Sweet Sour Beef and Star Fruit Soup

Sweet, sour, spicy beef soup with green star fruit is Khmer Krom ethnic food. It is very tasty and easy to cook. Sweet juicy raw star fruit is great treat for snack. The villagers often uses star fruit for cooking, for medication purpose and food offerings. Khmer Krom likes to cook food with good symbol on New Year. Miracle star fruits are symbol for wealth and good health.

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  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 2 Cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lb (450 gram) of beef chuck, cut to bite sizes
  • 2 Tablespoons of fresh or frozen minced lemon grass
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of black pepper
  • 2 Cups of water
  • 2 Star fruit, trims the tips of skin on each wedge, sliced and removed seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon of Knorr tamarind powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of fish sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 Tomato, sliced
  • 1/4 lb (125 gram) of Bean sprout
  • 1 Stalk green onion, chopped
  • 6 Fresh Saw leaf herb, chopped
  • A handful of chopped sweet basil, and rice paddy herb
  • 2 Chopped hot chili pepper or to your taste (option)

Direction to Make Sweet Sour Beef and Star Fruit Soup

  1. Pre-heat a large soup pot with high temperature. When soup pot is hot, add oil and garlic, sauté till garlic turns brown, removed roasted garlic from oil, put it in a small bowl and set a side.
  2. Put beef and lemon grass in with hot oil, stirs well.
  3. Add salt and black pepper.
  4. Put water and cook till beef tender.
  5. Add star fruit to the soup.
  6. Seasoning with tamarind powder,fish sauce and sugar.
  7. Add tomato and bean sprouts, stirs well.
  8. Top with green onion, herbs, roasted garlic and chili pepper.

Serve hot with rice.


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