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Sarah Tiong’s Tom Saap (Hot and Sour Pork Rib Soup)

Prep time 10 minutes Cook time 1 hour 30 minutes

Serves 2 people

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Ingredients

  • 500g pork ribs (cut into pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar 
  • 2 limes (for their juice)
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder (optional)
  • 1 birdseye chilli (add more if you like it hot)
  • 1 long red chilli (add more if you like it hot)
  • 1 tablespoon dried chilli flakes
  • 5 pieces sliced galangal
  • 4 pieces sliced ginger
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass
  • 5 Kaffir lime leaves (torn)
  • 2 roots and stalks of coriander
  • 3 eschallots
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • salt

To garnish

  • Fresh chilli
  • Spring onions
  • Chopped mint
  • Coriander

Method

  1. 1.
    Place pork ribs, garlic, lemongrass, galangal, ginger chillies, dried chilli, kaffir lime leaves and eschallots in a pot, and cover with water. Bring up to boil.
  2. 2.
    Season with fish sauce, sugar, salt and allow to simmer for 1 hour.
  3. 3.
    Add in coriander stalks and roots. Continue to simmer for another 20 minutes.
  4. 4.
    Adjust seasoning as needed. Add chilli powder.
  5. 5.
    Add lime juice, mix well and then remove from heat.
  6. 6.
    Garnish with thinly sliced chopped spring onions, fresh chilli and chopped mint.

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