Dining and Cooking: Catfish in Claypot (Ca Kho To)

Dining and Cooking:  Catfish in Claypot (Ca Kho To)


This is one of the Vietnamese comfort food which I always love among the Vietnamese Dishes…  Like I told my classmate Jenny L.  Sistah,  I’m half vietnamese, my tummy downwards is!  She would laugh at me when I say that.  It’s a result of over feeding me of vietnamese food in my school days at the Academy of Salon Professional.  I hanged out with the vietnamese triad for lunch usually.

So this Friday night, I planned to revive my Vietnamese side of me…  I prepared a dish called Ca Kho To, don’t worry I wouldn’t know how I would pronounce it too…  Just know it as Catfish in Claypot!  It’s a sweet and salty flavorful catfish dish.

I went to an Asian Supermarket to get a whole catfish and requested it to be cleaned and sliced to fish steak cuts.  Grab the rest of the ingredients and here’s what you can come up with…  It’s so easy to make, better to have a bit of time even if it’s a fish dish, the longer you cook it the more tender and flavorful.  Enjoy the recipe!

Ca Kho To – Catfish in Claypot


3-5 Lbs of Whole Catfish cut in fish steak slices

1 Cup of Coconut Caramel (Nuoc Mau)

1 Cup of Brown Sugar

2 Cans of Coconut Juice

1/2 Cup Fish Sauce

1 Clove of minced Garlic

1/2 Cup of chopped Shallots

1/2 Cup of sliced Green Onion

Cooking Procedure:

1.  Clean and dry catfish with paper towel.

2.  Pan sear each side of the fish and transfer to a pot arranging it in one layer not overlapping each other. 

3.Put to simmer adding garlic, onion, coconut juice, fish sauce and brown sugar.

4.  When it starts to boil, lower the heat and slowly cook it at least 30 minutes.  Please do not move or stir the fish.  You want to achieve a very tender and flavorful fish that you will scoop out very carefully from the pot.

5.  When the liquid starts to thicken a bit, add in green onion, fried garlic and fried onion to garnish.

So easy yet it’s so flavorful and comforting to eat for a great weekend!

Bon Appetit!

Happy New Year everyone!





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