Pork and Vegetable Soup

October 19, 2022  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Pork and Vegetable Soup

Pork and Vegetable Soup is a beloved dish in Khmer cuisine, reflecting the Cambodian penchant for soup, which is often enjoyed alongside plain rice in many meals. Despite the abundance of Khmer soup recipes, this particular one stands out for its deliciousness and simplicity, making it an accessible option for home cooks.

The ingredients for this flavorful soup include pork meat (cut into chunks), diced yellow onion, peeled and chunked carrot, water, peeled, seeded, and chunked chayote squash, fish sauce, sugar, salt, black pepper, and a handful of chopped sweet basil leaves. The cooking process involves placing the pork, onion, carrot, and water in a soup pot and simmering until the meat becomes tender.

Chayote squash is then added to the pot and cooked until it reaches the desired tenderness. The soup is seasoned with fish sauce, sugar, salt, and black pepper, enhancing the overall flavor profile. To add a fresh and aromatic touch, the dish is topped with chopped sweet basil leaves, providing a burst of herbaceous goodness.

The recipe emphasizes a tip for achieving a clear soup broth: removing any bubbles that form on the surface of the soup stock while cooking. Pork and Vegetable Soup is traditionally served hot with rice, offering a hearty and satisfying meal. The recipe concludes with a warm invitation to enjoy this delicious Khmer soup, reinforcing its status as a beloved and easy-to-make dish in Cambodian households.


1/2 lb (225 gram) of pork meat( shoulder or butt cut), cut chunks
1 yellow onion, diced
1 carrot, peeled and cut chunks
4 cups of water
1 chayote squash, peeled, seeded and cut chunks
1 tablespoon of fish sauce
1 teaspoon of sugar
1/4 teaspoon of salt
A dash of black pepper
A handful chopped sweet basil leaves

Directions to make Pork and Vegetable Soup

  1. Put meat, onion, carrot and water in a soup pot, and cook till meat tender.
  2. Add chayote squash and cook till the squash tender
  3. Seasoning with fish sauce, sugar, salt and black pepper.
  4. Top with sweet basil leaves.
  5. Serve hot with rice.
  6. TIP: For clear soup broth, removes any bubbles that form on top of soup stock while cooking.

Serve with rice.

Enjoy it

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1

Calories Per Serving: 485

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏28g 10%
Cholesterol ‏186mg 62%
Total Fat ‏9g 12%
Saturated Fat ‏3g 15%
Dietary Fiber ‏5g 18%
Protein ‏70g 140%
Sodium ‏2196mg 95%
Sugars ‏12g 24%


30 min


30 min




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