Sweet Sour Spicy Star Fruit Soup

Delicious sweet, sour and spicy star fruit soup with Asian catfish is authentic recipe from Vietnam. Authentic recipe used tamarind pulps but I substituted for tamarind powder because it easier and faster to cook, and it taste just as good.

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  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh or frozen minced lemon grass
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 lb (450 gram) of frozen Asian catfish( rinsed well under water), or 0.50 kg filet basa or catfish (cut chunks)
  • 2 star fruits , sliced
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of Knorr tamarind powder
  • 2 tablespoons of fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tomato, cut chunks
  • 2 stalks of green onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of chopped rice paddy herb (ma-om)
  • 2 chopped chili pepper or to your taste (option)

Direction to Make Sweet Sour Spicy Star Fruit Soup

  1. Pre-heat a soup pot.
  2. When soup pot is hot, add oil, saute’ garlic and lemon grass for few minutes then add water, cook till water bubbling.
  3. Add fish, star fruit and celery to boiling water, stirs and cook till fish tender.
  4. Seasoning with tamarind powder, fish sauce and sugar, stirs well, add tomato, stirs.
  5. Top with green onion, rice paddy herb and hot chili pepper before serve.

Serve hot with rice.


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