Vietnam cuisine has tens of Rice noodle soup recipes which have different ingredients and cooking methods. Coming to Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam, do not miss tasting some Pho noodle soup – the national dish of Vietnam. In Hue in Central Vietnam, you should not miss the authentic Hue beef noodle soup. My Tho city in Tien Giang province in Mekong Delta region is famous for the impressive Clear rice noodle soup. And it will be a big chance to enjoy an outstanding Rach Gia rice noodle soup with fish if you are in Rach Gia district, Kien Giang province.
A beautiful Vietnamese folk song says:
“Ai về Rạch Giá, Kiên Giang
Ăn tô bún cá chứa chan tình người”
(“Let come to Rach Gia, Kien Giang
Eating a bowl of rice noodle soup with fish which show the hospitality of local people”)
The dish consists of the broth cooked from various freshwater fishes and fish bones, rice noodles, toppings (fish flesh, wild shrimp), vegetables, and herbs. Freshwater fishes caught in rice fields, lakes, ponds, swamps are used to cook this dish. Choosing fresh fishes is the most important step in cooking this kind of dish. Big and plumpy snakeheads which have sweet-tasty, tender but chewy, and very smelling are chosen. Boil snakeheads, separate the flesh and bones. The flesh is used to top the dish. The bones are ground, put into a cloth bag and used to cook the broth with other kinds of fishes which are smaller than snakehead. Cooked from fresh freshwater fishes, the broth is smooth, rich and very fragrant.
Rach Gia rice noodle soup with fish is topped with white snakehead flesh, yellow, buttery fish egg or steamed ground fresh shrimp and egg yolk, orange stir-fried peeled wild shrimp, and herbs, usually coriander and green onion. The dish is served with vegetables (shredded banana blossom), lime wedge, chili pepper (minced, sliced or whole).
The flavorful, healthy and energy-boosting, Rach Gia rice noodle soup with fish is a good choice for breakfast or dinner. The hot broth, the fresh vegetables, and tasty toppings attract the most difficult customers.
The broth cooked from various freshwater fishes and fish bones
Rach Gia rice noodle soup with fish is topped with fish flesh, wild shrimp
An impressive bowl of Rach Gia rice noodle soup with fish
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