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Vietnamese Fish Soup

Let's even keep our food adventurous. Meaning? Let's venture to dishes from other parts of the world. Can't be all the time Malaysian food? Sometimes we want the change? If you are asking me, yes and why not, what not and since fish is a regularity in my house, I? (Grilled Salmon, Assam Fish Curry, Malaysian Indian Fish Curry, Grilled Fish In Banana Leaf, & Shark Curry). I decided to food venture outside my comfort zone and? Vietnames Fish Soup (Mutton Soup). Nothing a complicated matter,  trust me especially for soup making (Lamb Pho). Even this Vietnamese Fish Soup. Very easy. Simmer and you get a mixed bag of spiciness, tanginess, sweetness and saltiness.  

400g threadfin/kurau fish - cut into bite sizes
1 inch ginger - crushed/smashed
4 shallots - crushed/smashed
1 lemongrass - bruised
1/2 tbsp lemon juice (or as needed)
3 to 4 birds eye chillies - optional
1/2 tbsp fish sauce
2 stalks spring onion - cut into 1 inch length
Palm sugar - a tiny piece
1 tbsp oil
1/2 liter of water
Salt to taste

Mix fish with crushed ginger, shallots and smashed lemongrass.
Heat oil and lightly fry fish for aroma relieving.
Pour water and simmer to cook fish.
Season with salt.
Add chillies.
Stir and simmer for another minute.
Remove from heat, garnish with spring onion.


  1. Simple, beautiful and healthy!! Looks wonderful~

  2. yummylicious nava.. the fish look's so tempting!!

  3. The lemongrass and the fresh fish in this dish does make me want to try it. I don't come across fresh fish, so consider yourself lucky to have easy access to healthy and tasty seafood. Great post!

  4. best friend know how to cook this . Her recipe very similar to yours

  5. This soup looks delicious. I bet it is perfect when you have a cold!

  6. I adore sour fish soup, I had something very similar in China. Great recipe, I'll have to try making this at home!

  7. Never had a fish soup.I wonder how it will taste like.

  8. What a delicious and comforting soup! Love this kind of fish soup Nava! This is similar to a Filipino dish called sinigang where we use tamarind or kalamansi(Filipino lime) to make it sour.

  9. Zesty and spicy--this looks perfect!

  10. Hi Nava! At first, I thought, "not to my taste", but then I read your ingredients list and it sounds delicious! Sadly, with my fish allergy I can't indulge, but what a delightful soup! You've won me over with this one!

  11. Looks comforting and delicious!Perfect for Winter.

  12. Yum. Yum. Nice soup! Psst... what a wonderful job you are doing with your blog Nava. Thanks for dropping by mine. :)

  13. hi nava, i like this, more like an appetizer, bacause of the sour taste.. have a nice day

  14. Thanks all you great people for the comments and sharing your thoughts.

  15. This looks similar to our fish sinigang here is my recipe, but instead of lemons we use tamarind as the souring agent

  16. I do love sour soups, they add a zing to your day.

  17. YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY!!!! I think this one is the easiest to try!

  18. I am always up for a good soup :)


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