Fish ball and Cucumber Soup

November 4, 2022  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Fish ball and Cucumber Soup

Fish Ball and Cucumber Soup is a delectable and easily prepared dish that requires fresh or frozen grounded fish paste and cucumbers, readily available at local markets. The soup is characterized by its simplicity and delicious flavor, making it a popular choice for homemade meals.

To create this dish, a mixture of grounded fish paste, fish sauce, sugar, black pepper, vegetable oil, and chopped green onions is formed into small balls. These fish balls are then carefully dropped into boiling water in a soup pot. The soup is seasoned with fish sauce, sugar, and salt, and cucumber slices are added and cooked for approximately 5 minutes.

For an authentic Khmer version of the soup, minced lemon grass, creamy-style pickle fish (pahok), and roasted rice powder can be included when boiling the water. The soup is topped with chopped green onions, fresh cilantro, and a dash of black pepper before being served hot with rice or hot crusty bread.

Fish Ball and Cucumber Soup offers a delightful combination of the savory fish balls, the refreshing crunch of cucumber, and the aromatic herbs and spices. This simple yet flavorful dish is a perfect addition to any homemade meal.


1 lb (450 gram) of fresh or frozen grounded fish paste (sold at most Asian market)
2 tablespoons of fish sauce
1/2 tablespoon of sugar
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
2 stalks of green onions, chopped
4 cups of water
1/2 teaspoon of salt
3 large cucumber, cut in half and sliced
A handful of chopped fresh cilantro
A dash of black pepper

For authentic Khmer soup (with pahok)when water boiled add:

1/4 cup of fresh or frozen minced lemon grass
1/2 tablespoon of creamy style pickle fish (pahok)
1 tablespoon of roasted rice powder

Directions to make Fish ball and Cucumber Soup

  1. In a large bowl, mix grounded fish paste with fish sauce, sugar, black pepper, oil and green onion together, mix well, dips your hand in water to prevent sticking, take some marinated grounded fish rolls in to small ball,when done set a side.
  2. Cook water in a soup pot till water bubbling, carefully drops fishballs in to boiling water, stirs.
  3. Seasoning soup with fish sauce, sugar and salt, stirs well.
  4. Add cucumber and cook it for about 5 minutes.
  5. Top with green onion, cilantro and black pepper.
  6. Serve hot with rice or with hot crusty bread.
  7. Note:If you like pahok add lemon grass when you boiled water.
  8. Add pahok and roasted rice powder when you seasoning soup.
  9. Add cucumber and cook 5 minutes, top with green onion and black pepper.

Serve with hot rice

Enjoy it

Related Recipe: Pumpkin Soup with Fish

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2

Calories Per Serving: 677

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏60g 22%
Cholesterol ‏77mg 26%
Total Fat ‏35g 45%
Saturated Fat ‏8g 40%
Dietary Fiber ‏4g 14%
Protein ‏37g 74%
Sodium ‏3203mg 139%
Sugars ‏12g 24%


30 min


15 min




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