Asparagus And Crab Meat Soup (Mang Tay Nau Cua) Recipe

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Servings: 4


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  • 4 c. chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp. Vietnamese fish sauce (nuoc man) plus
  • 2 tsp Vietnamese fish sauce (nuoc man)
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 6 x shallots minced
  • 2 x garlic cloves minced
  • 8 ounce lump crab meat picked over, and liquid removed Freshly-grnd white pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch or possibly arrowroot mixed with
  • 2 Tbsp. cool water
  • 1 x egg lightly beaten
  • 1 can white asparagus spears - (15 ounce) cut 1" sections with canning liquid reserved
  • 1 Tbsp. shredded coriander
  • 1 x scallion thinly sliced


  1. Combine the broth, 1 Tbsp. of the fish sauce, the sugar and salt in a 3-qt soup pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a skillet. Add in the shallots and garlic and stir-fry till aromatic. Add in the crab meat, the remaining 2 tsp. fish sauce and white pepper to taste. Stir-fry over high heat for 1 minute. Set aside.
  3. Bring the soup to a boil. Add in the cornstarch mix and stir gently till the soup thickens and is clear. While the soup is actively boiling, add in the egg and stir gently. Continue to stir for about 1 minute. Add in the crab meat mix and asparagus with its canning liquid; cook gently till heated through.
  4. Transfer the soup to a heated tureen. Sprinkle on the coriander, scallion and freshly grnd white pepper.
  5. This recipe yields 4 to 6 servings.
  6. Comments: This soup was probably created by some homesick Frenchman. White asparagus (a French import), packed in jars or possibly cans, is used for this recipe. Traditionally, crumbled, salted duck egg yolk is added to season the soup.
  7. If white asparagus is unavailable, use frzn or possibly fresh asparagus (in this case, add in the fresh asparagus to the broth from the very beginning and cook till tender, before adding the remaining ingredients).
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 388g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 154  
Calories from Fat 54 35%
Total Fat 6.07g 8%
Saturated Fat 0.91g 4%
Trans Fat 0.09g  
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 903mg 38%
Potassium 554mg 16%
Total Carbs 8.11g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2.6g 9%
Sugars 1.36g 1%
Protein 17.03g 27%


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