Plated Subscription Box Review: Vietnamese Caramel Fish with Vermicelli and Bok Choy

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The last meal in our box was the Vietnamese Caramel Fish with Vermicelli and Bok Choy. We usually stock most of these ingredients in our pantry so we wanted to try this recipe out to see if it was worth adding to our weekly meal rotation. Plus, it looks pretty freaking delicious!

If you want to make this recipe at home, here is what you’ll need:

  • 10 oz. tilapia
  • 1 lb baby bok choy
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1 lime
  • 1 thai chili
  • 2 scallions
  • 4 oz vermicelli
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tbps canola oil
  • salt and pepper
  • water

So this is what the dish looked like on their website. Pretty delicious looking, right? Our goal was to try and recreate this visual masterpiece as best we could.

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On their website, they also list out all of the ingredients they send as well as things you will need on your end to cook the dish. Usually, the “what you’ll need” section is comprised of things you should already have in your kitchen, even if you’re a starving college student. For example, this dish only requires salt, pepper, canola oil and water which are things that 99.9% of people already have in their pantry.

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For those who are calorie conscious, they even calculate those out for you.

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Now onto the prep and cooking!

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The instruction card walks you through step by step so it’s really hard to mess anything up.

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And because everything is perfectly portioned out, you don’t need to count or measure anything.

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Step 1: Prepare your ingredients. Halve the bok choy lengthwise and cut into 1/4 in slices. Next, mince ginger, halve the lime, chop your scallions, and finely slice your thai chili.

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Step 2: Cook your vermicelli. In a sauce pan, boil 6 cups of water. Place your noodles in a large bowl and once the water is boiling, pour it over the vermicelli and make sure everything is submerged. Soak until tender (~10 min).

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Once the noodles are done, drain and rinse under cold water for ~30 seconds and return to the bowl. Set aside for now.

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Step 3: Cook the baby bok choy. In a large skillet, heat the sesame oil and add in your bok choy. Season with salt and pepper and cook until tender (~3-5 min).

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Next, add the bok choy to your noodles and give everything a light toss.

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Step 4: Wash and dry your tilapia filets and season with salt and pepper.

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In the same large skillet (wiped clean), add in canola oil and heat until its shimmering. Add in the tilapia filets and sear on both sides until cook through (~2 min per side). Remove from pan and set aside.

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Step 5: In the same pan, add in your ginger, fish sauce, thai chili, light brown sugar, juice from 1/2 a lime, and 2 tbsp water.

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Stir to combine and bring everything to a simmer. Let the sauce reduce for ~ 3 min until it reaches a thin caramel-like consistency. Place fish back in the pan and coat evenly on both sides.

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Step 6: Put everything together. Place your vermicelli noodles and bok choy in a bowl and gently lay your filets on top. Finish with a drizzle of leftover sauce and garnish with lime and scallions.

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The verdict: This dish had mixed reviews. I actually really liked it but Selma didn’t particularly enjoy the tilapia. However, the best thing about this dish is that you can easily sub the tilapia for beef, pork, or chicken and it would still be delicious. Again, this is another one of those recipes that you can quickly cook up in no time with only a few ingredients so we will definitely be adding this dish to our weekly rotation.

Obviously, the results depends on the preparation and execution of the dish by non-professional chefs. But after all is said and done, I think we did a pretty good job following the recipe card. Some of the cooking times may be off by a few minutes but if you stick with the recipe suggestions and use a little common sense, you should be in the clear. Also, some of the ingredient measurements may have been modified so you can follow along at home (i.e. 1 packet = ~1 tbsp).

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And with that, thanks for reading and stay posted for our next meal subscription review!

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