Gaeng Som Pla (Sour Soup with Fish and Swamp Cabbage)

Gaeng Som Pla (Sour Soup with Fish and Swamp Cabbage)


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About this recipe: This soup makes an easy light supper with some rice and an egg omelette. It’s also very healthy for you.

Toi Bangkok (Krung Thep Maha Nakhon), Thailand

Serves: 4 

  • 4 bird eye’s chilies, finely sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 4 shallots, finely sliced
  • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste
  • 500 grams white firm-fleshed fish, cut into 2 cm thick slices.
  • 5 cups swamp cabbage, washed well and cut into 4 cm sections
  • 8 firm tomatoes, cut into 6 sections each
  • fish sauce, to taste
  • lime juice, to taste

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

  1. Pound the chilies with the salt until pasty. Add garlic, shallots and shrimp paste, pounding each ingredient well, before adding the next.
  2. Heat 3 cups of water in a large pot. When it comes to a boil add the paste and the swamp cabbage. Cook for a few minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes. Bring back to a boil.
  4. Add the fish. Let simmer gently until cooked, about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Season the soup with fish sauce and lime juice to taste. It should be pleasantly sour and also a little bit salty.

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