Sweet Sour Soup with Fish

Aroma sweet, sour and spicy soup with fish is delicious authentic Khmer food. It easy to make, all you need fish with vegetables.

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  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of minced lemon grass
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 whole basa, catfish or any white meat fish approx 900 gram, cleaned and cut chunks, or 1 lb (450 gram) of fish fillet, cut chunks
  • 1/2 Fresh pineapple, diced, or 1 large canned chunk pineapple
  • 1/2 lb (225 gram) of fresh okra or 6 oz (170 gram) of frozen whole okra
  • 1 stalk of celery, chopped
  • 2 stalks of Asian rhubarb (taro stalk), sliced
  • 1 tablespoons of Knorr tamarind powder
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of fish sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced chunks
  • 4 oz (120 gram) of bean sprouts
  • 1 cup of chopped mix herbs; rice paddy herb, sweet basil and saw leaf herb
  • 1 stalk of green onion, chopped
  • 2 chopped hot chili pepper, or to your taste (option)

Direction to Make Sweet Sour Soup with Fish

  1. Heat up a large soup pot.
  2. When soup pot is hot, add oil and saute’ garlic till it brown, removed toasted garlic and set it a side. Add lemon grass, stirs, add water, cook till water bubbling.
  3. Put fish, pineapple(included pineapple juice if using canned) to boiling water, cook till fish tender.
  4. Add okra, celery and Asian rhubard, stirs well.
  5. Seasoning with tamarind powder, sugar, fish sauce, and salt.
  6. Add tomatoes and bean sprouts, stirs well.
  7. Top with mix herbs, green onion, hot chili pepper and toasted garlic before serve.

Serve hot with rice.

Note: For sourer soup add more tamarind powder, add more sugar for sweeter soup.

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