Vietnamese Chayote Squash Soup with Pork Meatballs (Canh Su Su Nau Gio Song/Canh Moc) — Vicky Pham

How to Make it

Step 1: Toast aromatics

In a medium stockpot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and shallots. Sauté until fragrant (about 30 seconds).

Step 2: Add water

Carefully pour in the water. Be careful of hot oil splatters. Bring the pot to a boil over high heat.

Step 3: Add pork paste

Scoop the pork paste out with a small spoon and drop it into the hot soup. I typically use only half of the container of pork paste, but add as much or as little as you want.

Step 4: Add chayote

Once the liquid is boiling, add the chayote squash. Simmer for 5 minutes, or until chayote is tender.

Step 5: Season soup

Add sugar, fish sauce, sea salt, and MSG (if using), a little at a time to taste.

Step 6: Garnish

Garnish with chopped cilantro, and a sprinkle of ground black pepper.

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