kaeng som phak bung phrik sod kab pla - sour fish soup
This is a simple hot and sour soup, made with the fish of your choice.
In Thailand the vegetable is generally phak bung (swamp cabbage), but if
you don't have that cabbage, kale, or even broccoli can be substituted
for chili paste:
3 tablespoons of finely sliced prik ki nu daeng (red birdeye or dynamite
3 tablespoons of finely sliced shallots (purple onions)
3 tablespoons crushed garlic
1 tablespoon of kapi (fermented shrimp paste)
a dash of fish sauce.
1 pound of fish, diced
2 pounds of vegetables
10 small tomatoes, skinned, seeded, and diced
3 tablespoons of lime juice
3 tablespoons of fish sauce
3 tablespoons of tamarind juice (or rice vinegar if unavailable)
3 tabelspoons of prik chi fa (green jalapenos) thinly sliced
1 tablespoon of a sour hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
combine the ingredients for the chili paste to a fine even consistency.
Wash and dice the fish.
Place the fish in a bowl, add the lime juice, fish sauce, tamarind
juice, Tabasco and chili paste, and leave to marinade for at least an
Bring two cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan or wok, and add
the liquid from the marinading fish, then add the vegetables and boil
for about two minutes. Adjust the flavour to taste (it should be a
little salty and a little sour, and as hot as you desire it at this
Add the tomato and bring back to the boil
Add the remaining ingredients, return to the boil, and stir occasionally
until the fish is cooked.
Special thanks to - Muoi Khuntilanont.