pork noodle soup with ginger and garlic | kelly’s kitchen

Hello everyone, welcome to Kelly’s Kitchen. I am so happy you’re joining me today. Although fall has arrived, the temperatures in Athens this week have been in the high seventies. It’s been a very lovely fall so far. The warm sunny days haven’t deterred my cravings for brothy, savory soups though! So today, we are making Pork Noodle Soup with Ginger and Garlic. 


This recipe is by Alison Roman. It appeared on the NY Times Cooking site about six months ago. I made this pretty much to the recipe, without many modifications. But I am already looking forward to making it again with a few tweaks and additions, which I will share as we go along.

Pork Noodle Soup with Ginger and Garlic

For the grated ginger, I use my opens in a new windowzester, but you can use the fine side of a box grater too. Also, don’t bother to peel the ginger, it’s not necessary, especially since you’re grating it, the skin virtually disappears. 

Also, a opens in a new windowmandoline will give you nice even, thin garlic slices.

The recipe calls for one pound of ground pork, but I am going to cook off two pounds and remove about a pound of the cooked pork for something else. But first, let’s toast our garlic. You want to use a neutral oil, like vegetable oil or my favorite, opens in a new windowgrapeseed oil

Let the oil get hot over medium heat, toss the garlic into the pot in a single layer, if you can. Stir them frequently so they don’t get too dark, otherwise they will be bitter. Just a nice golden color. Use a slotted spoon to scoop them out and lay them on a paper towel. If some get too dark, you can just pick them out.

Add your pork and the crushed red pepper flakes to the same pot you toasted the garlic in. Season with Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Brown the pork and break it up into bite size pieces as it’s cooking.  

When your pork is browned, add your four cups of chicken stock, four cups of water, and three tablespoons of soy sauce. When I make this again, at this point I will add a tablespoon of opens in a new windowRed Boat Fish Sauce

Bring this up to a simmer and add half the onions and all of the ginger. Taste it to see if it needs more soy sauce, salt or pepper. 

While it’s simmering, I got my water boiling in a separate pot for the noodles. The rice vermicelli only takes about 8-10 minutes to cook. Once the noodle water is boiling, turn off the heat, drop in the noodles, cover and set a timer for 8 minutes. 

Meanwhile, back to my soup. Now I add my spinach, and stir to wilt the leaves. I turned down the heat to very low and let it all come together.

When your noodles are cooked, strain them and I like to run cool water over them just to stop the cooking. The hot soup broth will warm them back up.


Let’s Plate Our Soup!

I like opens in a new windowwide shallow bowls for noodle dishes like this, when I have a variety of toppings. I use about a handful of the rice vermicelli, and I just plop it into my bowl.

Then I ladled my soup over the noodles, making sure I scooped from the bottom of the pot to get a good amount of pork.

Then top with cilantro, remaining sliced onions and toasted garlic. I also added sliced red peppers for extra heat. My red peppers are actually Serranos that have turned red. But jalapeño or Thai chile would be good too. 


In addition to adding fish sauce to this broth, I would also add a little rice vinegar or lime juice right at the end. While the store bought chicken stock is more convenient, next time I might make a richer stock with pork or beef bones. But ultimately, this recipe is an easy weeknight dish with great flavors. The fresh onion and toasted garlic really amp up the savory richness. 

I love a brothy Asian-inspired soup any day of the year, but there’s something about the turn to fall when almost all I want to eat is soup! What’s your favorite fall dish to make? Let me know in the comments below! 

If you like Asian noodle dishes, you might like my recipe for Vietnamese Grilled Pork Noodle Bowls, it’s great any time of year! Thanks everyone for stopping by today, I hope you give this recipe a try. Don’t forget you can find me on opens in a new windowInstagram and opens in a new windowFacebook too! Take care everyone, be well. xo Kelly

Pork Noodle Soup with Ginger and Garlic

Course Brunch, dinner, lunch, Main Course
AuthorAlison Roman via NYTimes Cooking


  • 3tbspNeutral oil like Grapeseed or Vegetable
  • 8Garlic Cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1lbGround Pork
  • 1 1/2tspCrushed Red Pepper Flakes, more to taste
  • Kosher Salt and Black Pepper
  • 4cups Chicken Broth
  • 4cupsWater
  • 3 tbspSoy Sauce or Tamari, more to taste
  • 1Large bunch pea leaves or spinach, stems removed, roughly chopped
  • 1tbspFinely Grated Fresh Ginger, from about 1 1/2" piece of ginger
  • 6ozRice Noodles, cooked and drained
  • 1/2Medium yellow, white or red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1cupCilantro, roughly chopped, stems and leaves


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium.

  2. Add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the slices become nicely toasted and golden brown, 2 or 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove garlic and set aside.

  3. Add pork and red-pepper flakes to the pot, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, using a wooden spoon or spatula to break up large pieces, until the pork is well browned and in small bite-size pieces, 5 to 8 minutes.

  4. Add chicken broth, soy sauce and 4 cups water. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 5 to 8 minutes or so, until the pork is very tender and the broth tastes impossibly good. (Give it a taste and season with salt, pepper, red-pepper flakes and soy sauce, if you want.) Add pea leaves, half of the onion slices, and all of the ginger. Stir to wilt the leaves.

  5. To serve, ladle soup over noodles and top with remaining onion, cilantro and toasted garlic.



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  1. Sylvia Espinoza wrote:

    5 stars
    Kelly, this sounds so good! Been yearning for Asian soup, though temps our way are still hitting the 90s. Sigh. But a cold front is forecast for Tuesday and I imagine this soup would be perfect. As you walked us through its prep, could hear and smell and taste! I definitely eat with my eyes and this dish draws me in. You’re a great inspiration. Thank you, and thanks to Beth for sharing you. The last 6 months’ worth of Saturday mornings have been like a gift waiting to be opened! Happy weekend! Hugs~

    Posted 10.10.20
    • Hello Sylvia, I really think you’ll like this dish. It really hits the spot! Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so happy that you look forward to Kelly’s Kitchen, it really is my pleasure to bring cooking inspiration to all of Beth’s readers. Good to hear from you this week, take care and have a great weekend! xo Kelly

      Posted 10.10.20
  2. carla wrote:

    This looks yummy! I will try it this week.

    Posted 10.10.20
    • Wonderful, Carla! Let me know how it goes. Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great weekend, xo Kelly

      Posted 10.10.20
  3. Terry wrote:

    Hi kelly, great recipe I was planning on making soup tonight. I’m going to make this. I think though, I might use thinly sliced Pork, everything else the same I’ll take pics tonight
    Mom ♥️

    Posted 10.10.20
    • Perfect, Mom! I think you and Grandma will like this soup. Let me know how it goes, xo Kelly

      Posted 10.10.20
  4. Eve wrote:

    That looks so good! The fish sauce is new to me in soup. I love soup & a nice butternut squash soup is really tasty but I miss my Mamas stone soup. She just put whatever she had on hand in it and it was delicious. No crackers for Manas soup. She served cornbread with it. A Southern Mama.😊

    Posted 10.10.20
    • Hi Eve, fish sauce is a common umami-rich ingredient in a lot of Vietnamese soups. Used sparingly, it can even add a little flavor bomb to something like tomato sauce! Soups are wonderful in the way that they can be endlessly modified with whatever we have on hand. I love cornbread with bean soup! Thanks so much for writing in today, I always enjoy hearing from you! Have a great weekend! xo Kelly

      Posted 10.10.20
  5. Kenzie McConnel wrote:

    This soup sounds delicious. Like you I am very partial to Asian styled soups.
    Instead of chicken or beef stock I often make up a stock using white miso paste and boiling water. Gives the soup a great taste. Also some finely sliced button mushrooms for more umami flavour.
    I enjoy your recipes as they are fresh and zingy. Keep up the good work.

    Posted 10.10.20
    • Thank you so much, Kenzie! I love miso soup too, it’s a perfect snack if you make a mug of it on a cold day. xo Kelly

      Posted 10.11.20
  6. Mary wrote:

    5 stars
    This sounds really good. I’m going to try it.

    Posted 10.10.20
    • Hi Mary, Thanks so much for stopping by! Do let me know how it goes for you, have a great rest of your weekend! xo Kelly

      Posted 10.11.20
  7. Susan Vallee wrote:

    5 stars
    I made the pork noodle soup tonight. My husband and I loved it! This is the second noodle recipe I have tried from your blog and they were both excellent. Now ai need to look back at your other recipes to try! Susan

    Posted 10.11.20
    • That’s so great, Susan! I am so happy you both enjoyed the noodle soup! Thanks so much for writing in to let me know it was a success. Have a great evening, xo Kelly

      Posted 10.11.20

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