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Yunnan province, the star of western China, is famous for its rice noodles and other rice products (such as Kuwaiti rice), which are particularly popular with locals.

When one thinks of Yunnan rice noodles (过桥米线), they are served with many individual ingredients and a bowl of hot broth. This one is more sophisticated and complicated and therefore better known elsewhere, but this XiaoGuo (小锅米线) is more user-friendly and humble for home use and uses ingredients that are very easy to find and cheap.  Last winter, when I visited my favorite place, Yunnan, I ate these Xiaoguo rice noodles almost every day.

In my hometown, the situation is similar: Deng Deng noodles are more famous, but locals love Mala Xiaomian. Xiao not only emphasizes quantity, but also modest and inexpensive ingredients.

This is my favorite way to prepare xiaoguo rice noodles. The original version uses marinated mustard as the main source of sour flavor, but I add tomatoes to add more flavor to the rice.

Marinated mustard greens (酸菜) or sometimes cabbage are excellent ingredients for soups. Lactic acid bacteria give it a deliciously sour taste. Homemade pickled mustard leaves are even better because of the many groups of bacteria. Use these instructions to buy a packet or make your own marinated mustard leaves. If this ingredient is too hard to come by, you can substitute it with other cucumbers, such as pickled cabbage (kimchi) or pickled radish.

Yunnan rice noodles in a small pot.

Pork noodle soup with pickled cabbage, prepared with rice noodles in a small Yunnan pot. Xiaoguo rice noodle soup.

Serve it up: 2

Calories: 397 kcal


  • 1
    ground pork
  • 2 portions rice noodles, 150 g dried rice noodles or 300 g fresh noodles
  • 50gChinese fragment, cut into small pieces
  • 50
    Soya sprouts
  • 1 medium-sized tomato, finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 100 g sauerkraut
    or mustard greens
    , crushed
  • 1400
    water or stock
    , about 6 cups
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1
    or to taste
  • 3
    soy sauce, separate
  • Chilli oil for sprinkling


  1. Soak the dried rice noodles in cold water for at least 4 hours (overnight soaking is recommended).
  2. Remove the hard ends from the cut strips, then cut them into long pieces. Finely chopped tomatoes and marinated green mustard.
  3. Heat the oil and fry the minced pork and minced garlic until crisp and golden brown. Sprinkle with a tablespoon of light soy sauce and salt. Stir well and then pour in half the ground pork.
  4. Add the green mustard and marinated tomatoes and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until fragrant. Then pour the water. Don’t forget to remove the large mousse after cooking.
  5. Add 2 tablespoons of light soy sauce and salt to season the soup. Then add the soaked rice noodles. Cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Add the bean sprouts and chives. Cook until the soup boils again. Transfer to a pan.
  7. Add the rest of the minced meat and drizzle with red butter. Serve it hot!

Nutritional information

Yunnan rice noodles in a small pot.

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Calories 397
Calories from fat 315

Daily Value* (%)

Fats 35g54

Saturated fat 23g144%.

Cholesterol 41mg14%.

Sodium 1993mg87%

Potassium 876mg25

Carbohydrates 10g3

Dietary fibre 3g13%.

Sugar 4g4

Protein 14g28%.

Vitamin A 1695IU34%.

Vitamin C 27mg33

Calcium 87mg9

Iron 2mg11%

* Daily percentages are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

frequently asked questions

Can you leave the rice noodles in the soup?

Put leftover rice noodles in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator to keep. If you want to use them the next day, put as many as you want in a heatproof bowl and pour boiling water over them. … I use leftover pasta in two ways: in a salad or in soup.

What are the best noodles for soup?

Traditional Italian dried pasta based on semolina and wheat, ideal for making hearty broth-based soups with vegetables, beans or meat, such as minestrone and pasta e fagioli. Smaller shapes like pipettes, elbows, mini farfalle and orzo work best.

What is the best rice noodle?

Amazon’s bestseller: Best Rice Noodles –

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