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Sour Spinach Soup (canh chua rau muong)

sour spinach soup

Canh chua rau muong is sour spinach soup, but I think it should be called sweet and sour spinach soup! Sour soup doesn’t sound as appetizing, and it is actually perfectly balanced with sweetness.

It’s a simple soup with water spinach that is sweet just as much as it is sour. And in Vietnamese cuisine, soup (canh) is served with Jasmine rice.

My uncle-in-law has a brother who grows water spinach, so he used to bring over this soup, and I would get so excited!! Now he just brings over the spinach, and I make my own.

Sour Spinach Soup (canh chua rau muong)

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 15 minutesCook time: 20 minutesServings:8 servings


It’s a simple soup with water spinach that is sweet just as much as it is sour.



  1. Soak dried shrimp in warm water for 10-15 minutes. If using fresh shrimp, you can add them with the spinach at the end.
  2. Heat a stockpot on medium heat for 1 minute. Add oil and garlic. Sauté for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add shrimp and tomato wedges and cook for a couple of minutes until tomatoes soften and release their juice.
  3. Add water and turn the temperature to high. Add all the seasonings: fish sauce, sugar, tamarind packet, and mushroom bouillon.
  4. Once the water boils, add all of the spinach and push to submerge it under the water.
  5. Bring it to a boil. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Serve with rice.
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