One of popular Vietnamese Dish Recipes in South Area is Fish Paste Hotpot (Lau Mam). You only eat once time and you will never cannot its flavor. The best combination between seafood and vegetable will bring an amazing flavor in your mouth. Especially in rainy days, enjoy this hotpot with vermicelli can make you feel warmer.
Fish Paste Hotpot - Lau Mam
So, are you ready for cooking? It will be a stunning dish for your family dinner. If you want to cook one of amazing Vietnamese Dish Recipes like this dish, please follow our instructions carefully.


300gr Moonlight Gourami Fish Paste (Mam Ca Sac) (You can buy at Vietnamese Markets)
800gr pig bone
500gr sliced half lean half fat (pig meat)
500gr silver cobber fish, clean and cut half
500gr Fresh Squid, rub salt around squids, clean and slice into shape (4*5cm).
300gr shrimp, clean and do not peel off the cover.
2 eggplants, clean, slice small (3cm)
3 bowls of okra and cowpea, clean and slice small (3cm)
1 bowl of coconut juice
3 cloves of lemongrass, smashed
1 tbsp minced lemongrass, 2 tbsp minced garlic, 3 chili
3 cloves of spring onion, 2kg fresh vermicelli
Olive oil, salt, sugar, fish sauce, pepper
Vegetable: shaved ong choy, banana flower, water momosa, knotgrass, bean sprout, scallion, ½ sliced pineapple, basil, hearleaf, lettuce.

Step 1: Making broth is the most important step to create amazing dish from many delicious Vietnamese Dish Recipes. So, you should follow us step by step please. Clean pig bone, put into cold water and boil it with medium heat. When it boils, use spoon to scoop dirty foam on the face of broth. Next, add a little salt and reduce the heat, simmer about 2 to 3 hours. Then, sift broth and throw pig bone away of broth.

Step 2: Use another pot, pour 2 liters water and boil, then add fish paste into water, boil with small heat about 30 to 45 minutes. Next, sift this broth to throw away small fish bone. Add more smashed lemongrass, coconut juice, and cook more 30 minutes.

Step 3: Pour oil into pan and fry garlic, shallot, and minced lemongrass until its color turn brown yellow and its yummy flavor spread out. Then, add more halt lean half fat, fish sauce, sugar and pepper into pan.

Step 4: Mix 2 broth of step 1 + 2 together, boil again, season again to suit your flavor.
You just finished the basic steps to create Fish Paste Hotpot (Lau Mam). Put all fish and shrimp into broth. Remember do not turn off the heat; you should use small heat to keep broth always hot. Then, put all vegetable into broth, cook about 2 minutes. And now, your amazing dish is already finished.
Fish Paste Hotpot - Lau Mam.
Fresh Vermicelli
When eating, use your own chopsticks to get each ingredient into your bowl, scoop a little broth, use with vermicelli, lemon juice and chili. In cold days, this dish is the best choice for you and your family. Are you satisfied with this recipe? Hope you like it and do not miss our new recipes about Vietnamese Dish Recipes next time. Good Luck for your cooking.

From Vietnamese Food Team.

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    Liem Nguyen 2014-08-25 16:32:22 Reply

    Ill have to say that this article is riddled with multiple gramma issues. Aside from that the writer tries hard to articulate the sensation of this dish but fail by lack of words to describe this. Also in the world of culinary which this is indeed en

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