300 g. soft bone from pig (ribs)
2 tbsp. stock powder
2 branches lemongrass (diagonally sliced)
2 tbsp. sliced galangal
1 handful kaffir lime leaves
1 liter water
3 tbsp. fish sauce
2 tbsp. lime juice
1 tsp. dry chili powder
2 tbsp. sliced coriander and scallion
1 tbsp. sliced sawtooth coriander
1 crushed coriander root
1 handful beansprout (optional)
Cooking Instructions: (Video is at the bottom of this page)
1. Boil 1 liter of water. Once it is boiling, add stock powder, lemongrass, sliced galangal, kaffir lime leaves, coriander root.
2. Wait until it is boiling again. Then add soft bone from pig’s ribs.
3. Cook for 8-10 minutes with low heat. Let the lid open just a little bit, in case the water is leaking out when water gets too hot.
4. Now, turn off the fire. Scoop the soup and put it a a bowl. Add sliced coriander, scallion, sawtooth coriander, dry chili powder, fish sauce and lime juice.
5. Bean sprout is an optional when you want to have some veggies in your soup.
Remember to change the taste the way you like. I fight with mom all the time about the taste because mom doesn’t like it too sour but I like it super sour. 🙂 If you don’t like soft bone then chicken, fish, mushroom can be used as substitution. I have never seen anywhere add seafood into this kind of soup though.
Again, for the stock powder I use, I choosed Rod Dee from Ajinomoto brand. This brand has 32% of MSG, if you allergic to it or doesn’t want to have it in your food, then you can look for a different one which I show in the photo. At the time when I shop for the ingredients, I couldn’t find the one without MSG. awe.. it seems like this recipe should be called MSG Spicy and Sour soup, doesn’t it?
Anyway, with or without MSG.. it is up to you.
Talking about the used of MSG in Thailand, I guarantee that all restaurant in Thailand use it in the food. Once you tell them “NO MSG PLEASE”, some restaurant get mad and scold at you. I once got scold from one restaurant for telling them no msg, they said “the food wouldn’t be any good without it”. hmmm… ok
You can’t avoid MSG if you are in Thailand, unless you cook by yourself at home.
and below is a stock powder with no msg.