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Somlor Machoo Srai

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Somlor Machoo Srai is a Khymer/Cambodian chicken soup with great flavours as is typical of this wonderful cuisine. Ma-Om or rice paddy herb gives this soup a unique flavour. Ma-Om or Phak kayang as it is called in Thailand or Rau ngô in Vietnam can be found in most Asian markets who catter to SE Asians. This herb has a unique flavour difficult to describe. I feel it is definitely lemony, with a certain tickling quality and some people like to describe it as sweet cumin or the air after a violent thunderstorm in summer or a sharp citrus odour.
Ingredients
  Fuzzy squash 1
  Lemon grass 1 Teaspoon
  Jalapenos 1 Teaspoon
  Rice paddy herb 1 Teaspoon (Ma-Om)
  Cherry tomatoes 1 Tablespoon
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm)
  Chile peppers 2 (Hot)
  Boneless skinless chicken thighs 2
  Fermented fish 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Tamarind soup base 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Chicken bouillon 1 Teaspoon
  Salt To Taste
  Sugar 1 Teaspoon
  Galangal root 1 Inch
  Turmeric powder/Turmeric root 1 Teaspoon
  Fish sauce 1 Tablespoon
Directions

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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Thai
Course: 
Side Dish
Method: 
Boiled
Dish: 
Soup
Ingredient: 
Chicken
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
35 Minutes
Servings: 
8
Story
A thousand years ago the Khmer Kingdom, which was centered in Angkor area, ruled an empire that included most of south-east Asia including much of Thailand. Many Thai and other regional dishes have their roots in Khmer cooking from that time! Khmer recipes go back to the days before the introduction of the chile, so are consequently much milder than some other Southeast Asian cuisines. The chile was unknown in Asia until the 16th century when it arrived with the Portuguese. Cambodian cuisine contains very little fat, making it one of the world’s healthiest cuisines. Now to learn more of this very special lady who is in the video visit her site and enjoy the lovely music. I have been a fan of years for quite some time! http://www.myspace.com/forg3tm3not770

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Somlor Machoo Srai Recipe