Monday, 29 October 2012


Check out what we found at No Frills when the boys and I went shopping for our Vietnam stop:

Yep, the plan is a fish dish, and we were able to find fish from Vietnam.  Fintan pretty much yelled it out at the grocery store....."Mom! This fish came from our country" Yep, we got a couple of looks.

So, for our appetizer, we planned on making spring rolls, already a favorite in the house. But alas, when I pulled out the rice papers they were all broken:( So, we turned the spring rolls into a "De-constructed Spring Roll Salad"

 We drizzled the Nuoc Cham (salty-sour dipping sauce) over the salad.(recipe from
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Fish sauce 
  • 3 tbsp Lime juice
  • 2 tbsp Unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Sugar 
  • 1 clove Garlic, crushed 
  • 1 Chile pepper, sliced into rounds 
  • 1 tbsp Carrot, shredded 
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the water, fish sauce, lime juice, vinegar and sugar until the sugar is dissolve. Adjust seasoning, adding more lime juice if too sweet, more sugar if too sour and more fish sauce if it needs more salt.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients and let set for at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to mingle

The highlight of the meal was the Ca Kho To, or Vietnamese clay pot with caramel sauce Yes, that says carmel sauce. Yes, on fish. Yes, it was absolutely delicious. Quote from Fintan "Best dish since we started World Wednesday!!"
We don't have a clay pot, we used our camping dutch oven!

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