In recent years, a well-known Northern dish called Vietnamese rice noodles with fried tofu and shrimp paste has been more and more popular in the South of Vietnam, especially in Ho Chi Minh City. It’s not so difficult for you to find a place where you can get this kind of food, from restaurants to small food stores. It probably becomes a hot trend among some other famous dishes and fascinates plenty of foodies such as young people, children and even adults.
The recipe for this Vietnamese rice noodles with fried tofu and shrimp paste is special than others because of the combination of many ingredients and the sauce of shrimp paste. However, cooking it isn’t complicated at all. It’s as easy as the recipe called fried tofu with salted eggs I’ve posted before. Just a few simple steps and you’ll have your own meals within 30 minutes. Now, let’s start to make it!
Vietnamese Rice Noodles with Fried Tofu and Shrimp Paste Recipe
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Category: How to cook
- Method: boiling, frying
o 3 big rectangle pieces of firm tofu
o 300g pork belly
o A bowl of shrimp paste
o A cup of cooking oil
o ½ bowl of sugar
o Lemons, chilies, and peeled onions
1. Frying the tofu
o Wash the tofu carefully with water in order not to break the tofu, then cut them into small square blocks or any size which is suitable for you to eat.
o Add a little of cooking oil into a pan under medium heat, when the oil is boiled, place the small square pieces into the pan.
o Remember to turn their surface regularly until they become crispy and get golden brown evenly.
o Transfer fried tofu into a plate while you’re preparing for the next step.
Note: Because the tofu is easy to get burnt, make sure that the heat is in the best condition.
2. Boiling pork belly
o Boil a pot of water over medium heat, when the water is heated, place the pork belly into the pot.
o Cover the pot with a lid and wait until the pork belly is cooked through because it will be softer and easy to eat.
o Transfer the pork belly into a plate and let them cool a bit.
o When the boiled pork belly isn’t hot anymore, cut them into thin slices (you should slice them as thin as possible because it is tastier and easier for you to eat). This is the specific step of this Vietnamese dish.
o Transfer them into a plate and decorate the way you like.
3. Preparing the shrimp paste
o Cut the peeled onions and chilies into thin slices and remember to eliminate the seeds when you cut the chilies.
o Add the shrimp paste into a small bowl, then place the sliced chilies into the bowl with about 3 teaspoons of sugar.
o Squeeze a lemon into the bowl, then use chopsticks to stir the shrimp paste with these ingredients until they are mixed completely.
o Add a little of cooking oil into a pan under medium heat, then place the sliced onions into the pan, stir them well until they are aromatic.
o Turn off the heat, pour the golden-brown onions into the bowl which contains shrimp paste, and mix them. Then we will have the shrimp paste sauce for the dish.
Note: You can adjust the quantity of the spices according to your favorite taste.
4. Serving the Vietnamese Rice Noodles with Fried Tofu and Shrimp Paste
o This Vietnamese dish should be served when the fried tofu is still crispy, and the boiled belly pork is still hot.
o It pairs well with rice noodles and vegetables (cucumber, perilla leaf, herbs, salad, lettuce…).
o It can be served as a snack.
Keywords: Vietnamese rice noodles, Fried tofu, Shrimp paste, Vietnamese rice noodles with fried tofu and shrimp paste