Khmer Lemon Grass Soup


  • 900ml Water
  • 2 stalks of Fresh Lemon Grass
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 tsp Fish Sauce
  • 50g Rice
  • 5cm Fresh Galangal or 1 teasp Dried Galangal
  • Pepper
  • 2 boneless Chicken Breasts, skinned and diced
  • 4 Spring Onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Freshly chopped Basil
  • The juice of half a Lemon
  • Chili paste (to taste)
  • 1 teasp freshly chopped Coriander
  • 5 Kaffir Lime leaves or 2 teasp of grated lime peel


Put water, lemon grass, garlic, fish sauce, rice, galangal and pepper in a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the chicken, mixing well and cook for 10 minutes, skimming off any white froth which forms. Place the spring onions, basil lemon juice, chili paste, coriander and lime leaves in a large serving bowl and mix well.

To serve, pour the soup over the onion mixture in the serving bowl, mix well and serve immediately.

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