Sunday, May 8, 2016

Canh Chua Ca (Vietnamese Sour Catfish Soup)


Prepare Catfish Steaks
1 tsp. minced Garlic
1 Tbsp. Fish Sauce
1 Tbsp. Oil
2 Catfish Steaks
Chili Pepper (optional

Soup Ingredients
1 Tbsp. minced Garlic
1 Tbsp. Oil
1 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Tamarind Powder
3-4 Okras
1 Elephant Ear Stalk
Bean Sprouts
Rice Paddy Herb
1 Tomato
4 1/2 cups Water

First marinate the 2 Catfish Steaks. Add 1 tsp. minced Garlic and 1 Tbsp. Fish Sauce.  Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit for about 15 minutes.

Peel and cut 1 Elephant Ear Stalk into slices and set aside. Cut 1 Tomato. Cut about 3-4 Okras and set aside.
Chop some Culantro and Rice Paddy Herb. You now should have your vegetables all cut and ready.

After 15 minutes pan fry the 2 Catfish Steaks. Add in 1 Tbsp. Oil into pan, pan fry until slightly golden and remove from heat.
Optonal you can add some Chili Pepper onto the Catfish Steaks.

Now using a clean pan add in 1 Tbsp. of minced Garlic and 1 Tbsp. Oil.  Saute until slightly brown. Add in the Tomato, cook on medium high heat.
Stir for about 2-3 minutes.
Remove from heat.

In a pot add in 4 1/2 cups Water. Add in the Tomato and Catfish Steaks.  Add in 1 1/2 tsp. Tamarind Powder, 1 tsp. Salt and 2 tsp. Sugar.  Bring to a boil.
Add in the Okras and Elephant Ear Stalk. Add in the Bean Sprouts about a hand full. Add in the chopped Culantro and Rice Paddy Herb.
Give it a quick mix and remove from heat to serve with family meal.

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