Samlor Kor Ko

Samlor Kor Ko – vegetarian

This is a traditional Khmer dish, sometimes written also Samlor Ka Ko. This one is vegetarian, but chicken or beef can also be added. By the way, the vegetables in this recipe are just an example, you can put any vegetables you like. And how did this soup get its name?


  • 1 Asian egg plant in bite size chunks
  • 1 Bitter melon, remove seeds and cut into chunks
  • 2 Cups fresh pumpkin, peeled, seeded and cut in cubes
  • 5 oz. Frozen or fresh spinach. Chopped
  • 2 Slices galangal
  • 1 Kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 tbsp minced lemon grass
  • 1 tbsp mushroom sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp roasted rice powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder, or 3 pieces fresh turmeric roots
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 Cup coconut milk
  • 2 Cups water


Put coconut milk, water, lemon grass, galanga, kaffir lime leaves, turmeric, paprika and garlic in a blender and blend it.

Place eggplant and bitter melon in a soup pot. Pour the mixed spices sauce over, and cover the pot with lid. Simmer for 10 minutes, then add pumpkin and spinach. Cover and cook till the pumpkin is tender.

Season with sugar, salt, mushroom sauce and roasted rice powder. Stir well.

Serve hot with rice or hot bread.

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