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Author Notes: One of the simplest Vietnamese noodles with a full-flavored pork and crab stock. —Vy Tran
- 2 Dungeness crabs
- 2 pounds pork neck bones
- 10 cups water
- 3 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 14-oz package of tapioca noodles
- 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined, and cooked
- thinly sliced scallions for garnish
- chopped cilantro for garnish
- Bird's eye chile and pepper to taste
- Fill a large stockpot with 3 cups of water and bring to a boil.
- Place the crabs in the water and steam for 15 minutes or until their shells are orange-red and their bellies turn white.
- Save the crab stock. Remove the meat from the body and claws, and save the juice from the body.
- In a separate stockpot, fill 10 cups of water and cook the pork neck bones for 2 hours on medium heat.
- For the soup, pour the strained the pork stock, 2 cups of crab stock, and juice from the crabs into a separate stockpot. Add fish sauce. Let the soup simmer on low heat for 30 minutes and remove any scum at the surface.
- Season with salt and sugar to taste. Add 1/2 a cup of water at a time if the soup becomes too salty for your taste.
- Boil the tapioca noodles until semi-clear. Strain and leave in cold water so they do not expand.
- When ready to serve, add half a cup of noodles to a serving bowl, top with crab meat and shrimps and then add soup.
- Garnish with green onions, cilantro, pepper, and Bird's eye chile pepper.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Noodles