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Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Seafood)

Carp Cooked in Coconut Milk Recipe

(Ca Chep Nau Voi Nuoc Dua)

Ingredients : Serves 4

15 ml

1 stalk

1/2 teaspoon

1 clove

1

1/2 tablespoon

4

30 ml

120 ml

1

1 tablespoon

1

Vegetable oil

Lemon grass, peeled and finely chopped

Peppercorns, bruised

Garlic, chopped and crushed

Red chili pepper, thinly sliced

Ground cinnamon

Whole cloves, bruised

Nuoc Mam sauce

Coconut milk

Carp, large enough to serve 4, cleaned and gutted

Fresh coriander, finely chopped

Lime, rind and juiced

Method :
  • In the oil, gently fry the lemon grass, peppercorns, garlic, chili, cinnamon and cloves until the flavor is released - 2 minutes at the outside.

  • Add the Nuoc Mam sauce and stir in gently.

  • Remove from the heat and stir in the coconut milk.

  • Place the carp in a pan and pour over the coconut milk mixture. Add the lime juice and fresh coriander and stir.

  • Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the fish is cooked.

  • Remove the fish and place on a serving dish. Garnish with the strips of lime rind. Heat the sauce and boil for a few minutes to reduce and thicken.

  • Strain until a plain milk is left.

  • Pour this over the carp.

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