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Banh Canh Cua


  • Total Time: 105

Ingredients

Scale
  • 8 oz crab meat
  • 2 oz ginger, sliced
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 Asian pear, sliced
  • 10 dried anchovies &/or 24 tbsp of fish sauce
  • 12 tbsp of honey
  • 3 tbsp crab paste in soya bean oil
  • 1012 cups of water
  • 2 tsp of paprika
  • 2 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 3 tsp of sesame oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • Muslin bag(s)
  • Fresh banh canh
  • Fish balls, halved if desired
  • (optional) Shrimp
  • (optional) Kamaboko, sliced
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Green onions, chopped
  • Lime, sliced

Instructions

  1. 1. Stuff the pears, anchovies, & ginger in a muslin bag. Bring water in a large pot to a boil & toss the muslin bag to infuse for about an hour on low. Remove the muslin before adding the crab mixture.
  2. 2. In a mixing bowl, mix together crab, crab paste, paprika, cayenne, a little honey, a pinch or two of pepper, & 1 tsp of sesame oil. Set this aside while you sautée the garlic & onions on medium high heat.
  3. 3. When the onions have browned a bit, pour in the crab mixture & sautée for about 10 minutes & turn the heat down to medium. Pour this into the large pot of your broth.
  4. 4. Prepare the noodles as instructed to the package it came in.
  5. 5. After the crab mix has been stirred into the broth, add the fish balls, & fish cake into the soup. Cook on medium low for about 15 minutes. Taste the broth & add the remaining honey, fish sauce (ponzu sauce or soy sauce work well too), salt, & pepper to taste.
  6. 6. Ladle the soup into a bowl of freshly prepared noodles & sprinkle the cilantro & scallion (green onions) mix over. Enjoy with some Sriracha & lime!

Notes

  • If you’d like to add a more natural spice to it than Sriracha, try chopping some Thai green chilies or habañero & placing them into a separate muslin bag. The longer you seep the chilies, the spicier it’ll be. I’d recommend just seeping it for about 10-15 minutes. Always taste test!
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 75

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 6
  • Calories: 220
  • Sugar: 9
  • Sodium: 487
  • Fat: 8
  • Saturated Fat: 1
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 21
  • Protein: 18
  • Cholesterol: 68