Squid filled with pork and noodles

Squid filled with pork and noodles

Michael Fountoulakis

The Tran family were our hosts at the wonderfully named ‘The End of the World Restaurant’ situated on a beach near Hoi An. Mr Khoa with his family runs the tour company Ecotours, and after meeting the fishing boats, visiting market gardens and coconut groves, we were treated to a feast prepared by his mother, Mrs Huong, who gave us this recipe to include in the book.


Quantity Ingredient
4 dried chinese mushrooms
25g cellophane noodles
8 small squid
300g pork shoulder, minced
2 red asian shallots, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 handful coriander leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1/2 teaspoon caster sugar
1/3 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
vegetable oil, for frying
classic dipping sauce


  1. Soak the mushrooms in boiling water for 20 minutes, then drain and squeeze to remove excess liquid. Chop the mushrooms, discarding the tough stems.
  2. Prepare the noodles by immersing in hot water for 1 minute, then refresh in cold running water. Cut the noodles into 2 cm long pieces with a pair of kitchen scissors.
  3. Clean the squid by holding the body with one hand and the head with the other. Gently pull, taking care not to burst the ink sac, and the head and tentacles will come away. Remove the clear cartilage, rinse the squid inside and out, then pat dry. Remove and discard the head. Finely chop the tentacles or mince in a food processor.
  4. To make the filling, combine the minced tentacles, mushrooms, noodles, pork, shallots, garlic, coriander, fish sauce, sugar and pepper and mix well.
  5. Firmly pack the squid tubes two-thirds of the way, ensuring there are no air pockets. Secure the ends with skewers or toothpicks.
  6. Heat a layer of oil in a frying pan over medium–high heat and fry the squid for 5 minutes, then pierce the squid several times to release any trapped liquid. This will cause the oil to spit, so take care. Cook the squid for a further 10 minutes, turning them on occasion so they colour evenly.
  7. Take the squid out of the pan and remove the skewers. Slice into 2 cm discs and drizzle with the cooking juices. Serve with dipping sauce.
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