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Kuay Tiew Rua (Thai Boat Noodles)


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Kuay Tiew Rua (Thai Boat Noodles)
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Learn how to prepare a delicious and spicy Kuay Tiew Rua, the classic Thai noodles dish with pork balls and soy sauce.

For the broth
For the pork balls
To serve
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  • Recipe category Main course
  • Recipe yield 4

How to make a delicious Thai Kuay Tiew Rua

  • Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large saucepan or casserole dish set over a moderate heat until hot.
  • Add the pork to the oil and sear well until golden all over.
  • Remove from the dish.
  • Add the garlic and fry for 1-2 minutes until golden.
  • Remove from the dish and drain on kitchen paper.
  • Add the remaining groundnut oil  to  the dish and fry the ginger, chill, and lemongrass for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the stock and bring to a simmer.
  • Add the pork and then cook the broth over a very low heat for 1 hour.
  • Remove the pork and then strain the broth into a clean saucepan.

For the pork balls

  • Combine the pork mince, bread, and milk in a food processor.
  • Pulse until combined and season with plenty of salt and pepper.
  • Shape into balls and arrange in a large, lined steaming basket and cover with the lid.
  • Steam the balls over a half-filled saucepan of simmering water for 10-12 minutes until cooked through.
  • Remove from the basket and set aside.
  • Pull the pork into pieces and return it the broth along with the noodles, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and fish sauce.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes or until the noodles are soft.
  • Ladle the Kuay Tiew Rua into bowls and garnish with coriander leaves, fried garlic, sliced chilli, and pork balls.
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