Canh Chua Ca (Sweet and Sour Fish Soup)
- Ready In:
- 3 tablespoons tamarind paste or 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 7 cups water or 7 cups fish stock
- 2 tablespoons palm sugar or 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 2 large tomatoes, skinned and sliced
- 1 thick celery rib, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 10 ounces cod or 10 ounces white fish fillets, cut into bite size pieces
- 3 ounces bean sprouts
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped red chile
- sweet basil or fresh coriander leaves
- Steep tamarind paste in cold water from allowance and strain into pot.
- Or if using lime juice, add it to the water or fish stock.
- Combine liquid, sugar, tomatoes, celery and fish sauce, and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add fish, bean sprouts and chilies and simmer for 3 minutes.
- Serve in individual soup bowls and garnish with plenty of mint, sweet basil or coriander, or all three.
- Serve with a side dip of Vietnamese Fish Sauce (nuoc cham).
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Good recipe in a pinch that captures the essential sweet/sour taste. For true canh chua you must not leave out : ngo om (herb), okra, and bac ha ( taro stem or elephant ear stem). Celery is not quite the right flavour. Asian markets in large urban areas have these ingredients. Always serve with steamed rice on the side.