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family meal is the most beautiful and
unforgettable memories of every Vietnamese it symbolizes for union and
love is a time where all family members sit around tables enjoy home-cooked food
and we talk to each other about our days as well as share stories of the past
meal is served all at once and shared among us besides steamed rice which is a
stable each meal would requires the balance between protein vegetables and
carbs and every meal should include a soup salty braised or fried dish and some
sort of vegetables either boiled stir-fried or pickled it could be quite
a headache if you have to think of this combination for every meal so in this
series I will introduce you some simple meals that my family have so you have
more ideas what to cook for your lunch or dinner tonight. Each meal will come with
a theme and for today’s menu we are going for seafood. One of the most wonderful
thing about living in a big city like Da nang is that you have access to really
great seafood is fresh from the sea and we can buy every morning even in the
afternoon really really fresh so today inspired from all the amazing seafood
that I found at the market this morning I’m gonna cook up really really
delicious and fresh seafood meal for my family and I hope you’re gonna enjoy it
for today seafood meal we’re gonna have fried fish in tomato sauce. Steamed squid
with a side dipping ginger fish sauce and some fresh green fruits and herbs and we’re gonna have seaweed soup with shrimp and tofu. Let’s start!
We’re gonna start off with the fried fish. I have here really huge and
beautiful pomfret fish from the market this morning. This is already
the smallest one! For frying is will splash a lot,
so it’s very important that you pat it dry with some paper towel. You want to
lightly season the fish on both sides, so it has some flavor and also sprinkle
some flour, so it will not stick and also to make the skin more crispy. Now in the
pan you can pour in quiet a generous amount or enough to cover the base of
the pan. One more trick to prevent it from splashing is that, you sprinkle some
salt into the oil. Keep the heat on about medium low and gently slide in the fish You can use one of these frying shield
to cover it to prevent it from splashing. Next we’re gonna prepare the
shrimp for the soup. Trim off the legs and the head. Peel off the skin and remove the vein These shrimps are still really fresh so
the skin still stick to the flesh. So you can put it into the fridge or the
freezer for just 5 to 10 minutes before peeling, it will be a lot easier. Next
we’re gonna season with some minced shallot a little bit of stock powder, some fish
sauce, about a teaspoon and some freshly cracked pepper. Mix it up Okay! When the fish is done on one side
gently flip it over. It looks very crispy! For the squid, just gently remove the
quilt and the innards. Peel off the skin and cut the tube open. Just score diagonal lines like this and then makes a cross then cut into about three pieces. So the fish is now really beautifully nicely golden brown, we can turn off the heatand remove it first I’ve washed the plate by the way! So we’re gonna pour out the oil that we fried the fish in, because it will be quite fishy. I’m not gonna use that oil. Use a piece of paper towel and gently wipe off the pan. Turn back the
heat on and add in some oil. Quickly mince up some garlic and add to the pan. Also
we’re gonna cut up some tomatoes and onion make a delicious tomato sauce
remove some of the seeds so it won’t be too sour and then we gently cut it into
slices into the panis goes right up some onion
to add some more sweetness into the song I just you half an onion to this we
gonna season with hundred TSP of sugar and 1 tablespoon of this sauce if the
sauce is to try you can add about 1 to 2 tablespoon of water
oh my gosh you smell amazing I love making tomato sauce because I love this
flavor and the smell it’s good enough really great balance between sweet and
savory when the tomato is slightly soft we can return the fish back and simmer
on low for like 3 to 5 more minutes until is absorbed that amazing flavor
from the tomato sauce okay so the fried fish in tomato sauce is done we’re gonna
move on to cook the soup and also why the squid hid the saucepan on medium and
a samuri you can stir fry the shrimp first fry some shallots so it’s nice and
fragrant then toss in the stream when the shrimp turn orange we can occur
in the water I also have here another pot of water to bring to a boy and
you’re gonna give this to by the art sweet act about four cups of water for
the seaweed I have soaked in water and then rings well you can slowly chop it
up so it’s easier to eat if the seaweed is too big I have here
one chip of treasured gram of actor foo cut it open and cut into about half an
English Rose what really sucks into the surface goes at the seaweed okay next
we’re gonna season the soup with about half a teaspoon of stock powder half a
teaspoon of salt and you can have a taste and not just adding more fish
sauce if you prefer when ice you come back to a boil you can turn off the heat
meanwhile the other part is also boiling we can add in a dash of vinegar the
vinegar will have to keep the squid in shape and also keep it have a really
nice white color make sure that the water is rapidly boiling when you add
the squid because we score it so when the squid is cooked it will curl up
really nicely into little beautiful flowers we can add a little bit of salt
to give it some flavor but don’t add too much because we’re gonna dip the squid
in ginger fish sauce later squid and other kinds of seafood cooked really
fast so just one is curves up and turns opaque that’s when you can remove
transfer the squid into a bowl of ice cold water to stop the cooking process
and also keep the squeezed plum me why we will also cut a piece of
ginger into strips you’re gonna quickly blanch the scallion
and the ginger to have some really beautiful flavor and top up to accompany
our steamed squid we’re gonna have a really exotic Asian ingredient of
Vietnamese ingredient this is to it yet it’s really taut and it’s always
accompanied with star fruit which is very sour so is the combine of texture
and flavor will make the dish really interesting further to eat yeah we just
peel like this and because it’s very taut so it ducking very fast so make
sure you do this really quick it’s very pretty and immediately you have to soak
it in a bowl of ice cold water and we like to add a dash of vinegar or plum
juice so the green star fruit you just remove the ball ends and trim off the
edges like that then we also slightingly into cute
little stars that’s why it’s cause the fruit you know very pretty if you want
you can also suck in the bowl of ice water to keep it crispy if you lit over
seas it could be very hard to find the green banana and star fruit so you can
replace with plantain and kiwi maybe otherwise you can always use cucumber to
add some crunchy texture and freshness and finally just make the teacher fish
sauce to dip the squid I have here about 2 centimeter of ginger two cloves of
garlic and one red chilli you can act in here about a teaspoon of sugar one more
teaspoon of sugar and about 2 tbsp of fish sauce lime juice remove some of the
remembrance from the line you will make the sauce look so there you have it we have brought all
the most amazing and freshest ingredients from the ocean to our dining
table I have here the fish the squid with so many colors and texture
everybody we have a bowl of rice to serve and we’re gonna share all the food
together I hope you enjoyed today’s episode and if you would like to see
more families time you like this on my channel please let me know in the
comment section below also don’t forget to thumbs up and subscribe for more I
will see you then in the next video why with the flavor of the sea is gonna
follow you to your dream

Randall Smitham



  1. S Do Posted on May 27, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    Love the family meal series!!! All your recipes are amazing! ❤️

  2. NaD Posted on May 27, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    I enjoy this series. I'm going to try all the fish dishes except the shrimp – allergic 😭, but will substitute scallops. Thanks for all your great recipes. 💕

  3. Brian Nguyen Posted on May 27, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    More family recipes please 🙂

  4. Sarojini Naidu Posted on May 27, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    I’ll b trying this out soon 😋

  5. Laila Wilfred Posted on May 27, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Definitely more of this!! Thank you Helan and love from Malaysia 🇲🇾

  6. suztheultimateq2011 Posted on May 27, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Love the family meal series! I find it very helpful. Nice to know how dishes are paired and how to create a complete meal – not just parts. Keep up the great job! Much love from the USA…

  7. FANtasy222 Posted on May 27, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    That ending lols!! 😂

  8. Zoe Asteria Posted on May 27, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Wow Gorgeous Meal!

  9. Victoria Nguyen Posted on May 27, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    So delicious ! But I'm allergic to seafood 🙁

  10. Hua En Posted on May 27, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    omg! yummy 😋

  11. Joe Vergara Posted on May 27, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Super like!!!

  12. C L Posted on May 27, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Love love love this family meal series! Thank you Helen!

  13. Joe Bungee Posted on May 27, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Helen, can you show us how to make bun? (rice noodles)

  14. Fernando M Posted on May 27, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Looks absolutely amazing

  15. Tracey's World Posted on May 27, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    More more more i love it im trying to make it just like you im in the states something are hard to fine

  16. Virtue Ethics Keep Reading! Posted on May 27, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Haven't seen calamari cleaned before, thank you!

  17. Phuong Tran Posted on May 27, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Please never stop this series Helen!! <3

  18. lisa cherrypie Posted on May 27, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Absolutely wonderful meal, thank you!!

  19. May Ngo Posted on May 27, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Beef family meal next! Love this series and all your videos 😍🤗

  20. Raya Chan Posted on May 27, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    eeew, u put the chopsticks in ur mouth then use it again to stir fry ???? 😐

  21. pomfret and pommes frites Posted on May 27, 2018 at 7:43 pm


  22. Chi Huong Posted on May 27, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    everyone in your family is so beautiful, your mom could pass as a sister ! seriously. fish and tomato go so well together … I like to cook down amaranth, carrot, tomato,onion ,ginger paste, in coconut curry with salted cod side of fried plantains , it's a Jamaican food but in changed it a little for my liking . I love to make the tomatoes super chunky. As a seafood lover , I really love your recipe, looks pretty simple too….

  23. Uyen Nguyen Posted on May 27, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Definitely more family meal episodes. I love your cooking recipes, style and charisma. <3 <3

  24. David Downie Posted on May 27, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    I absolutely love these family meals!!!!

  25. Sonia Vazquez Posted on May 27, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    Everything looks so good! Thanks for sharing ❤️

  26. yohlanduh Posted on May 27, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    The family meals are so helpful to know what dishes go well together. They're my new favorite videos to watch to introduce different Vietnamese dishes of my heritage to my non-Vietnamese husband and his family.

  27. Jonathan Longoria Posted on May 27, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    I can’t get enough of these family meal videos.

  28. Savannah Silvas Posted on May 27, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    I loooove this series! Reminds me of home cooked meals made by my mom. She always coordinated everything so that we would have a good balance of different tastes and nutrients. Plus she always made things in the correct order so nothing became cold! ❤

  29. Colette Mcwilliams Posted on May 28, 2018 at 1:08 am

    Thank you for sharing. I am really enjoying this series.

  30. Krista hanley Posted on May 28, 2018 at 1:33 am

    I love your Family meals Helen! Good job!

  31. LexLife Posted on May 28, 2018 at 2:53 am

    Em thử tìm thì từ Tiếng Anh cho “chát” là “Astringent”, mà không chắc lắm, chị nghĩ sao ạ? Btw, đồ ăn nhìn hấp dẫn kinh khủng khiếp, e cũng quê biển mà đang xa quê nên thèm quá xá

  32. Jinny Hoang Posted on May 28, 2018 at 2:55 am

    Great dishes. But it would take me 2 hours to prepare and cook the entire meal. 😬

  33. Bluewaves Posted on May 28, 2018 at 4:46 am

    Is helen married?

  34. einzgeisha Posted on May 28, 2018 at 5:05 am

    This all looks amazing! I love sea food (actually all the 3 you cook are what I commonly eat: fish, squid, and shrimp!) I will definitely attempt to make these when I can. Thank you for showing these dishes. I hope to see more family style dishes.

  35. einzgeisha Posted on May 28, 2018 at 5:08 am

    oh if you can try egg family meal, too, please. I am trying to learn more dish from you since my husband used to home dishes from his mom who born and raised in Vietnam. He said when he's sick before, he always go to the closest family style or Vietnamese chain restaurant we have in the San Francisco Bay Area in California to feel better.

  36. Nam Strickler Posted on May 28, 2018 at 5:53 am

    Watching your video make me homesick 😭😭

  37. Truong Anh Thu Posted on May 28, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Vietnamese food

  38. Quyen Tran Posted on May 28, 2018 at 10:15 am

    I replace star fruit with green apple.

  39. LaVie Vo Posted on May 28, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Hi chị Helen, can you please let me know where did you buy the seaweed? I'm also from Đà Nẵng city ☺️ Not living there anymore but just asking in case.
    Thank you for your series, it helps heaps ❤️

  40. Amoz chen Posted on May 28, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Yep the flavors of the sea is following to my dreams now… lol…

  41. maikor3 Posted on May 28, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    wow I learned so many tips to cooking, love it!!!

  42. TheAcademicChilly Posted on May 28, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Your family meal series is absolutely amazing!! Would be great to have family members cook with you too! 🙂

  43. Thu Anh Tran Posted on May 28, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Chị Helen có thể làm 1 serie công thức cho sinh viên ở ký túc xá ko ạ? 😀

  44. Satish Posted on May 28, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Nice meal. Well made.

  45. Karan Phan Posted on May 28, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    I’ll be in Vietnam this week. I would love to dine with you if you have time. I love all your recipes!!!

  46. Julie West Posted on May 29, 2018 at 2:46 am

    I love these family videos! I is so nice to see how a whole meal comes together. Keep them coming!

  47. Tien Phan Posted on May 29, 2018 at 5:59 am

    This is a great idea. Love love love the family meal series.

  48. Le Anh Blanchard Posted on May 29, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    I love the family meal series! Great idea Helen in giving us ideas and showing us the day to day life in Vietnam. I will def try the fish and squid dishes this weekend. Everything look so yummy 🙂

  49. P H Posted on May 29, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Love this series. Keep the family meals coming!

  50. Desi Bhukkad In Hawaii Posted on May 30, 2018 at 8:25 am

    Check this 👌🏻 https://youtu.be/Oh0zIxGbUOg

  51. Mai Lynn Le Posted on June 1, 2018 at 12:55 am

    ♥️♥️♥️ Thanks Chị. Đồ ăn Chị nấu ngon quá.Nhờ có Channel của Chị Em nấu đồ ăn vn siêu luôn ♥️♥️♥️

  52. davidpaw22 Posted on June 1, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Thank you so much for the meal recipes! I love these

  53. Nam Hoang Posted on June 1, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    viết gì đấy bằng tiếng a mà định mệnh k biết chút nào

  54. greeeneyes91 Posted on June 1, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    love this format! so unique 🙂

  55. Orange Joe Posted on June 3, 2018 at 12:31 am

    Why is Summer not at the family meal? Is she very busy with her new restaurant?

  56. Doodah Gurl Posted on June 3, 2018 at 5:41 am

    I LOVE the fish in tomato sauce growing up and still love it as an adult. It's amazing!! My dad always made it with lots more tomato sauce, though. Your tomatoes weren't very juicy and I think you needed a few more. 🙂 I love watching how you pull a whole meal together like that. I can never do it and I love that you have several dishes going at once and it's all synchronized and comes together perfectly at the end. Thanks for sharing this lovely meal with us, Helen!

  57. Vinh Li Posted on June 7, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Great jobs Helen, Bravo !!

  58. myfairy talegimail Posted on June 7, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Dinner meals please vegetarian or vegan

  59. vi3tbaybeegirl Posted on June 9, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    More of family meal please

  60. Sanchez Gomez Posted on June 26, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    What kind of fish was used please

  61. makemywayman Posted on July 4, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    really looove this séries ! i will try some of your recipe as always !thank youuuu

  62. HaiDuong Le Posted on July 4, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    thanks Helen for the great video! I love the family meal plan, keep up more video of the family meal plan…..love it

  63. hellotwinkie Posted on July 11, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    What is your favorite brand of Anchovy Fish Sauce? It would be good if you had an ingredients section on your website to give pple a visual… love this series!

  64. Tam Ngo Posted on July 12, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    E xem video của chị dc 7,8 năm rồi. Hồi xưa thì thích mấy món cari, phở, bún nhưng giờ có gia đình rồi lại thích xem seri Family meal hơn! Cám ơn chị H thật nhiều!

  65. Blueberry Muffin Posted on September 9, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    I love the series. 😀 I can cook even more Vietnamese dishes for everyday life. 😀

  66. Mai Thao Posted on November 4, 2018 at 5:48 am

    Yes! I love these videos!!

  67. Diana Nichols Posted on February 6, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    it's a joy to watch you