Yunnan province, the star in western China is popular for rice noodles and other rice products (like er Kuai) and this one enjoys the highest popularity among the locals.
Thinking of Yunnan rice noodle, the first thing might be cross the bridge (过桥米线), rice noodles are served with lots of side ingredients and a bowl of hot stock. That one is more complicated and dedicated, and thus more famous in other places but this XiaoGuo (小锅米线) is more home friendly and humble, using very easy to find and cheap ingredients. Last winter when I visited my favorite place, Yunnan, I ate this xiaoguo rice noodles almost everyday.
This one is my own favorite way of making a Xiaoguo rice noodles. The original version used pickled mustard as the main source of sour taste, but I add tomatoes to further rice the flavor.
Pickled mustard green (酸菜) or sometimes cabbage is a great ingredients for soups. It presents a lovely sour taste with the help of lactic acid bacteria. Homemade pickled mustard green is even better because of the multiple groups of bacteria. You can purchase the packaged or make your town pickled mustard green with this instruction. If this ingredient is too hard to achieve, you can substitute it with other pickles, like pickled cabbage (kimchi) or pickled radishes.
Yunnan Small Pot Rice Noodles
- 1 cup minced pork
- 2 servings rice noodle , 150g dried rice noodle or 300g fresh ones
- 50 g Chinese chive , cut into small sections
- 50 g soy bean sprouts
- 1 middle size tomato , finely chopped
- 3 tbsp. vegetable cooking oil
- 100g pickled cabbage or mustard green , chopped
- 1400 ml water or stock , around 6 cups
- 2 cloves garlic , chopped
- 1 tsp. salt or to taste
- 3 tbsp. light soy sauce , divided
- chili oil for drizzling
- Soak dried rice noodle with cold water for at least 4 hours (recommend soaking it overnight).
- Remove the hard ends of chive and then cut into long sections. Finely chop tomato and pickled mustard green.
- Heat oil and then fry minced pork and chopped garlic until crispy and golden brown. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of light soy sauce and salt. Mix well and then transfer ½ of the minced pork out.
- Place the pickled mustard green and tomatoes in, fry for 2-3 minutes until aromatic. Then pour in water. Remember to remove large foams after boiled
- Add 2 tablespoon of light soy sauce and salt to season the soup. Then place the soaked rice noodles in. Cook for 2 minutes.
- Add bean sprouts and and chives. Cook until the soup boils again. Transfer to serving pot.
- Add the remaining minced pork and drizzle red oil. Serve hot!