Although frog tastes way better than chicken, nothing compares to the fatty fish (ca hu—love her blubbery gut. Hand me them cholesterols, baby.) when it comes to the Vietnamese infamous Sour Soup. Mom did a fabulous job with Canh Chua Ech, but still not as banging as the original Canh Chua Ca Hu. However, a glass of sweet, smooth, and fruity Cagnina makes up for the missing fish as well as complementing the acetic flavor of the soup.
One more thinng. Unlike my mom, I dislike vermicelli with sour soup. The two simply don’t go together.