Vietnamese fried fish cake noodle soup (Bun cha ca) is tasty and satisfying. The fried fish cake is slightly crispy outside and springy inside. The tomato dashi broth is light in body, but it is packed with umami.
Fried fish cake noodle soup in tomato dashi broth
Vietnamese fried fish cake noodle soup (Bun cha ca) is tasty and satisfying. The fried fish cake is slightly crispy outside and springy inside. The clear broth is light in body, but it is packed with umami.
Vietnamese fried fish cake noodle soup (Bun cha ca) is tasty and satisfying. The fried fish cake is slightly crispy outside and springy inside. The tomato dashi broth is light in body, but it is packed with umami.
Fried fish cake noodle soup in tomato dashi broth
Vietnamese fried fish cake noodle soup (Bun cha ca) is tasty and satisfying. The fried fish cake is slightly crispy outside and springy inside. The clear broth is light in body, but it is packed with umami.
Servings Prep Time
3people 10minutes
Cook Time
30minutes
Servings Prep Time
3people 10minutes
Cook Time
30minutes
Ingredients
For the broth
  • 6cups water
  • 2pieces 4”x4” kombu
  • 3cups katsuobushi
  • 12oz ripe tomatoes
  • 1 1/2tablespoons fish sauce
For the fish cakes
  • 1lb walleye fillet (or other firm white fish fillet)(no bone, no skin)
  • 1/4cup dill
  • 1tablespoon coarsely chopped garlic
  • 1tablespoon coarsely chopped shallot
  • 4teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1/2teaspoon cornstarch
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2tablespoons olive oil
  • black pepper
Other ingredients
  • Dried vermicelli noodles
  • scallion, finely chopped(for garnishing)
  • dill, finely chopped(for garnishing)
  • cilantro, finely chopped(for garnishing)
  • more olive oil for frying
Instructions
  1. 1-2 hours before cooking, pat dry and put fish fillets in the freezer to make them cold and firm.
  2. Use a damp piece of paper towel to gently clean kombu. Please do not wipe off the white powder on the surface of kombu, it contains a lot of umami. Put kombu and water in a pot and place over medium heat. Bring it to a bare simmer then discard kombu.
  3. Add katsuobushi to the stock, bring it to a boil and then turn off the heat. Let stand for 10 minutes, then remove katsuobushi from the broth.
  4. Turn on the heat. Quarter tomatoes. Add tomatoes and 1 1/2 tablespoons of fish sauce to the broth. When it starts to boil, lower the heat, cover the pot and let it simmer.
  5. While kombu is being simmered in the step 2 above, remove fish fillets from the freezer, cut into smaller chunks. Place fish and all other ingredients to make fish cake in a food processor and process into a sticky mixture.
  6. Transfer fish paste from food processor to a mixing bowl. Knead for about 2 minutes into a smooth, dense and springy fish paste mixture.
  7. While steeping katsuobushi in the stock in the step 3 above, take 1/2 tablespoon to 2 teaspoons of fish paste to form thin patties.
  8. Place a frying pan over medium high heat. Add oil and fry fish cakes until the edge is crispy and both sides are golden brown (about 2 minutes each side). Transfer to a clean plate lined with paper towel.
  9. Prepare vermicelli noodles according to package instructions.
  10. Taste broth and adjust seasoning as needed. Place vermicelli noodles in serving bowl, top with fried fish cakes and scallion, cilantro and dill. Ladle the hot broth over noodles and enjoy.