Spicy Sambal Pork Noodles

Spicy Sambal pork noodles is a delicious dish that combines the flavors of spicy sambal sauce, tender pork, and savory noodles. This dish can be cooked in a slow cooker or on the smoke.

sambal pork and noodles in a pan with chopped green onions sprinkled over the top

These noodles are one of our favourite comfort dishes. They are perfect for a rainy day or a cold, wintery evening. And it is so easy to make this dish because there is barely any prep time.

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Ingredients For Spicy Sambal Pork Noodles

This recipe has less than ten ingredients and is very simple to make.

  • Pork Shoulder. For the pork in the recipe, pork shoulder is used because it cooks really well in a slow cooker and is very tender when slow cooked, making it easy to chop or pull apart.
  • Sambal Oelek. This chili sauce packs some heat and is perfect for a noodle dish.
  • Garlic. Adding garlic helps to bring out the flavours of the chilis in the Sambal Oelek.
  • Ginger. The addition of ginger complements all the flavours of the sauce.
  • Brown Sugar. A little sweetness rounds out the flavour in this dish.
  • Soy Sauce. The saltiness of soy sauce balances out the heat and sweet of the other ingredients.
  • Limes. Both the zest and the juice is used in this recipe. The zest and juice are added to the pork while it cooks and some lime is reserved for squeezing over the noodles when served.
  • Ramen Noodles. Use your favourite ramen noodles to make this dish.
  • Green onions. These are added tot he finished dish for colour and flavour.

What is Sambal Oelek?

Sambal Oelek is a chili paste that originated in Indonesia. It is similar to Sriracha except that it contains the seeds of hot peppers and garlic and is thicker.

Typically made from red hot peppers and vinegar, Sambal Oelek has become popular in North America. Although there are different brands, Huy Fong Foods seems to be the most popular and is our choice when cooking with Sambal Oelek.

Is This dish easy to make?

Yes, these Sambal Pork Noodles are easy to make.  It may seem complicated but it really isn’t.

The pork cooks in the slow cooker so it doesn’t take a lot of effort.

Can This Dish Be Cooked On A BBQ?

The short answer is yes, this dish can be made on the BBQ or smoker. We have smoked the pork shoulder instead of slow cooking it.

To do this, we make the sauce separately in an aluminum pan that we can place on the smoker when there is about 30 minutes left to cooking the pork.

Then once the pork is fully cooked, it gets shredded like pulled pork and added to the sauce.

The noodles are cooked and added to the pan with the noodles and pork and served.

How To Serve Sambal Pork Noodles

To serve these noodles, it is best to serve them in a bowl while they are hot.

They are great on their own or with a side salad.

Add some steamed vegetables to complete a meal.

Storing Leftovers

Leftover Sambal pork noodles should be covered and refrigerated. They will stay fresh for up to 48 hours.

Reheating can be done in the microwave or in a pot on the stove. Additional liquid may be needed when reheating.

sambal pork and noodles in a pan with chopped green onions sprinkled over the top

Spicy Sambal Pork Noodles

A spicy noodle dish that makes the perfect comfort food.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Course Dinner
Servings 4 servings


  • Slow Cooker


  • 2 pounds pork shoulder, cubed
  • 3 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp grated ginger
  • cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup Sambel Oelek
  • ¾ cup soy sauce
  • 2 limes, zest and juice, divided
  • 1 package Ramen noodles
  • 2 green onions, chopped


  • Place the pork shoulder in the slow cooker.
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine the garlic, ginger, brown sugar, sambal oelek, soy sauce and the zest of two limes and juice from one lime.
  • Pour mixture over the pork.
  • Turn slow cooker on low and cook for 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high, or until the pork is cooked through and can be easily pulled apart.
  • Remove pork from slow cooker and pull apart or chop into small pieces, reserving the liquid in the slow cooker.
  • Cook ramen according to package directions.
  • Drain ramen and mix with pork and the liquid from the pork.
  • Plate the ramen and pork.
  • Top with green onions and squeeze of lime over top.


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