This dish tastes very much like pho (the delicious Vietnamese soup) when served over noodles. I ladled it over udon noodles and added a bag of mung bean sprouts (maybe 6 oz bag) to the slow cooker just long enough to heat them through. I served this with some typical pho accompaniments: I garnished with the scallions, added a squeeze of fresh lime to each bowl, then served with sriracha on the side to allow each person to add spicy/heat to taste. Do not omit the star anise...it is a key flavor in this dish and would be really flat with out it. To address another reviewer's complaint, if you trim the pork really well, this dish isn't greasy at all.