The epic Southeast Asian inspired Raya and the Last Dragon is out and the movie includes many iconic Southeast Asian foods, fruits, and vegetables. With my very Lao perspective, I made gaeng nor mai som (soured bamboo stew) which is similar to the stew in the film. Gaeng nor mai som is a traditional Lao stew 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