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Have you ever heard of red catfish? This is a very common fish in the central coast of Vietnam. Red catfish is processed into many delicious and nutritious dishes. In today’s article, we will find out what red catfish are, where to buy them, their prices in the market and delicious dishes made from red catfish!
What is red catfish?
What is red catfish?
The red catfish or pink alum is a brackish fish, belonging to the order bass, concentrated in tropical climates such as the Western Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Aden and Vietnam.
In Vietnam , we can find red catfish along the coast of the South Central Coast , mainly in Quang Nam, Thua Thien Hue, Nha Trang.
Characteristics of red catfish
The red catfish has an elongated body, flattened on the sides . Fish head and fish stalk are long and pointed, head is moderate, mouth is short, slightly obtuse, teeth are fine, small , evenly distributed in the jaw. The red catfish’s body is covered with round, short and soft scales. Dorsal and pelvic fins thin, yellowish. An adult red catfish has a size of 10-18cm, weight from 300-600g.
Nutritional composition of red catfish
Red catfish contains a lot of good nutrients for the body such as vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin D and protein, helping the body increase resistance and better absorption.
In addition, eating catfish will support the heart and reduce blood cholesterol because it contains a lot of omega-3 . Moreover, red catfish also limits the risk of osteoporosis, kidney stones, stroke , helps stabilize blood pressure and regulates the body.
Where to buy red catfish, how much does it cost?
Where to buy red catfish
Red catfish are imported and sold all over the country, especially in two big cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh.
Here are some places to sell red catfish in Ho Chi Minh:
- Food S1000FOOD – No. 4 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Dakao Ward, District 1, HCMC
- Trung Nam Seafood – 137 Nguyen Thai Binh, Ward 4, Tan Binh District, HCMC
- Hieu Seafood – 62 Nguyen Hong, Ward 11, Binh Thanh, HCMC
To choose the freshest fish, you should go to the big seafood markets early in the morning .
In addition, you can also order red catfish on e-commerce platforms and its preparations.
The red catfish is very popular. Depending on the season and size, the red catfish is sold at different prices.
- Dried red catfish is about 200 – 250 thousand VND/kg
- Bright red catfish about 100 – 180 thousand VND/kg
What do red catfish make delicious?
The red catfish is lean, the meat is also very nutritious, so it often appears on Vietnamese family rice trays. Some delicious dishes from red catfish must be mentioned as follows:
Red catfish braised with pepper
This is considered the most familiar dish made from red catfish. Braised catfish served with hot, sweet and fatty rice, naturally rich and chewy fish meat mixed with the pungent smell of pepper will make you eat from one bowl of rice to another.
Red catfish bought, washed, scaled, soaked in dilute salt water and then drained. Marinate fish for 10-15 minutes with pepper, chili powder, monosodium glutamate, sugar, fish sauce, cooking oil and fish stock color . Put the pot on the stove, cook until the fish boils, then let it simmer until the water is ½ water, then turn off the stove . You can add a little pepper on top to enhance the smell.
You can braise red catfish with turmeric, pork or honey depending on your preference!
Fried red catfish with lemongrass and chili
The piece of red catfish is deep-fried, the inside of the fish is firm, sweet, and the pungent taste of chili and lemongrass is the perfect combination.
Red catfish are also bought and processed in the same way as above . You can use a knife to cut the fish body to make the fish absorb more seasoning. Minced lemongrass and chili then marinate with spices for about 30 minutes. Put oil in a pan and fry the red catfish in oil, until golden, you can enjoy it.
Red catfish cake
Crispy red catfish, sweet, slightly spicy from chili and pepper . You can either fry the red catfish or cook it in soup.
After removing all the bones and scales , the red catfish is ground or pounded , add ground pepper, chili powder, salt, seasoning powder, and then use a spoon to spread it evenly . Divide spring rolls into small pieces and roll them into flat balls. Pour oil into the pan and fry the red catfish until golden brown. When eaten with chili sauce.
Red catfish is a delicious and nutritious food, with a lot of meat and little bones, so it is suitable for many subjects, including pregnant and lactating women.
Hopefully, through today’s article, you have pocketed the knowledge about red catfish as well as made a menu for your home meal with red catfish today. Read the next articles of Cfis.edu.vn for more useful information.
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