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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cá Hồi Kho (Simmered Salmon)

My brother-in-law is a great cook.   I have tastsed many of his wonderful dishes.  My children love his Roasted Pork.  Once a while, my oldest girl would crave for it. "Mommy, con thèm thịt heo quay của Bác Hiền quá." That  translates to "Mommy, I am craving for uncle Hien's roasted pork."  I have to agree with my daughter that his roasted pork is very appetizing: it's crunchy, juicy and so tasty; the skin is roasted to perfection.  I have to say his roasted Pork tastes better than most that I have eaten at the local restaurants.  

This is one of the dishes that I really want to learn, but so far have not been successful. My brohter-in-law has fail many times on making the roasted pork before he mastered it, so too I must try and try again.

my roasted pork experimental

He has many great dishes and the good news is I did learn one of them; It's so simple and yet so delicious to make. It's a simmered salmon dish.  This dish is ideal as it uses fresh salmon which is healthy for you. it does not require much preparation and does not require much time to complete.
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RECIPE:  Simmered Salmon
3-4 pieces of salmon
2 tablespoons Oil
2 tablespoons good Fish Sauce (prefer 3 crabs brand)
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1  teaspoon paprika (ớt bột)
1/2 teaspoon of MSG
2-3 whole chilli peppers, optional 
 3-4 White Part of Spring Onion (hành lá), finely chopped 
Green Part of Spring Onion cut about 1 inch long
Simmering Salmon

In a large pan, place 1 layer of the salmon slices.  Add the rest of the ingredients except the green part of green onion and cover the pot with a lid.  Bring it to a boil. 
As soon as the sauce is boiling, turn down the heat to low and let it simmer for about 30 minutes. 
Make sure to swirl the pot once a while so that the sauce distribute evenly on all the pieces of fish. 
Once the fish is done, add the green part of spring onion to the pot and it's ready to serve.

Enjoy Simmered Salmon with steamed rice and cucumber or lettuce and herbs!