Thursday, March 8, 2012

Chicken and mix vegetables soup (Somlor Machou Yurn)

Chicken mix vegetables Sour Soup
Somlar Machou Yurn

2 chicken breasts cut to bite site you can also use prawn or shrimp
1 small Wax Gourd cut to 1 inch long (Asian squash)
1 tomato slice it length wise
1/2 cup of fresh or can pineapple chunk
1 cup of water lily in a jar
3 pieces of sliced Galangal pound them flat to give flavor to the soup
4 cloves of garlic pound them flat
1 T of tamarind soup base
1 T of Knorr chicken soup base
3 T of fish sauce
1 t of sugar more or less up to you
4 cups of water or chicken broth
Herbs for garnish
2 Green onions cut to 1 inch long for garnish
2 Saw leaves cut to ½ inch long for garnish
1/4 cup of Thai basil cut to ½ inch long for garnish
1/4 cup of rice paddy herb for garnish
1 T fried shallots or garlic for garnish

In a medium pot bring the water or chicken broth to a boil.
When the water is boiled add galangal, garlic, cook on medium heat for 3 minutes to infuse the flavor
Then add the chicken cook until the meat turn white
Add Wax gourd cook until the gourd is tender
Add pineapple,water lily, tamarind soup base, fish sauce, sugar, cook for 2-3 minutes make sure the wax gourd is soft
Add tomato slices and fried shallots or fried garlic
Turn the heat off
Let it sit for 3 minutes with lid open (so the herbs don't cook all the way)
Then add Saw leaves, green onions, rice paddy herb, and Thai basil.
Serve hot with cooked rice.

Note: this soup will not taste right without the saw leaves, green onion, rice paddy herb, and Thai basil.

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