimp, Pork and Chives Bánh Phở Xào Tôm Thịt Hẹ”

  1. Nancy Nevill April 24, 2020 at 12:06 pm #

    I can’t wait to try this recipe!!!!!!!!

    • amandare May 13, 2020 at 9:30 am #

      Have you made this yet? Let me know how it goes (and if the kiddos enjoy it!)

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