Shrimp & Red Lentil Chao Tom (Vietnamese Skewers) –

Shrimp & Red Lentil Chao Tom (Vietnamese Skewers)

  By lentilsorg  , ,     

December 3, 2018

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  • Prep: 20 Minutes
  • Cook: 15 Minutes
  • 20 Minutes

    15 Minutes

    35 Minutes

  • Yields: 10


  1. Marinate shrimp in fish sauce for 20 minutes. Wash shrimp and add to a food processor with lentils, salt, sugar, and pepper and grind to a paste.
  2. Mix paste with oil, and form around sugar cane pieces.
  3. Grill over a medium gill until crisp and slightly browned.
  4. Garnish with chile and cilantro and serve with sweet and sour sauce.

A simplified version of this recipe can be made using skewers and forming the shrimp mixture around the skewer, omitting the sugar cane.


1 lb (500 g) raw shrimp, deveined, shell and tail removed

4 Tbsp (60 mL) fish sauce

½ lb (250 g) split red lentils, cooked

1 tsp (5 mL) salt

2 tsp (10 mL) sugar

½ tsp (2 mL) black pepper

4 Tbsp (60 mL) canola oil

20 each, sugar cane pieces, 4 inches in length*

2 Tbsp (30 mL) red chile, sliced, seeded

½ cup (125 mL) cilantro

1 cup (250 mL) sweet and sour sauce


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 skewer
Sodium1110 mg
Potassium166 mg
Protein9 g
Cholesterol55 mg
Sugar10 g
Total Fat6 g
Saturated Fat0.5 g
Total Carbohydrates15 g
Dietary Fiber2 g