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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Cá Nục Kho Măng Tươi (Braised Mackerel with Fresh Bamboo Shoot)


Once in a while, I crave for Cá Nục (Mackerel) Kho (Braised) Măng (Bamboo Shoot) Tươi (Fresh).  I remembered as a little girl, I used to eat plain porridge  with Cá Nục Kho and it was so good.  It must have been 20 years since I last had it. This dish must have been jumbled along with other childhood memories somewhere in the recess of my mind only to be reminded recently by a scent of some braised mackerel.   

I'm fond of culinary bamboo in general; I love the distinguished smell of the dried bamboo and the crunch and  more subtle flavor of fresh bamboo shoots.  The combination of Cá Nục (Mackerel) and Măng Tươi (Fresh Bamboo Shoot) pairs well with one another.  Unlike the braised Mackerel that is left with little sauce after braising, I like mine with a generous amount of sauce so that I can enjoy it with Bún ( Rice Noodle) and assorted herbs and lettuce or roll it up with rice paper and dip it in its own sauce.

Salmon can be cooked in the same way but it doesn't go so well with bamboo shoots.  I usually braise just Salmon alone and it's still delicious.  For those expecting, Salmon would be the better choice of fish to consume.  Avoid Mackerel as it contains lots of mercury and is not safe.

Braised Salmon Belly 
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RECIPE: Cá Nục Kho Măng Tươi

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Ingredients


4 Mackerels, ask to have your fish clean, gutted and cut into halves
4 cups Water
3 Shallots, minced or thinly sliced
6 Cloves Garlic, minced or thinly sliced 
2 tablespoons Annato Oil, click here for recipe
1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder, optional
3-4 fresh red Chili Peppers
3 tablespoons Fish Sauce
1 tablespoon Mushroom Seasoning
3 fresh Bamboo Shoots, cut into strips
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Preparing Bamboo Shoot


Cut bamboo shoots into 4 inches chunk. Cut into half length and slice it.
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Braising Cá Nục and Măng Tươi


Heat a pan over a medium-high heat until hot then add annatto oil.  Add garlic and shallot and sauté until aromatic and softened.  Add bamboo shoots and continue sauté for about a minute.  


Add water and bring to a boil over high heat.  


Add fish and the remaining ingredients.  Be sure to add fish only when the water is boiling.  Adding fish before the water boils will produce a strong fishy smell.  Bring it back to a boil.  


Reduce the heat to  low.  Cover the pan with a lid and simmer for about 30 minutes.  

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Presentation


Enjoy Cá Nục Kho Măng Tươi with noodle, accompanied with assorted herbs and lettuce. 
It's so good when you roll up the lettuce, herbs, bamboo shoot and fish with rice paper and use the fish broth as a dipping sauce.  This versatile dish can also be enjoyed with a bowl of steamed rice.
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Bon Appetite!

10 comments:

  1. Thank you for the recipe. I happen to have some Ca' Nuc. but don't know what to do w/ it. This is going to be an awesome dinner.

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  2. Where can you find fresh bamboo shoots? Your recipe looks sooo good. The canned bamboo shoots taste so "tinny" so I don't touch them anymore. Thank you.

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  3. what is mushroom seasoning? Thank you!

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  4. here is a link to mushroom seasoning. There is a few brands out there. Look for the one that contains no MSG. As for this recipe, you don't need to use mushroom seasoning if you don't have it.
    http://www.veggie-world.com/OnlineShop/TO03-Mushroom-Seasoning-?5kAvsyp

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  5. I see it any most of the Asian supermarkets where I live. They usually soak it in a large container with bamboo shoots and water. Sometimes, they packed in the foam trays.

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  6. Such a very delicate food. I hope sometime we can also cook this food by the help of your recipes.

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  7. Hi Loan!

    I've just discovered your site when I googled "banh canh cua" recipes. You're blog is amazing! I've literally gone through ALL of your posts. I tried your mi hoanh thanh recipe on Friday night and it was delish. Your directions are so clear and easy to follow, especially with your numerous pictures.

    Thanks so much!

    Ngoc

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  8. Hi Loan! I am looking for a recipe to make banh bo and found your youtube tutorial, then you beautiful blog with lots of wonderful recipes! Thank you!
    I am so happy ^_^
    Wishing you a nice weekend!
    xxxx
    Hang

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  9. Hi Loan,

    I was looking for a recipe to make banh bo and found your youtube tutorial then your beautiful blog with lots of wonderful Vietnamese recipes! I am so happy!!!

    I live in Thailand where there are lots of food that look the same to what we have in VN but taste different and I miss our home food.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

    Wishing you a nice weekend!
    xxxx
    Hang

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