Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Soups)

Shrimp and Watercress Soup Recipe

(Canh Sa Lach Soan)

Ingredients : Serves 4

1.5 liters

125 g


2 tablespoons


Few pieces

Fish stock or vegetable stock

Raw shrimps

Small shallots, finely chopped

Nuoc cham sauce


Leaves from 1 bunch of watercress

Method :
  • Pour the stock into a large saucepan and gently bring to the boil.

  • Peel the shrimps, de-vein them and set aside the shells.

  • Pound the shallots in a mortar. Add the shrimps, nuoc cham sauce and pepper.

  • Pound again to ensure the shrimps absorb the other flavors.

  • When the stock is boiling, add the shrimp shells and simmer for 5 minutes.

  • Remove and discard the shells, then add the shrimp mixture.

  • After about 1 minute, when the shrimps have changed color, add the watercress.

  • Simmer for 1 more minute and serve.

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