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Vietnamese Turmeric & Lemongrass Fried Fish Fillets (Ca Chien Sa Nghe)

If you are not a whole fish kind of person, try this fried fish fillet recipe with lemongrass and turmeric. It’s quick. It’s easy. But most importantly, it’s delicious. This fillet fish recipe uses a marinade of fresh minced lemongrass, garlic, turmeric powder, sea salt, fish sauce and as always in Asian cooking, a bit of sugar to balance out the flavor. The fillets are lightly coated with corn starch then pan-fried to crispy perfection.

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Vietnamese Braised & Caramelized Catfish (Ca Kho)

Braised and caramelized catfish (ca kho) is a common side dish in a Vietnamese home-cooked meal. It’s often eaten with steamed white rice and plenty of fresh and boiled vegetables to dip in the braising liquid. For a complete Vietnamese family meal, this side dish is served with its sister soup dish, Vietnamese Sweet & Sour Catfish Soup (Canh Chua Ca Tre).

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Vietnamese Sweet & Sour Catfish Soup (Canh Chua Ca Tre)

Whenever I come home from traveling, I long for nothing more than traditional Vietnamese home-cooked food. And nothing's more traditional than Vietnamese Sweet and Sour Catfish Soup (Canh Chua Cá Trê) and Vietnamese Caramelized Clay Pot Cat Fish (Cá Kho Tộ). One fish. Two easy dishes. Add steamed white rice and you have a complete Vietnamese home-cooked meal. 

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Vietnamese Sour Soup with River Leaf (Canh Chua La Giang)

La Giang, also called River Leaf, mainly grows in Southeast Asian countries. During my recent trip to Vietnam, I made sure to bring some home with me. The leaves were boiled, frozen, and tucked neatly into my check-in baggage. Now when I have that craving for Canh Chua, I just thaw out my frozen boiled La Giang and I'm ready to go.

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Vietnamese Fried Fish with Lemongrass (Ca Chien Xa)

Fried Fish with Lemongrass or Cá Chiên Sả is the simplest way to have fish in everyday Vietnamese home cooking. The marinade is a simple mixture of lemongrass, garlic, salt, pepper and a bit of ground turmeric for color. Red pepper flakes are added for a spicy version.

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Vietnamese Fermented Fish & Seafood Vermicelli Soup Recipe (Bun Mam)

Bún Mắm is a far cry from Phở. A typical bowl of Bún Mắm includes rice vermicelli noodles, egg plant, shrimp, squid, pork belly and flaky white fish. It is often served with a plentiful platter of crunchy vegetables and Vietnamese herbs, limes and fresh chilies. What makes Bún Mắm stand out from all the other Vietnamese noodle dishes is the broth. The broth is murky, salty and flavored with the granddaddy of all Vietnamese condiments, fermented fish.

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Vietnamese Fried Fish with Tomato Sauce (Ca Chien Sot Ca Chua)

Fried fish in fresh tomato sauce (Ca Chien Sot Ca Chua). The combination of crispy fish and sweet-yet-slightly-tart tomato sauce is simply divine and a taste of childhood.

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Hanoi Fried Fish with Turmeric and Dill (Cha Ca La Vong)

Chả Cá Lã Vọng is Hanoi's famous fried fish with tumeric and dill. This dish is also known as Chả Cá Hà Nội, Chả Cá Thăng Long, or or just Chả Cá for short.

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Hawaiian Fish Tacos

Hawaiian fish tacos are crispy fried fish wrapped inside a flour or corn tortilla. Instead of pico de galo or salsa, the ones I had was topped with fresh mangos and a creamy creme faiche sauce. Initially, I didn't think I would like the sweet mango on top of my fish tacos but the sweetness of the mangos paired perfectly with the tartness of the sauce, which paired perfectly with the fish.

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