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  • Author: Lan Pham Wilson



Noodle bowls:

  • rice vermicelli noodles
  • hard-boiled eggs (halved)
  • chopped cilantro (to garnish)
  • lime wedges (to serve)


  • 1 head of fish (if you had to choose, catfish is fine)
  • 1 lemongrass stem (bruised)
  • 2 garlic cloves (bashed)
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 3 TBL cooked chickpeas (mashed (i used jarred jovial))
  • 1 red onion (quartered)
  • 1/2 red onion (chopped)
  • fish sauce (to taste)
  • 1.5 lbs catfish fillet (cleaned and de-boned)

Spice paste:

  • 3 lemongrass stems (finely sliced, white part only)
  • 24 red chilis (to taste)
  • 1/2 red onion (rough chopped)
  • 4 garlic cloves (diced)
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger (peeled & sliced)
  • 1/2 cup grape seed oil
  • 2 tsp shrimp paste
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika


while the broth is simmering, make the paste: in a mortar & pestle, pound the lemongrass, chillies, chopped onions, garlic and ginger into a smooth paste. you can use a food processor for ease.

  1. in a saucepan, heat up the grape seed oil. add in the paste and saute for 20 minutes. you’re gonna question if the amount of oil is correct, and i’ll just say, i asked the same question and it worked out fine. stir in the shrimp paste, tumeric and paprika. add in the flaked fish, be gentle with mixing, cook on low for an additional 5 minutes.
  2. returning to the pot of broth, add the fish mixture to it. next, throw in the mashed chickpeas and chopped red onions. season with fish sauce to taste. stir to combine, and let simmer for 30 minutes.

to serve:

  1. cook vermicelli noodles according to package instructions. divvy into soup bowls.
  2. ladle soup over noodles, being sure to add in chunks of flaked fish.
  3. top with half hard boiled egg and generous smattering of chopped cilantro.
  4. spritz with lime juice.
  5. BAM!
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