The Vietnamese rice tray is usually full of three dishes: braised, soup, and fried. There are many types of braised dishes that Vietnamese often cook in meals such as braised fish, braised meat, braised bamboo shoots… Traveling to Chau Doc, you will enjoy caramelized and braised catfish in an earthen pot, promising to bring you great food with a great taste for travelers.
1. Better to Know as a Food Lover
Find them: Chau doc City
Best time: Dusk-Dawn
Don’t miss: Caramelized and braised catfish
Local’s pick: Restaurant in Chau doc
Tourist’s pick: Chau Doc Night Market, Chau Doc market, Bay Bong 2 restaurant…
Facts: It is called caramelized and braised catfish because the main ingredient is river catfish stocked in a typical earthenware pot of the Mekong Delta people.
2. Better to Know caramelized and braised catfish
Nutritional value of braised catfish
Catfish has a lot of good lean protein that can support weight loss, is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that help treat neurological conditions such as poor memory, and especially in catfish there is a fairly large source of vitamin B12. This helps prevent heart-related diseases, treat anemia. Therefore, catfish is also suitable for different ways of processing such as cooking soup, baking or simply brazing.
3. Caramelized and braised catfish in An Giang
The soft and sweet taste of fish meat, the salty taste of the fish sauce and the spicy taste of chili have created the typical flavor of this dish. Nowadays, life is renewed, so clay pots are no longer used much, so people gradually store fish with metal pots, rice cookers… But for Southern people in particular and those who have eaten this fish dish, they are all granted, the braised catfish in the bowl still has a more distinctive and delicious taste.
4. How to Make caramelized and braised catfish
Ingredients for braised catfish
Green onions, garlic
Spices needed: fish sauce, sugar, salt, pepper, seasoning…
When you buy catfish, you will wash it, note that use salt to rub the fish body vigorously to release all the slime that sticks to the fish, then rinse with water again and then you cut each small piece so that you can eat it. Okay.
Garlic is cut and peeled, I only use about 2 small cloves of garlic and minced finely, scallions also just need to be washed and cut into 3-4cm pieces, remember to keep the onion head to store fish!
After preparing the fish, you bring the fish to marinate with 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon of colored water (here you can also use a little black soy sauce), 2 tablespoons of fish sauce, 1/2 tablespoons seasoning, if you have a slightly pungent taste, you can add a little pepper to taste! When all the above spices have been added, stir the fish well so that the spices are evenly absorbed and let the fish marinate for 15-20 minutes!
You prepare a little deep pan, add oil and garlic to high heat, then fry the garlic until fragrant, then add the marinated catfish to the island.
Then you add 1 cup of water and turn down the heat to low so that the fish can absorb the spices. Because a little water has just been added, at this step you will taste the seasoning again with sugar, fish sauce and pepper.
Next is to wait until the fish is cooked and the broth dries up, then turn off the stove, you should note that do not let the fish run out of water, just a little water is okay, then you will add the onion and onion. Leave it in, you can sprinkle a little more pepper to make the dish fragrant!
Step 4: Finished product
So we have finished the delicious braised catfish dish! This dish when served with hot white rice is absolutely delicious, when eaten, the fish meat will melt in your mouth mixed with carefully marinated spices that will make you stand still!
5. Pro tips:
Here are our tips for easing your mind (and stomach) around food-handling environments that you may not be used to.
Make sure the food is freshly cooked. If you’re eating hot street food, it’s always safest (not to mention more delicious) to eat food you can see being cooked to order.
Look for lines and busy stalls. Busy street food stalls are an indicator of popularity, and their high turnover rate means the food is never sitting out for hours and developing dreaded bacteria. Yes, long lines can be discouraging when you’re hungry after a full day of exploring, but it’s not worth the risk of grabbing precooked food from the empty spot next door.
Eat when the locals are eating. The last and most important element here is when to eat. You’re likely already on a weird eating schedule while you’re traveling, but it’s important to try and adjust to the eating times of where you are. A bowl of pho might be lunch for Americans, but it’s breakfast for the Vietnamese. This ensures that you’re eating freshly cooked food and that you can find the best and most popular places to eat.
If you can’t drink the water, then you can’t eat the salad. Most people get so hung up on not drinking the water or skipping ice in drinks that they don’t think about all of the other ways in which water is used in food service. Fruits and vegetables tend to be washed with tap water in most places, rather than the filtered water that locals drink—or sometimes it’s not washed at all. If you’re really craving some produce, try fruits you can peel or cooked veggies.
Trust your gut. If you’re unsure about the food or the way that it’s being prepared, then keep moving. Eating street food all over the world doesn’t make you an expert. Every stall and every country are different, and sometimes the rules can be harder to follow. When something doesn’t look, smell, or feel right, don’t eat it! Trust your judgment. Chances are that there’s another spot close by that’s making something more delicious.
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Hopefully, the above tips will help you to come up with a great plan for your adventure in Mekong River Delta, Vietnam. Have a safe trip!
“Sleep less, travel more, respect more” – Thomas Vietnam – Local travel expert.