Cook the vermicelli in a large saucepan of
Boiling water for 5 minutes, or as per packet instructions.Turn off the heat and allow to stand in the water for another 5 minutes. Strain into a colander and rinse under cold water, then set aside to dry at room temperature, covered with a damp towel or plastic wrap.To assemble the salad, divide the bean sprouts evenly among 4 bowls, then top with the vermicelli. Finely slice the cucumber, then cut it into matchsticks. In a bowl gently mix the cucumber, perilla, mint and lettuce and place on top of the vermicelli. Dress with the dipping fish sauce and garnish with the spring onion oil, fried shallots and peanuts.
Finely slice the pork neck across the grain into 3 mm pieces. To make the marinade, bash the spring onions into a paste in a mortar. Combine the spring onion paste and remaining marinade ingredients, except the dipping fish sauce, in a bowl. Add the pork to the marinade and mix well. Marinate for at least 3 hours, or preferably overnight. To serve, chargrill the pork and serve on top of vermicelli salad and dress with the dipping fish sauce. Alternatively, wrap the pork and vermicelli in lettuce with fresh herbs, with dipping fish sauce on the side.
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