A traditional Filipino dish at parties and special occasions. This recipe makes enough to bring to a potluck and easily cuts in half if you'd like to serve it for dinner. —Amelia Rampe
boneless pork loin chop, sliced into thin strips
canola or neutral oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
medium onion, chopped
large carrot, cut into matchsticks
bunches baby bok choy, stem and leaves separated (stems sliced, leaves torn)
head small cabbage, thinly sliced
scallions, whites and greens separated (whites thinly sliced, greens very thinly sliced)
garlic cloves, thinly sliced
lemon juice, plus more
8-ounce package thin rice noodles
fish sauce, plus more
In This Recipe
Season pork with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tbsp. of oil in a wok or large non-stick skillet, over med-high heat. Cook pork strips, until browned 1-2 minutes, each side. Make sure your pan is very hot so you get a nice sear on the outside of your pork. Be careful not to overcook the pork or it will get chewy. Transfer to a plate and reserve. Add 2 tbsp. oil to skillet. Working in batches cook onions, celery, carrots, bok choy stems, cabbage, scallions, garlic until just crisp tender, about 2 minutes per batch. Reserve vegetables on plate with pork.
Add lemon juice to skillet, bring to a simmer until almost completely evaporated. Add stock and cook until liquid has reduced by half. Season broth with pinch of salt (or soy sauce), pepper and fish sauce.
Meanwhile, quickly soak your rice noodles in warm water. This is the tricky part because rice noodles are delicate. If you soak them in boiling water or over soak them, your noodles will become mushy. The idea is to soak the rice stick noodles just long enough to separate them and then immediately drain and run cold water over them to stop the cooking.
Add noodles to stock, tossing constantly (tongs are very helpful here) until noodles are just cooked through and liquid has been absorbed. Add reserved pork, vegetables, bok choy leaves and juices accumulated on plate and toss until evenly distributed and warmed through. Remove from heat. Taste and adjust season with more salt (or soy), pepper, lemon juice or fish sauce. Transfer to a serving platter. Top with celery leaves, scallion greens and lime wedges.