Pork and Seafood Noodle Soup (Hu Tieu Do Bien)

Not all Vietnamese noodle soups are called pho and this one is an example of one, the Hu tieu do bien. Hu Tieu Do Bien or Pork and Seafood Noodle Soup is a specialty of Saigon and the area surrounding it where it is made using seafood and pork a very rich flavoured pork stock, don’t let the stock fool you as it may look clear but the flavour is intense which is made by boiling pork meat and bones together with dried squid.

So if pho is not the only one what are the different noodle soup names in Vietnamese cuisine? Here are some of what I know.

  • Hu Tieu – Pork Bones Based soup, noodles can be egg or rice noodles
  • Banh canh – Thick rice noodles
  • Bun rieu – Thin rice noodles
  • Bun bo Hue – Spicy Beef
  • Bun Mang Vit – Duck and Bamboo Shoots
  • Mi bo vien – Egg noodles

Do you have anything to add to that list?


250 g medium dried rice sticks or egg noodles
250 g pork tenderloin
12 pcs shrimps
12 pcs squid or cuttlefish balls
2 cups bean sprouts
2 Spring onions, chopped
2 pcs bird’s eye or Thai chilies, thinly sliced
1 lime or lemon, quartered
1 bunch baby bok choy, blanched
fried shallots
fried garlic oil
fish sauce

Ingredients (Broth)

30 g Dried squid, ground (you can use coffee bean grinder)
1 kg pork soup bones
1 large Onion, sliced
2 pcs carrots, sliced
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp Peppercorn
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 litres water


1. In a large pot mix all broth ingredients together and bring to a boil, simmer for 2 hrs which will reduce the soup quantity and intensify the flavour.
2. Meanwhile soak the rice sticks in water for 20 minutes then drain.
3. Using a fine sieve strain the broth and place it in a deep container.
4. In a separate pot, add the clear broth and bring to boil again, then add pork tenderloin cook and cook for 20 minutes.
5. Add the squid balls then cook for 5 minutes.
6. Add the shrimps and cook for 2 more minutes.
7. Remove meat and seafood from stock then set aside, keep stock simmering in low heat until you are ready to use. Thinly slice the pork tenderloin then set aside.
8. In another separate pot, boil water and cook the rice noodles for 5 minutes. Drain and place on individual serving bowls together with the baby bok choys.
9. Top the noodles with the cooked meat, squid balls, shrimps, bean sprouts, fried garlic, chillies, spring onion and a dash of fried garlic oil.
10. Pour hot broth on the bowls, adjust the flavour with fish sauce then squeeze 1 quarter of lime per serving.

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18 thoughts on “Pork and Seafood Noodle Soup (Hu Tieu Do Bien)

  1. I have a bad habit of calling all Vietnamese soups pho, and I know that’s so wrong. Just laziness on my part. Anyway, this is a really flavorful looking soup. Great photo – love those shrimp!

  2. Raymund, you have really introduce me to some wonderful soups this fall! This looks quite hearty and delicious! Thank you!

  3. I go to Vietnamese noodle shop once a week most of the time. I love all kinds of soup noodle dish. This looks delicious Raymund! Is there any dish that you cannot cook? ;)

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