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Sun Basket Vietnamese Cod with Rice Noodles and Mango Salad Recipe and Review

One of the meals I received from Sun Basket was a Vietnamese cod over rice noodles and mango salad on the side. They sent all the ingredients needed to make this dish, The only things I needed from my own pantry were cooking oil (I chose an organic olive oil), salt and pepper.

Here’s how it went!


2 6-ounce Pacific Cod Fillets

Marinade Base (fish sauce-turmeric)

1/4lb rice noodles

2 scallions

Fresh Dill

1 ounce roasted peanuts

1 mango

1 lime

Mango Dressing (fish sauce-lime juice-water)

1/2 tsp kimchi chile flakes

Pineapple-Anchovy Sauce (pineapple-anchovies-brown sugar-fish sauce-lime juice)


Here are all the ingredients Sun Basket sent to use.


This was pretty quick to make! I was surprised how easy it was! Plus, what I love is that I can make this again and again, because the ingredients aren’t hard to find!  Trust me… this one, I’ll be making again!

First, I prepped the cod. Cutting the fillets into 1 1/2-inch pieces.


Then, in a bowl, combined the marinade base (fish sauce + turmeric) with 2 to 3 tablespoons of organic olive oil. It tends to separate quickly, so you may have to whisk or use an emulsion blender stick. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the mix to use later with the noodles.


 Add the cod pieces to the bowl and gently stir to coat. Let stand while you prepare the noodles and mango salad.


Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the rice noodles and cook until tender, 4-5 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop it from cooking. Rinse again with very hot tap water to remove the excess starch, then rinse a final time with cold water to firm them up.


Trim the root ends from the scallions, cut the scallions into 1 1/2-inch pieces.

Remove any touch stems from the dill leaves.

Coarsely chop the peanuts.

Peel and pit the mango, Cut into chunks or slices.

Zest the lime, juice half and cut the other half into wedges.


In a bowl, combine the mango slices, lime zest and juice, mango dressing, and as much kimchi flakes you want. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.


In a pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon oil until hot, but not smoking. Add the cod with it’s marinade and cook until the fish begins to turn opaque, 1-2 minutes.


Turn the cod, add the scallions to the pan and cook till the cod is cooked through, 1-2 minutes longer.


Stir in the dill and remove from the heat.


To serve, transfer the noodles onto a plate or bowl. Spoon some of the reserved marinade over the noodles and top with the cod, scallions and dill. Garnish with the peanuts, and serve with the mango salad and pineapple-anchovy sauce on the side.


How amazing does that look?? It was so delicious! The cod was flaky, the sauce was very bright and flavorful. The noodles absorbed a lot of the flavors. I didn’t need to use much of the pineapple-anchovy sauce, but it was a nice addition. The mango salad was sweet and salty.


I will be making this again! It was very filling. Sun Basket does a great job on giving you the correct amount of ingredients for a full meal.I wouldn’t change a thing!


Sun Basket Unboxing Review

I can’t tell you how excited I was to open my Sun Basket box when the Fed Ex driver dropped it off. I was running around trying to get my children situated so I could get that bad boy opened.

If you don’t know what Sun Basket is, they are a meal delivery service based out of the West Coast that offers meals that are all organic, containing no hormones or antibiotics, humanely raised, fresh ingredients to make some fancy looking meals! They have a lot of different options to fit all diet needs. I personally chose a steak, shrimp and cod dish to try. I got 3 meals, each having 2 servings.

I received notice on Tuesday that my package was shipped and on Wednesday it was delivered. I was very surprised to feel that the box was cool to touch. Which made me happy. I was a little nervous on how all the works, considering they are shipping meat.

20160720_212641Well, there it is! Loved the box design. I think that’s initially what made me excited. It just screams… Open Me!

20160720_212919_resizedThe Box is fully insulated and was cool to the touch. I knew everything that was inside remained the appropriate temperature throughout it’s travel. Opening you can see that all three meals have their own back of ingredients. I thought this was awesome. How much easier can it get right?


Under all food bags was another cooler section that had freezer packs surrounding the meat! How smart!


The meat looked great. The best part that they are labeled with handling instructions and when to use by. So, even if your plan isn’t to cook right away, you’ll know when you need to do it by.

It comes with all the recipe cards as well and any tips you may need when it comes to cooking your food.


Here are the meals that I chose.

Vietnamese Cod with Rice Noodles and Mango Salad20160720_213343_resized

HERE it is made!! YUM!

Steaks with Frying Peppers and Gremolata


This was was delicious!

Cuban Shrimp Mojo with Lime Roasted Vegetables20160720_213849_resized

I am so pumped to make these this weekend! I will be posting all of the recipes so if you want, you can try to recreate these in your own home!

Overall. my first impression with Sun Basket is A+ with no complaints. The quality and freshness are wonderful! Now if I can just cook all of this so it can look like it does on the card… we will be in good shape!!


Thank you, Sun Basket!




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