Fried Fish in Tomato Sauce (Ca Chien Sot Ca Chua)
Southeast Asians loves fried fish, it’s a part of our cuisine for a long time. It’s one of the simplest dishes we serve in our dining table, sometime we enjoy it’s as simple as fried, some pair it with side dishes and some add sauce to give it more life like this post for example.
Ca Chien Sot Ca Chua is a Vietnamese style fried fish served in tangy tomato sauce, any fish can be used filleted or not but trust me it’s better not, and if you choose not filleted then I suggest eating it with rice without utensils.
- 1 large fish, scaled and gutted
- 2 large tomatoes, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 pcs shallots, chopped
- 1 tsp sugar
- fish sauce
- ½ cup water
- freshly ground black pepper
- In a wok heat up enough oil for frying the fish.
- Score fish on both sides then pat it dry, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Fry fish until crispy on both sides.
- Place fish in a serving platter then set aside.
- Drain oil from wok leaving 2 tablespoons then sauté garlic and shallots, add tomatoes and water. Bring to a boil then simmer until tomatoes are soft and incorporated with the liquid, reduce to a thick sauce adding water if needed.
- Add a teaspoon of sugar then season with fish sauce. Turn heat off then pour sauce on top of fish, serve.