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Thai Orange Fish Soup (Hot & Sour)

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Thai Orange Soup
D.Schmidt
This beautiful soup is similar to hot & sour soup, only better! In Thai, it's known as "Geng Som Pla" - which actually means "Orange Fish Curry" - an ancient recipe from the Central Plains region of Thailand. It is a fiery-hot soup with both sour and sweet overtones that make for a lively combination, especially when paired with your choice of fish and/or seafood. Plenty of fresh local vegetables are another characteristic of this wonderfully healthy Thai soup. ENJOY!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 21 minutes

Yield: SERVES 2(main dish)/4(starter)

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups good-quality chicken stock
  • 2-3 small to medium fillets of sole, snapper, or any "white" fish, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 10 medium shrimp OR other shellfish
  • juice of 2 oranges, OR about 1 cup prepared orange juice
  • 2 tsp. tamarind paste (available at Asian/Indian food stores) OR 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. palm OR brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 2 cups baby bok choy or other Chinese greens, chopped if leaves are large
  • handful cherry tomatoes
  • handful green beans, cut into 2 inch lengths
  • 1 small zuchini, cut into matchstick-like pieces
  • 3-4 fresh orange slices, cut in half
  • PASTE: (blend in food processor, OR mince by hand)
  • 1 shallot OR 1/4 cup purple onion
  • 1/2-1 fresh red chili OR chili flakes to taste
  • 1 thumb-size piece ginger
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. ground white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. shrimp paste, OR 1 extra tsp. fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • generous handful fresh coriander (+ extra for later)

Preparation:

  1. Make the soup paste, either by mincing and stirring all paste ingredients together by hand, OR by placing paste ingredients in food processor and processing well.
  2. Warm a medium-size soup pot over high heat.  Drizzle vegetable oil in the bottom then add the paste you just made.  Stir-fry 1-2 minutes to release the fragrance, then add stock, orange juice, tamarind or lime, and sugar. When soup comes to a boil, reduce heat to medium.
  3. Add the firmer of the vegetables: the beans and "whiter" parts of the Chinese cabbage, if using. Simmer to 4-5 minutes, or until beans have softened.
  4. Add remaining vegetables, plus fish and shrimp. Simmer 2-3 minutes, until fish has turned firm and opaque-white and shrimp are pink and plump.  Finally, add the fish sauce. Tip: Don't over-stir at this point, as this will cause fish pieces to break up.
  5. Remove soup from the heat and do a taste-test. It should be spicy, salty, and sour with overtones of sweetness. Increase flavor/saltiness by adding more fish sauce (if it's too salty for your taste, add more lime juice); then work on adjusting the sour-sweetness balance. Exactly how sour or sweet your soup tastes will depend on the sweetness of your oranges/orange juice, and the strength of your tamarind paste/lime juice which is quite sour. Add 1 to 2 Tbsp. more brown sugar, as needed, OR up to 1/4 cup more orange juice (if juice is sweet). For a richer soup, add up to 1/2 cup coconut milk. If you'd like more spice and flavor, add a dollop or two of Thai chili sauce.
  6. To serve, ladle soup into bowls. Add several half-slices of orange to each bowl, then sprinkle over the fresh coriander.  (Note: Noodles can also be added).  ENJOY!
User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Better than Hot & Sour Soup!!!, Member fwmosher

The temperature here in our part of Nova Scotia was cool today, so i said to myself: ""Self, why not try Ms. Schmidt's new soup recipe, Special Sour Orange Soup."" And I did, verbatim! Didn't have to change any taste sense, it was perfect as written. My better half and I,(the husband) both love Hot & Sour Soup which of course, is mainly a Chinese recipe. This soup in our humble opinion, is even better, because laden with orange juice and orange slices, nutritionally, it is far superior. Wait for a cold day, and just do it! You will definitely be impressed as will whomever you serve it to!!

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