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Vietnamese BBQ Pork Noodle Soup (Mi Xa Xiu) Recipe

Updated on February 22, 2012
Mi Xa Xiu
Mi Xa Xiu | Source

Mi is Vietnamese word for noodle. Mi Xa Xiu literally means noodle soup with Chinese style BBQ pork (Xa Xiu). This is a soupy dish with Chinese egg noodle as the main ingredient. Throughout Vietnam, noodle soup is served as breakfast, lunch, dinner, late supper, even as snack between meals.

Here is how to make mi xa xiu at home. If fresh Chinese egg noodle is not available, you can use dried one. If you like to get more fibre, add some blanched bok choy, choy sum or lettuce. The ingredients are simple and easy to find. Fixing mi xa xiu is a great way to use up leftover BBQ pork (thit xa xiu).

Unlike Westerner, Asian love to put good amout of noodle in their noodle soup, thus this dish is quite filling,

This is a good cold-weather dish. Who can resist a piping hot bowl of noodle soup during cold weather ?.

Fresh Chinese egg noodle
Fresh Chinese egg noodle

What You Need

Serves 6-8


1 1/2 lbs BBQ pork (thinly sliced)


2 lbs Chinese egg noodle (fresh)

1 tbsp oil

1 tbsp soy sauce

Pork stock:

10 cups water

1 onion

1 piece of ginger (1-inch)

2 lbs pork bones

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

2 tbsp oyster sauce


2-3 spring onions, thinly sliced

ground black pepper

Chinese black vinegar

10 cilantro sprigs, chopped

How to Make

  • Place pork bones and water in a large stock pot. Cover and bring to a boil. When its reaching boiling point, drain the bones and discard the water. Put another 10 cups of water in the pot and bring to boil. Skim off some floating foam. Add ginger, salt, sugar, oyster sauce and onion. Simmer over medium-low heat for about 1 hour.
  • In a saucepan, fill some water (about 2/3 full) and bring to a boil. Drop cooking oil and egg noodles. Cook the noodles for about 1 minute or until soft but still maintain its chewiness (al dente). Remove noodles from saucepan and drain it into a colander. Repeat the same procedure with the rest of noodles. Rinse noodle with cold water to stop cooking process. Drain.
  • Place egg noodles in a mixing bowl and add soy sauce. Toss well.
  • Divide noodles into several portion and place them in soup bowls. Arrange thinly sliced BBQ pork on the top. Last, pour the hot stock to cover the bowl and sprinkle some cilantro and or spring onions to garnish. Enjoy with black vinegar or hot chili sauce.

Mi Xa Xiu - Near Ben Thanh Market Vietnam


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      jojokaya 5 years ago from USA

      @J.S.Matthew: Thanks..

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Sounds delicious! Reminds me of Pho. I love to eat noodle soups and I eat them often as I live in an Asian household! Voted up and sharing!