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Papaya & Shrimp Salad ( Goi Du Du Tom ), Spicy & Sour Fish Broth ( Canh Chua Ca ) & Crisp Oven Roasted Chicken ( Ga Ro Ti ) - V

Posted Sep 27 2009 10:11pm

Vietnamese cuisine is known for its use of fish sauce and also the fact that a lot of rice, fresh vegetables, herbs and spices play dominant roles in its flavoring. And, despite popular belief that such food is essentially made using meat, there are same absolutely delicious vegetarian options one can savour well.

Shrimp & Papaya Salad (GoiDu Du Tom )
( Green papaya and shrimp salad tossed withchilli, lemon and roasted peanuts )


2 tablespoon fish sauce
2 tablespoon roasted and salted peanuts, coarsely crushed
2 teaspooncastorsugar
10 leaves of fresh mint, chopped
8 shrimps, blanches,deshelledanddeveined
6 coriander springs, coarsely chopped
5 garlic cloves, chopped
2 red chillies, chopped
1 carrot, shredded
1 medium size green papaya, shredded
Juice of a lime


Mix fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, chillies and garlic in a bowl. Then add the green papaya, carrot, shrimps and mint and toss it. Let the mixture season for a few minutes. Serve garnished with crushed peanuts and coriander.

Spicy and sour Fish Broth (CanhChuaCa )


4 cups fish stock
4 tablespoon Srirachachilli sauce
4 tablespoon fish sauce
2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1/2 cup castor sugar
4 cloves garlic, chopped
3 shallots, peeled and chopped
2 - inch long fresh pineapple, sliced at an angle
2 red chillies, chopped
1 large fish head, split down the centre and diced
1 large tomato, chopped
Dil springs to garnish


Heat oil in a sauce pan, add shallots, garlic and saute lightly till color turns golden brown.

Add tomatoes, stock and bring to a boil. Then throw in the fish head, Srirachachilli sauce, 2 tablespoon fish sauce, sugar and chillies.

Lower the heat and continue cooking for 8 - 10 minutes on medium heat.

Once cooked, add the rest of the fish sauce, pineapple and bring to a boil. Serve garnished with lime juice and dill.

Crisp Oven Roasted Chicken ( GaRoTi )


1 - 1.5 kg whole chicken

For marination:

4 tablespoon oil
2 tablespoon fish sauce
2 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon pepper corns, freshly ground
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon salt
12 cloves garlic, minced


In a bowl, whisk together oil, honey, pepper, soy sauce, fish sauce , salt and garlic.

Marinate the chicken with this mix. let it season for 12 - 24 hours in the refrigerator.

To cook, heat the oven to 350 * F and in a dish, let the marinated chicken roast for 30 - 40 minutes. Serve with sticky rice.

Recipe & Photo Credit - Elle
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