Thai Isaan Food Recipe: Fish and Rice Paddy Plant in Sour and Spicy Soup (Dtom Som Pla Sai Phak Kayang)

Fish and rice paddy plant in sour and spicy soup.

Fish and Rice Paddy Plant in Sour and Spicy Soup – Dtom Som Pla Sai Phak Kayang

This recipe made of my favorite aromatic rice paddy plant or Finger grass. I’ve got a guarantee from my husband that it has a nice taste. Easy to prepare! Here’s the ingredients for 2 servings.

1 whole fish (clean and , you may use tilapia or snapper – fish with soft and fatty meat will taste the best on this recipe)
1 big tbsp. stock powder see picture below of which kind to use. If you can’t find it, add 2 tbsp of light soy sauce.
5-6 cups or 1/2 liter of water
Finger grass as much as you like
10 chili (sliced or crushed) change the mount if you don’t like spicy.
1 handful cut scallion
1 handful sliced galangal
1 handful sliced lemongrass
1 handful shallot
1/2 cup fermented fish juice
1/2 cup lime juice
fish sauce

Green beans, onions, lemongrass, chilis, galangal - ingredients in many Thai recipes.

Fish, lemon, fish sauce Thai food ingredients.

Broth and Thai seasoning.

Cooking Instructions:
1. Boil 1/2 liter of water on maximum heat. Add chili, crushed shallots, galangal, lemongrass, stock powder. Shut the lid and wait until it’s boiling.

Lemongrass, onions, chilis, and Thai cooking broth.

2. When it’s boiling, add the fish and fermented fish sauce. Cook the fish until it’s done – 10 minutes approximately.

3. Add finger grass and scallion. Quickly mix it and turn the stove off.

4. Now in a small bowl, add 3 tbsp lime juice and 2 tbsp fish sauce. Pour the soup in the bowl and check the taste the way you like. It should have the balance of 3 tastes – sourness, saltiness and spiciness.

5. Serve with hot jasmine rice or sticky rice.

Author: Joy B

Sawasdee Ka! I'm Joy, the owner of Joy's Thai Food Recipe & Cooking blog. I have been cooking since I was little with my mom and aunts in northeast Thailand. I want to share my childhood Thai recipes with you. Please help me make this the best site I can by completing my survey! :) Joy To contact me use the email address below, or find me at Google+.

One thought on “Thai Isaan Food Recipe: Fish and Rice Paddy Plant in Sour and Spicy Soup (Dtom Som Pla Sai Phak Kayang)”

  1. thankyou Joy you would be surprised what gets called thai food here in western australia . my beautiful isaan wife and i enjoy your recipes and eat thai/ isaan every day thanka again mark

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