Pork and Peanut White Noodle Salad

A friend went to a health farm. The medical staff put the fear of death into him and he came back with a determination to eat more healthily. So I sought inspiration in Gizzy Erskine’s Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts, but in the process of making it the recipe ran deliriously amok.

The result is nothing like her recipe – it’s missing the hot Vietnamese nuoc cham sauce for starters. And it’s probably not nearly so austere in terms of calories – but just think of all the protein in those peanuts – it just has to be good for you!


You can also make this successfully with chicken, or if there is any of this salad left it would go very well with cold chicken.

Alternatively, Uyen Luu who runs a Vietnamese supper club out of her east London flat, produces a version which, very broadly, substitutes 100g of cooked, peeled prawns, purple sprouting, and a plain omelette made of three eggs and shredded for the pork. Instead of an onion she uses banana shallots. Instead of the cos lettuce she substitutes kale crisps.

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