canh cà chua đậu hũ hẹ

mission accomplished with only 1/2 of the chives overcooked

mission accomplished with only 1/2 of the chives overcooked

A very satisfactory dinner! 🙂 This is one of many very basic vietnamese clear soups (canh) and is typically a staple in daily vietnamese meal. Yet I haven’t made it probably in more than 10 years for various reasons, but the primary being the inability to find chives. May be backing up a little bit, I typically don’t cook unless I’m traveling abroad, and as such normally will only cook what I can find in the local store. And I have wanted to make this for a long time for friends in Germany but apparently it was quite tall order to find “hẹ” (chives, the completely flat type, not round, not piramide in shape.. as they taste very different). One time back in 2008 we had to go to 7 different asian + local vegetable markets in Munich + Heidelberg and in the end had to settle for something very unsatisfactory (for a different dish, the vietnamese fresh spring rolls). In any case, at the current lovely stay, we have located a niiiiiiiice asian store within 5min walking distance, so here we are :-).
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