Place the noodles and beansprouts in a
heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water.
Leave for 4 mins, or until the noodles are
tender. Drain, then cool under cold running
water and drain again. Return to the bowl.
Stir together the lime zest and juice, fish
or soy sauce and sugar. Stir into the noodles
with the red onion and lettuce.
To make with mince, heat a little
oil in a non-stick frying pan and stir-fry 500g
minced pork, a small knob of grated ginger
and pinch cayenne pepper or chilli powder
for 10 mins, until the mince is browned and
cooked through. Mix into the noodles, divide
between four bowls and serve warm.
To make with steak, make the rice noodle salad. Heat 1 tsp
sunflower oil in a frying pan. Tip 2 tbsp sesame
seeds onto a plate. Rub 1 tsp oil into 4 x 175g
sirloin steaks and press into sesame seeds. Fry
for 5 mins for medium rare, turning halfway.
Leave to rest for 5 mins, then thinly slice. Toss 1
deseeded and shredded red chilli, and a handful
mint leaves into noodles. Top with steak to serve.