Vietnamese Sweet And Sour Soup (Canh Chua) is a traditional dish that’s popular in Southern Vietnam – Mekong Delta. The dish has perfect blend of sweet, sour and spicy. The sour flavor is from the kaffir lime leaf and tamarind powder and the sweetness is from the crushed pineapple.
Sweet and sour soup with fish – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Sweet and sour soup with shrimp- Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
This soup epitomizes everything that is great about Vietnamese food. Vietnamese Sweet And Sour Soup combines all the wonderful abundance, incorporating seafood (such catfish, snakehead, eel, shrimp among others) along with colorful medley of tamarind, pineapple, tomatoes, okra, elephant ears, bean sprouts and a variety of herbs such as lemony ‘ rice paddy herb – ngo om” and “Vietnamese coriander – Ngo gai”. The use of fresh ingredients with a variety of different herbs and vegetables to provide different textures and flavors.
Hot and spicy Vietnamese “Canh Chua” is often served in a side bowl along with a plate of fish sauce and red chili. Enjoy Canh Chua with some steamed jasmine rice as part of a traditional Vietnamese meal or alone with some rice vermicelli noodles.
My home town is from Mekong Delta – Cai Be floating market. I remember when i was young, my family ate “Canh Chua” 3 to 4 times a week.
We love to eat fish dipped in chili fish sauce. It’s very tasty! Give it a try, you will never regret.
Mekong Delta is often referred to as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam due its huge production of rice crop. Vegetables, exotic fruits and fishing also feature prominently here. Life in the delta revolves around the river, and as such this is the only real way to view and understand it. Would you like to be driven there by Scooter and enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals, then taste seasonal fruit honey tea to the sound of “Southern Vietnamese folk music”, performed by locals?
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