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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