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Cold soba noodle salad with Vietnamese pork

This refreshing Vietnamese cold pork and noodle salad will delight your taste buds.

Shopping list:

  • 3 tablespoons chopped spring onions
  • 4 tablespoons dark sesame oil, divided into two
  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce, divided into two
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 2 tablespoons palm or coconut sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 kg pork loin
  • 2 packets uncooked soba noodles
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek
  • 3 cups wombok (Chinese cabbage)
  • ½ cup finely chopped red capsicum
  • Vegetable oil


  1. Trim the pork loin, removing the sinew from the top, then slicing into thick strips, then set it aside.
  2. Combine the 1 tablespoon spring onions, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 1 teaspoon fish sauce, the tamari, coconut sugar, black pepper together and marinate the pork for minimum of 200 minutes or overnight if possible.
  3. Cook noodles in a pot of salted boiling water until cooked through. Drain and refresh in cold water.
  4. .Combine the remaining sauces together in a large bowl along with the sambal oelek. Then add the cooked noodles, cabbage, and finely sliced red capsicum, toss to coat.
  5. Preheat a fry pan or grill to very hot, then sear off the pork for 1-2 minutes each side.
  6. Arrange the noodles on a platter, then arrange the pork over the top and decorate with the remaining spring onions.

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