Dried shrimp or Tom kho has been a very favorite food in Vietnam. In the past, Vietnam people caught a lot of shrimps in the wild so that they found a way to store shrimps for a long time. That may be the reason why they created Dried shrimp recipe. After being peeled, boiled, then dried under the sun for 2-3 days, the shrimps turn orange-pink, a little hard, a little salty and sweet. The food has an attractive smell and wonderful taste. Dried shrimps is not less delicious and nutrient-rich than fresh shrimps.
Vietnamese Dried shrimp can be eaten as a snack, served as a dish with pickles at meals or used to cook various flavorful Vietnamese dishes. At Tet festivals, Vietnamese people usually eat Dried shrimp with pickled leeks. Tom kho is also a great beer food. There are many soup, stir-frying, salad recipes with Dried shrimp. The most popular dishes from Dried shrimp are:
- Salad with pomelo and dried shrimp
- Salad with green mango and dried shrimp
- Salad with ambarella and dried shrimp
- Soup with malabar spinach and dried shrimp
- Soup with pumpkin and dried shrimp
- Soup with katuk and dried shrimp
- Young Chow fried rice
- Savory steamed sticky rice with mixed toppings
The best Dried shrimps are made in Phu Quoc island (Kien Giang province), Tra Vinh province, Nha Trang city (Khanh Hoa province), Vinh Kim district in Tra Vinh province and Rach Goc district in Ca Mau. Dried shrimp made from wild-caught shrimps is better than the one made from farmed shrimps. In Phu Quoc island and Nha Trang coastal city, Ca Mau province, they make Tom kho from the shrimps which are caught from the ocean. In Tra Vinh, Tom kho is made from the shrimps which live in lakes, ponds, rice paddies, rivers, channels. There are many families earning their livings on making Dried shrimp from generation to generation. Each family has its own secret recipe to make Dried shrimp.
Vietnamese dried shrimp is not only a tasty food but also a perfect gift for family members and friends for its great value.
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