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Ca Kho To 1

Ca Kho To

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 3-4 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese


Ca Kho To or Vietnamese Caramelized and Braised Catfish in Clay Pot is a popular Southern Vietnamese dish made out of Catfish braised in coconut water, soy sauce and fish sauce with onions and garlic.


  • 700 g pound catfish, cut into sections
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • 1 red chilli, sliced
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp thick soy sauce or kecap manis
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 stalk spring onion, chopped
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • oil


  1. Generously cover fish with salt and set it aside for 15 minutes. Rinse fish with running water then pat it dry with heavy duty paper towels. Set is aside.
  2. In a wok add oil then sauté garlic until golden brown.
  3. Add the sliced onion on top of the garlic then place fish on top in one layer.
  4. Pour the coconut water, water, fish sauce, thick soy sauce and chilli bring to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes covered. Gently turnover fish and simmer for 5 to 10 more minutes uncovered or until liquid has reduced.
  5. Add the spring onions then serve, top with more chillies if desired.