Thursday, August 12, 2010

Vietnamese Fish


This was my healthy choice at Pho Hoa-Eastwood a few nights ago---steamed Vietnamese fish with yellow beans.  The steamed fish is cream dory, a type of catfish of the Pangasius family, a relative of our Kanduli.  Cream dory or Basa fish is a native of the Mekong River Delta and its estuaries in Vietnam, it is also known as Tra in Vietnamese.  In Southeast Asia, cream dory is a common freshwater fish, but the success of the Vietnamese Basa or Tra in the US  and UK markets somehow give this fish a new level of recognition.  

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) had launched culture and propagation of this fish for our freshwater aqua-culture industry a few years ago.  It was BFAR's initiative in response to the government's Hunger Mitigation Program.  But I don't know if the poor could afford this fish or if it's easily available in the market.  And I am not sure if the cream dory in hotels and restaurants here  are still imported from Vietnam or were farmed locally.


 Posted for Food Trip Friday and Food Friday

15 comments:

Manang Kim said...

Grrr para akong lion dito na gustong sakmalin ang foodah sa harap ko hahaha!! Craving for fresh fish ^_^

maiylah said...

yummy! nakakagutom!
i think it's relatively cheap...but of course mas mura pa rin ang galunggong. :)

Photo Cache said...

i can't make out the fish. i haven't tried anything like this in a vietnamese restaurant. coincidentally, i've been craving pho for a week now so this weekend, we are making it at home. i'll try to take a shot.

Sunshine4Life said...

Ang sarap nito, Luna! Maaga pa lang nagugutum na ako.

I love fish recipes basta lang hindi yon sobrang bony na fish =)

hapi weekend!

Arlene
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☺lani☺ said...

Oh yummy! I love fish too!

Sreisaat said...

Masarap nga itong fish na ito! Marami din niyan dito as Cambodia.


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Dharma Shots said...

Oh, me too I've been dreaming of going to Pho for a while now...Looks like I really need to go...Thanks for the visit. FTF is down I guess.

Dharma Shots said...

And btw, where can you buy the fig newtons in Manila? I've been sending them to a cousin who's always on the crave for figs because she just can't find it even in Rustans.

Luna Miranda said...

@ Dharma Shots, i buy it from SM Hypermart. used to get it from Rustan's, too--no fig newtons at Rustan's? that's strange.:p

Mylene said...

Now, I'm missing phoa :D hehehe... a while ago it's Fazoli that I miss. Dami kasi kainan sa eastwood eh :D

mirage2g said...

They cost much the same as bangus belly from Cherryfoodarama :D

I regret not being able to see you :( Food trip talaga tayo no? (If only I knew how to drive and if lola didnt pass away, mas amdali for me) If you happen to be in Tagaytay try looking for Bawai's Kitchen, they serve yummy food too!

♥peachkins♥ said...

yumyum!
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♣☆♥Willa♥☆♣ said...

Sarap naman grabeh!!!
Di ba may Kanduli din sa 'pinas?

FilMasons NSW said...

Seems like a great dish... Basa is also commonly imported here from Vietnam. There are several email regarding this type of fish, which might not be true at all.

And fig Newtons; that's another favourite of mine from Gapo days...

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Newlyweds said...

one word..YUM...