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    Kaeng Som (Thai Southern Style Sour Curry)

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    30 mins

    15 mins

    15 mins

    Member #610488's Note:

    Kaeng som is probably the most well known southern dish within Thailand. Kaeng som actually translates as “sour curry”, but the predominate taste is usually that of spicy. Very spicy. I consider this to be probably the spiciest curry in the country (which says a lot in a country of spicy curries!).

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    Curry Paste Ingredients

    Rest of The Soup

    • 1 cup pineapple (sour slightly unripe)
    • 1 cup sour papaya
    • 1 1/2 cups fresh white fish, cut into bite sized pieces
    • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (may add more)
    • 4 limes, halved (may add less)
    • 1 tablespoon palm sugar (may add more) or 1 tablespoon brown sugar (may add more)


    1. 1
      Using a mortar and pestle (food processor), grind all of the curry paste ingredients together very, very finely (it is important to do this well so you won’t happen upon any large bits of chili in your soup!).
    2. 2
      Put the curry paste aside and prepare the soup ingredients. Thinly slice sour, slightly unripe pineapple. Dice the sour papaya into 1 inch cubes. Clean and cut some fish into bite-size pieces until you have about 1-1 1/2 cups.Set all of these aside. For your mise en place, you’ll need a bottle of fish sauce, 4 sliced limes ready for squeezing, and some sugar.
    3. 3
      Bring about 4 cups of water to the boil, add about half of the curry paste and stir and simmer until the broth is fragrant. Add more curry paste if necessary, but don’t add it all at once as it may be too much! Add the pineapple and the sour papaya. Simmer until they begin to soften, 3-4 minutes, and taste the curry. The pineapple and papaya should add a slightly sweet and sour flavor to the broth.
    4. 4
      Squeeze a few limes’ worth of lime juice into the broth until you reach a tolerable state of sourness. Remember, it is called “sour” curry, so there should be a definite sour taste, followed by spicy, salty and sweet. Add some fish sauce if it isn’t salty enough.
    5. 5
      Add your fish. Simmer until the fish is just done, 2-3 minutes, remove from heat, and you’re done! Serve with rice.

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    Nutritional Facts for Kaeng Som (Thai Southern Style Sour Curry)

    Serving Size: 1 (553 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 236.5
    Calories from Fat 14
    Total Fat 1.6 g
    Saturated Fat 0.1 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 972.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 57.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 9.1 g
    Sugars 31.9 g
    Protein 9.0 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    fresh turmeric

    shrimp paste

    fresh white fish

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