Purple Yam and Prawn Soup

Canh Khoai Mỡ Tép

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Preparation info

  • Serves

    4-6

    as part of a Shared Meal
    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

The Songs of Sapa

By Luke Nguyen

Published 2009

  • About

YAMS ARE OFTEN MISTAKEN FOR SWEET POTATOES, BUT THEY ARE NOT RELATED. YAMS CAN BE FOUND AT YOUR LOCAL ASIAN MARKET, THEY HAVE A BROWN OUTER SKIN AND STRIKING PURPLE FLESH. THIS DISH IS TEXTURALLY AND VISUALLY STUNNING.

Ingredients

  • 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) purple yam
  • 500

Method

First peel the yam, then, holding the yam upright and resting on a chopping board, use a spoon to scrape off the yam flesh from top to bottom, working around the whole yam until it has all been scraped (this is a traditional technique that gives the chunky texture needed for the dish; alternatively coarsely grate the yam).

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