Sweet and Sour Thai Fish Soup

ต้มส้มปลาดุก Tom Som Plah Duk

Sweet and Sour Thai Fish Soup
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Author: nang
Date: 1-31-12
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes
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This Sweet and Sour Thai Fish Soup recipe comes easily and quickly together for a weeknight meal. Tom Som Plah Duk is translated as Sour Sour with catfish. This tasty dish highlights the simplicity of using fresh ingredients to create complex flavors. It was a childhood favorite that has remained steadfast in my cooking repertoire.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons of cilantro, chopped finely
  • 1 small shallot, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3-inches of fresh ginger, grated on a microplane
  • 3/4 pound of catfish fillets, sliced into 2-inch chunks
  • 1/4 cup of tamarind concentrate
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons palm sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons scallions, thinly sliced

Recipe Steps:

  • In a mortar and pestle, finely pound cilantro, shallots and ginger and black pepper until you achieve a coarse paste.
  • In a medium sauce pan, bring water and cilantro paste to a boil over medium high heat. When it reaches a boil, reduce heat to medium. Add fish to the broth.
  • When the broth comes back to a boil, add tamarind concentrate, fish sauce, palm sugar and salt. Allow the fish to cook for about 8-12 minutes. Check the doneness of the fish.
  • Remove from heat Stir in scallions. Serve immediately.
  • Cook notes: if you want to add a level of spiciness add a dash of red pepper flakes to each soup bowl at the end.

Serving Size: 4
Preparation Time: 30 minutes

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