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

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


    Bangkok (Krung Thep Maha Nakhon), Thailand
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    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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