Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Rice & Noodles)

Pig's Trotters Noodle Soup Recipe

(Banh Canh Gio Heo)

Ingredients : Serves 4-6

1.2 kg

1/4 teaspoon


200 g

1/2 teaspoon

1 teaspoon

2 tablespoons

500 g


2-3 sprigs



1/4 teaspoon

Pig's trotters, cleaned and cut into pieces


Shallots, peeled and thinly sliced



Chicken seasoning powder

Cooking oil

Short round rice noodles (bee tai mak)

Spring onions (scallions), finely chopped

Coriander (cilantro) leaves, finely chopped

Limes, cut into wedges

Red chili, chopped

Ground white pepper

Fish sauce, to serve

Method :
  • Soak pig's trotters in lightly salted water for 10 minutes. Wash and drain.

  • Bring 3 liters water to the boil in a large pot.

  • Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, a few slices of shallots and pig's trotters.

  • Lower heat and simmer, skimming frequently to remove any scum that surfaces.

  • When pig's trotters are half-cooked, add pork.

  • When pork is cooked, remove and drain. Cool before slicing thinly.

  • Add sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and chicken seasoning powder to stock.

  • Heat oil and fry remaining sliced shallots until crisp. Drain well.

  • Divide noodles equally into large serving bowls. Top with pork, pig's trotters, spring onions, fried shallots, coriander and pepper.

  • Pour stock over and serve with fish sauce, lime wedges and chopped chili on the side.

Tips :

Leave pot uncovered when simmering stock. This will keep the stock clear.

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