After boiling pork to make Goi Cu Sen Non Tom Thit (Vietnamese Young Lotus Root Salad with Shrimp and Pork) I like to use the porky broth to make a simple soup. If you're not already boiling pork for another recipe, then I suggest using pork spare ribs instead.
I like the crunchy starchiness of lotus roots and don't need anything else besides salt and fish sauce to taste. Maybe I'll add a dried date for sweetness, but that's about it. A very basic soup for sure. Guess that's why these photos have been sitting around since June 2008.
Perhaps if I were to photograph this soup again I would add more ingredients. Or perhaps not. Canh isn't supposed to be hearty enough to make a meal. Just a light starter before the main course.
Canh Cu Sen (Vietnamese Lotus Root Soup)
For two to four servings, you'll need:
Canh (Vietnamese Soup Broth)
1 or 2 segments lotus root, peeled and thinly sliced
Follow my directions for basic Vietnamese soup broth and season with salt and fish sauce to taste. Add a dried date if you wish. Or, since you're already boiling pork, make Goi Cuon (Vietnamese Salad/Spring/Summer Rolls) and use the broth to make this soup.
Lotus roots look like this. Usually one or two segments is plenty for a pot of soup.
Peel the thin outer skin.
Then, slice thinly. Rinse thoroughly so the center parts are clean.
Then just add the slices to your broth, simmering on medium for about 15 minutes or until the lotus roots are tender to your liking. I like mine a bit crunchy honestly.
My other Vietnamese canh recipes:
Canh Bap Cai Bac Thao (Vietnamese Napa Cabbage Soup)
Canh Bap Cai Nhoi Thit (Vietnamese Stuffed Cabbage Soup)
Canh Bi Voi Tom (Winter Melon Soup with Shrimp)
Canh Bi/Bau Nhoi Thit (Vietnamese Pork-Stuffed Winter Melon Soup)
Canh Chua Ca (Vietnamese Sour Fish Soup)
Canh Chua Tom (Vietnamese Sour Shrimp Soup)
Canh Du Du (Vietnamese Papaya Soup)
Canh O/Kho Qua Nhoi Thit (Vietnamese Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup)
Canh Rau Cuu Ky (Vietnamese (Chinese) Boxthorn Soup)
Canh Tao/Rong Bien (Vietnamese Seaweed Soup)
1 year ago today, Ca Chien Sot Ca Chua (Vietnamese Fried Fish with Tomato Sauce).
2 years ago today, Nachos, Texas-style.
3 years ago today, I fell in love with the color of my Blood Orange Grapefruit Juice. Everyone else fell in love with my Hello Kitty juicer. :)