Thursday, October 08, 2009

Giant Catfish and Family Trips Home

A month after I visited Mesa Verde National Park - Colorado, my siblings and I made a family trip home. Before I get into another series of posts about Oregon, I thought I'd share these photos of the gigantic catfish that my father and his friend caught a few weeks before we arrived. My dad wanted to email the photos to my oldest uncle, but he didn't know how to download the pictures from his digital camera (he just uses it as a portable photo album), so somehow they ended up on my laptop.

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Of course, that photo doesn't really show the immense size of these catfish, so here's another picture with my dad and his friend holding up the fish. My dad is on the right. His friend, on the left, is also holding up a normal-sized catfish for comparison.

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Look at its mouth!

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A closer look with the regular-sized catfish in the middle.

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Crazy, yeah?

Anyway, so the night we came into town, my mom made banh xeo (Vietnamese sizzling crepes).

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My oldest aunt also brought over some cha ca (Vietnamese fish cakes) that she made per my mom's recipe.

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And my mom made mam so (Vietnamese clam sauce) with some razor clams that she and my dad dug on the Oregon coast. Besides the usual ingredients, she also added coconut juice, the sweetness providing a nice foil for the razor clams. Mmm. I loved this and liberally dipped my banh xeo into the sauce.

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All Oregon posts can be found with the tag Series: Oregon, but I suggest reading this particular trip in this order:
Giant Catfish and Family Trips Home
Mom and Dad's Garden Again
Pacific Oyster - Bay City - Oregon
Tillamook Cheese Factory - Tillamook - Oregon
Barview Jetty County Park - Rockaway Beach - Oregon
Searching for Tide Pools
Campfire S'Mores and Other Breakfast Treats
Dismantling Camp and Leaving Rockaway Beach - Oregon
Short Beach - Oregon and Home
Rice Krispies Treats
Chasing Waterfalls - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Behind the Scenes: Bob's Red Mill - Milwaukie - Oregon
Whiffies Fried Pies (Food Cart) - Portland - Oregon
Potato Champion (Food Cart) - Portland - Oregon

1 year ago today, Ko Hyang Tofu House - San Gabriel.
2 years ago today, lil' sis made funnel cake.


  1. your mom's banh xeo looks so good! and holy cow, those are huuuge catfish! i'm sure they made for a good lunch/dinner!

  2. CC,
    The giant mouths on the catfish are scary, aren't they? They were great baked in the oven.


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