Cookbook:Canh Chua (Vietnamese Hot and Sour Soup)

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Canh Chua is the Vietnamese "Hot & Sour" soup. It is closest to the Thai and the Cambodian Tom Yum Soup although it is more sweet and sour than its spicier counterparts. Somehow each family has its own Canh Chua recipe and sometimes, members from the same family has their own; mine is different from my parents, which is different from their parents.

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

For soup[edit | edit source]

  • 1 whole catfish or other firm white fish
  • 1 quart (950ml) Water
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons Nước mắm
  • ½ cup (120g) sour bamboo
  • ¼ fresh pineapple – core removed, cut lengthwise and sliced

For marinade[edit | edit source]

  • 2 scallions, remove green part and reserve for garnish – crush white part
  • 4 teaspoons Nước mắm
  • 1 teaspoons salt

Garnish[edit | edit source]

  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped
  • Green part of scallions, chopped

Procedure[edit | edit source]

  1. Traditionally, the fish head is not removed, but if you can if you prefer. Marinate the fish for 15 minutes with the crushed scallions, black pepper, 1 tsp salt, and 4 tsp Nước mắm.
  2. Bring water to the boil. Add the sour bamboo and pineapple slices. Boil for 5 minutes. Add marinated fish and continue to boil for a total of 10 minutes. While the fish is boiling, add 2 tablespoons Nước mắm, and 1 teaspoon salt.
  3. For serving, the soup can be garnished with coriander and the green part of scallions.