Ingredients – Serves 4 as part of a shared meal
⅓ cup fresh lime juice
⅓ cup fish sauce
¼ teaspoon chilli powder – optional
1 tablespoon grated palm sugar
50g bean thread noodles
400g minced pork or chicken – free range or organic if possible. You can also use turkey, beef or duck
½ a medium red onion, finely sliced – in this instance I used spring onions as that’s all I had on hand but red onions or shallots work best
1 small bunch of mint, leaves removed and large ones torn in half
1 bunch coriander, leaves removed
1 large red chilli, seeded and sliced – you can leave this out and serve on the side if you prefer
1 Lebanese cucumber, sliced thinly
Roasted Rice (makes more than you will need but stores well)
½ cup gelatinous rice
To make the dressing place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Taste and adjust with more lime juice, fish sauce or sugar to get a good balance.
Soak the bean thread noodles in cold water for 30 minutes, then drain and set aside. To make the roasted rice, place the rice in a small dry skillet over medium heat and cook stirring until the grains of rice have turned golden brown. Place into a clean coffee grinder and grind until it forms a fine powder. You can also grind it in a mortar and pestle.
In a wok or saucepan bring abut 1/3 cup of water to the boil and add the minced meat. Stir fry and cook until the water has evaporated and the meat is cooked through, breaking up the mince with your spoon as you cook it. Turn off the heat and add the noodles and mix them with the meat. Place the mince and noodles in a large bowl and let them cool slightly. Add all the other ingredients and mix together with the dressing. Place on a serving platter and sprinkle generously with the roasted rice powder.