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Served with jasmine rice and an assortment of flavorful garnishes, this soup can make a whole meal, and often does in Cambodia.

This recipe should serve as a guideline; add and subtract amounts and ingredients to your taste. The soup base can be made with all water, with one of the other liquids mentioned or with a mixture, depending on your preference. Once everything is chopped and ready to go, the soup takes no time to put together.
we use lotus root, celery, and a mixture of herbs also. you can add any vegetable you like, cut to bite size. taste it and add more sweetening or a little white vinegar to adjust the balance. if you need salt, you can add that or more fish sauce.

****** lime leaves and tamarind pulp concentrate are available at Asian markets and at some Whole Foods Markets as are herbs and other vegetables you may like. okra is also good in this soup.

Servings: 4 main course servings

Ingredients

•2 tablespoons tamarind pulp concentrate


•6 cups water, clam juice, fish broth or low-sodium chicken broth


•3/4 cup chopped lemon grass, finely chopped in a food processor or mashed with a mortar and pestle


•2 tablespoons fish sauce


•1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil


•2 tablespoons minced garlic


•3 to 4 medium shallots, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)


•2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger root


•6 ****** lime leaves (may substitute 2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest)


•1/2 peeled and cored pineapple, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks (about 8 ounces)


•3 small to medium tomatoes, cut into wedges


•3/4 pound firm white fish fillets, such as halibut, catfish or tilapia, cut into 1-inch cubes. salmon also works.


Directions

Place the tamarind pulp in a small bowl and add just enough hot water to cover. Let it stand 10 minutes, then mash it into a paste, discard the seeds and push it through a fine-mesh sieve.

Meanwhile, bring the 6 cups of whichever liquid you prefer to a boil over high heat in a large pot.

Combine the strained tamarind, lemon grass and fish sauce in a small saucepan over low heat and cook for 10 minutes or until the lemon grass has softened. Add to the large pot, discarding the lemon grass.

Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat and add the garlic. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring, just until it begins to brown. Transfer the garlic to the soup, then add the shallots and ginger. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 5 minutes, until the shallots soften (you will need to bring them up to the surface with a slotted spoon to check them). Add the lime leaves, pineapple and tomatoes, stirring to combine, and cook for 5 minutes. Add the fish and cook for about 5 minutes or until it is opaque and cooked through. Divide the soup among individual bowls and serve hot, along with garnishes of cilantro, chili peppers, basil, scallions and lime wedges.

hint: use the bottom half of the pineapple for eating. it's sweeter than the top half.
 

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Larry we gave it a try tonight. Followed the recipe as near as possible. Weva a Vietnamese market close. was a winner
 

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glad you liked it!! we make it healthy and add a lot of thai chilis too. that was my lunch today. my daughter spoils me!
 
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