Canh Chua Recipe

Canh Chua Recipe


How To Make Canh Chua

Canh chua is a Vietnamese sweet and sour soup that features a unique combination of ingredients like pineapple, catfish, and pork.

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 2 hrs 30 mins
Total: 3 hrs


  • lb pork
  • 1 yellow onion
  • oz fresh tamarind
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 20 oz pineapple, (1 can)
  • 1 ginger, 1 inch long
  • lb catfish, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 10 oz elephant ear stem, cut into chunks
  • 3 tomatoes, quartered
  • 12 oz bean sprouts
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 oz rice paddy herb


  1. Add pork to a large soup pot. Cover with water until it just covers the pork. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Take out the pork and then throw away the water.

  2. Rinse the pot and add the pork back. Cover the pork with fresh water until it just covers the meat. Bring to a boil.

  3. Add the onion and simmer for 1½ hours. Make sure to check every 30 minutes for impurities. Scoop away any.

  4. While the soup is simmering, combine 1 cup of water and tamarind in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and let it simmer until the tamarind dissolves.
  5. Speed up the process by using the back of a spoon to crush the tamarind. Pour the tamarind through a fine mesh sieve into a small bowl. Set aside.

  6. After simmering the soup for 1½ hours, add the pineapple to the soup. Simmer for another 20 minutes.

  7. Put the catfish in and simmer for another 10 minutes until it is cooked through.
  8. Lastly, add the vegetables and tamarind mix. Bring the soup to a boil and serve with a side of white rice. Season with salt to taste, as needed.


  • Sugar: 29g
  • :
  • Calcium: 103mg
  • Calories: 769kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 39g
  • Cholesterol: 221mg
  • Fat: 41g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Iron: 4mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 18g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g
  • Potassium: 1726mg
  • Protein: 62g
  • Saturated Fat: 15g
  • Sodium: 766mg
  • Vitamin A: 974IU
  • Vitamin C: 100mg
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