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Sour bamboo shoots braised conger eel is highly praised by everyone for its delicious taste

Sour bamboo shoots braised conger eel is highly praised by everyone for its delicious taste

During chilly days, being with family and relishing the enticing dish of braised conger eel would be the most wonderful thing. The rich and sweet flavor of the conger eel combined with the sour broth will leave you thoroughly satisfied.

Characteristics of conger eel



The conger eel from the sea is significantly larger than its freshwater counterpart. They are robust and aggressive, often referred to by fishermen as the "dogs of the ocean." Catching conger eel is challenging, and extracting them from nets is even more difficult. Experienced fishermen have their own methods to deal with them, hence the relatively high price of conger eel compared to other types of fish.


Nutritional value of conger eel


The flesh of conger eel not only tastes delicious but also offers numerous health benefits. It contains more protein than pork, beef, and chicken eggs, providing ample amounts of fats and especially rich in vitamins. In 100 grams of cookedsaltwater eel meat, you can find approximately 236 calories, 23.65 grams of protein, and 14.9 grams of fat. Additionally, conger eel meat is a source of various vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, lysine, omega-3, zinc, iron, and potassium.


How to cook delicious sour bamboo shoots braised conger eel


To cook sour bamboo shoots braised conger eel, you'll need the following ingredients:


  • 500g fresh conger eel
  • 300g fresh bamboo shoots
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 chili pepper
  • 1 purple onion
  • 1 coriander bunch
  • 1/2 lime
  • Seasonings: salt, sugar, fish sauce, pepper, scallions, cilantro, dried shallots.


Step 1: Prepare saltwater eel and ingredients


After purchasing conger eel, wash it thoroughly, remove the head, tail, and scales. Next, cut the fish into bite-sized pieces. Clean the fresh bamboo shoots, peel them, and cut them into small chunks. Rinse and dice the tomatoes and chili peppers. Peel the purple onion and slice it thinly.


Step 2: Cooking the Hot Pot


  • First, heat oil in a pan on the stove.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the sliced onion and sauté until fragrant. Then, pour the fragrant onion into the hot pot with 1.5 liters of broth (the broth can be made from pork bones or use plain water).
  • Note: When boiling the hot pot, regularly skim off any foam to keep the broth clear and more flavorful.
  • Season with an additional 1/3 tablespoon of sugar, 5 teaspoons of salt, and 3 teaspoons of seasoning powder.
  • Using the same pan, sauté the remaining garlic and onion until fragrant. Then, add the diced tomatoes and cook until softened.
  • Pour this mixture into the hot pot to simmer. Simmer over low heat, and for added spiciness, you can add chili paste and chili peppers.
  • Add conger eel into the boiling hot pot, then add coriander and cilantro to enhance the aroma.


Step 3: Enjoyment

The sour bamboo shoots braised conger eel can be enjoyed with vegetables and noodles. This dish is perfect for gatherings or weekends when shared with many people.


A tip for you is that fresh live conger eel tends to be more tender. Look for reputable seafood suppliers to purchase fresh live giant grouper fish. If cooking seems time-consuming, you can visit and relish the delicious sour bamboo shoots braised conger eel at Dai Viet Restaurant on Bui Vien Street, where everyone who tries it praises its deliciousness.


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