When Charles was rising up in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, each meal included a light-weight, brothy soup like this one. Its goal, he says, “is to stimulate the urge for food, a lot the best way…a crystal-clear consommé begins a basic French dinner.” Even on a sizzling summer season day, it is an effective way to begin a meal
Slice fish fillets into 1-in.-wide strips and place in a bowl. Add 1 tbsp. fish sauce and the cornstarch and toss to coat evenly.
Warmth oil in a big pot over medium warmth. Add shallots and cook dinner, stirring often, till simply softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook dinner one other 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, ginger, chile, fish skeleton and head, and a couple of qts. water; improve warmth to excessive and produce to a simmer. Decrease warmth to a low simmer and cook dinner, uncovered, 1 hour. Take away fish skeleton and head and discard.
Add fish strips and lime juice simply earlier than serving, then simmer 3 to five minutes, till fish is opaque all through. Style broth and add extra fish sauce in the event you like.