It was a good base recipe, but it would require too many changes to make it better. Too much pepper, lime, and mint just over power the dish.
Vietnamese Noodle Salad with Pork
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 397
- Fat: 6g
- Saturated fat: 0g
- Protein: 20g
- Carbohydrate: 65g
- Fiber: 3g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
- Sodium: 453mg
- 1 pork tenderloin (about 3/4 lb.)
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 8 ounces thin rice noodles (vermicelli) or angel-hair pasta
- 3 cups shredded lettuce
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
- Cut pork tenderloin in half lengthwise (if it is thicker than 2 inches, cut into thirds lengthwise). Sprinkle salt and pepper over pork. Mist a ridged grill pan or skillet with nonstick cooking spray and warm over medium-high heat. Cook pork, turning as needed, until no longer pink in center, 11 to 13 minutes. Remove to a plate, tent with foil and let stand.
- In a bowl, stir together lime juice, sugar, 1 tsp. black pepper and 1/2 tsp. salt until sugar is dissolved. In a large pot of boiling water, cook noodles until tender, 2 to 4 minutes (or according to package directions). Drain, rinse until cool and drain again. Place noodles in a large serving bowl and toss with 3/4 of lime-juice mixture. Gently mix in lettuce, carrots, mint and basil.
- Thinly slice pork and place in a bowl. Toss with remaining lime-juice mixture. Top noodle salad with pork slices and any reserved juices and serve.
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