canh cà chua sườn

Highly motivated after watching Orphée, and determined to eat better to recover from this damn pollen season, i finally bought some ribs! (first time in life!) and wrestling them in the kitchen (first time too!) But there were precedent: little sister had visited 5 years ago to make one of the fav dishes, and on my trips to visit her during December last year as well as this past month, she made this soup again, so i kept close eyes on how to treat them ribs. So, here’s another fav soups of ours, which can be combined with noodles to make a noodle-soup dish out of it.

ingredients, to make 14L
– fish sauce
– 1,8kg baby back ribs
– 13 roma tomatoes
– 13 shallots , the biggish type
– scalions
– cilantro
– salt
– sugar
– black peppers

1. start boiling a big pot of water
2. put the ribs (cut along eyes) into the 14L pot, marinate with fish-sauce, sugar (not sure how much, i put some, i actually didn’t have sugar at home!), black peppers, thin slices from 3 shallots, let sit until the other pot nearly boils.
3. put pot with ribs on high heat, stir occasionally, let the rib seared (should take 5min? 10min? took me sometimes to stir…)
4. pour the 1st pot of boiling water in, bring to boil
5. scoop out all the goey foams at surface
6. put in diced tomatoes + peeled shallots
7. It should boil for 45min total.. i have never cooked ribs so didn’t know they don’t float :D, and kept waiting for them to come to surface.. hence the tomatoes got overcooked a tiny bit

(have your sisters and sister-in-law on chat lines to verify various steps can be very helpful!)
8. marinate to taste with fish sauce, turn off stove, put in green scalions, as shown at top figure

9. boil thin rice noodles. My sister bought these from 5 years ago, i love them, hollow on the inside.


10. 1 serving: with scallions and cilantro.  yum. works very well with Thai chili peppers.

About thả diều
writing-challenged opera-addict

6 Responses to canh cà chua sườn

  1. dehggial says:

    all I have to say is I love ribs 😀

    • thả diều says:

      you’d have laughed at how long i waited for them ribs to come to the surface 😉

      • dehggial says:

        😀 unrelated, do you have a tip regarding desk chairs? I’m in the market for a good one for drawing.

        • thả diều says:

          oh, perhaps the wrong person to ask, because i’m extremely picky about *very* low chair + shallow enough for back support + hard enough to not sink in… and i have only found 1 maker in the past 10+ years.. (sadly it’s also out of print, grrr) . that was the chair they nearly lost during my last move.. i think it’s very tricky and you’d have to try it out? b/c the chair i like apparently *nobody* cares for.

          on the subject of drawing, are you getting serious about drawing the balloon and need proper chair? 😀

  2. Anik LaChev says:

    *suddenly very interested in ribs*

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