The epic Southeast Asian inspired Raya and the Last Dragon is out and the movie includes many iconic Southeast Asian foods, fruits, and vegetables. Watching this film made me think of a particular Lao food and was inspired to make gaeng nor mai som – a soured bamboo soup. Gaeng nor mai som is a traditional stew in Lao food made with soured bamboo, Lao basil, catfish, fresh bird eye chili, cherry tomatoes, and fish sauce!
Gaeng Nor Mai Som | Soured Bamboo Stew
- 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
- 4 kaffir lime leaves
- 2 stalks lemongrass ends chopped
- 1 pound of catfish cut into nuggets
- 8 cups water
- ½ tablespoon of salt
- 1 tsp of MSG
- 32 ounces sour bamboo shoots drained and sliced
- 3 tablespoon of fish sauce
- 6 stalks green onions chopped roughly
- 1-/1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
- 10 lemon basil leaves
- 4 Thai birds eye chilis
- 6 cloves of garlic
- 1 large shallots
- 1 stalk of lemongrass chopped
- Use a mortar and pestle to pulverize the Thai chilis, garlic, shallots, and lemongrass into a paste.
- Add some cooking oil into a pot and add in the paste. Stir it around until its aromatic.
- Next, add in the lime leaves and 1 stalk of lemon grass.
- Add in the catfish, and stir for a few minutes. Next, add boiling water into the pot to fill it. Bring it to a boil.
- Next add MSG and salt.
- Rinse the bamboo shoots in warm water to rinse. Add it into the pot. Stir it up.
- Note: If you use fish, you don’t want to mix it too much.
- Bring it down to medium low and allow it to simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add in the tomatoes and green onions. Allow it to simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Add fish sauce
- Add the lemon basil and serve