Fish Mint Salad


The Recipe

Vietnamese name: Diếp cá or giấp cá
Botanical Name: Houttuynia cordata
English name: Fish Mint, Fish Leaf, Rainbow Plant, Chameleon Plant, Heart Leaf, Fish Wort, Or Chinese Lizard Tail.
Possible substitute: Baby spinach

Best things about this recipe: This ingredient simulates the aroma of fish


Preparation time: 15 minutes
Serves: For 2 – 3 pax



200gr fish mint 120ml orange juice 1 slice lemon
2 slices sandwich bread 10gr roasted peanuts
1 carrot



  1. Fish mint leaves, soaked with diluted salt water and drain. Peeled carrots, cut into rough julienne.
  2. Remove the stalks of the fish mint, wash and drain, and chop them finely – Mix the fish mint + a little salt -> spread on 2 slices of bread, then cut into small squares -> put in a pan and stir for crispy golden bread (croutons).
  3. Mix the water with the orange juice + 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir well -> taste if the orange is sour, add 1 teaspoon of sugar in, if the orange is sweet, squeeze some lemon juice in.
  4. Sprinkle moist mixture on fish mint and carrots, mix well for salad to infuse
  5. Place on a plate, sprinkle with peanuts and serve with delicious crispy croutons/toasts.



The sandwich bread should be kept separated, as the wet salad might moist the bread immediately.

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