Sweet Sour and Spicy Shrimp Soup

November 3, 2022  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Sweet Sour and Spicy Shrimp Soup

Sweet, sour, and spicy shrimp soup is a tantalizing and easily prepared dish that offers a delightful combination of flavors. The recipe emphasizes the importance of tailoring the taste to one’s liking, allowing for adjustments in sweetness and sourness by adding more sugar or tamarind powder accordingly.

To begin the preparation, vegetable oil and minced garlic are sautéed in a hot saucepan until the garlic achieves a light brown color. This aromatic garlic oil is then set aside to be later incorporated into the soup, enhancing its overall depth of flavor.

In the soup pot, water and either fresh or canned pineapple chunks are brought to a boil, creating the base for the dish. The soup stock is then seasoned with Knorr tamarind powder, sugar, and fish sauce, imparting the characteristic sweet, sour, and savory notes to the broth.

The star ingredients, large shrimp and sliced Asian rhubarb, are added to the bubbling soup, allowing them to cook until the shrimp are tender. Further additions, such as tomato slices, bean sprouts, and a vibrant mix of green onion, rice paddy herb, sweet basil leaves, and optional chopped chili peppers, contribute to the soup’s texture and visual appeal.

The final touch involves pouring the previously prepared garlic oil into the soup pot, infusing the dish with the rich, savory aroma of garlic. The finished Sweet Sour and Spicy Shrimp Soup is served hot with rice, offering a delicious and well-balanced meal that can be customized to suit individual taste preferences.


1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
4 cups of water
1 cup of chunk fresh pineapple or 1 (8 oz or 113 gram) canned chunks of pineapple
1/2 tablespoon of Knorr tamarind powder
2 tablespoons of sugar
2 tablespoons of fish sauce
1/2 lb (225 gram) of large shrimp, peeled and de-veined
2 stalks of Asian rhubarb, peeled and sliced
1 small tomato, sliced
2 cups of bean sprout
1 stalk of green onion, chopped
A handful chopped rice paddy herb and sweet basil leaves
2 chopped hot chili pepper(option)

Directions to make Sweet Sour and Spicy Shrimp Soup

  1. Heat up a small saucepan on another burner, when it hot add oil and garlic, sauté garlic till it light brown color, when done, set a side.
  2. Put water and pineapple in a soup pot, cook till water boiling.
  3. Seasoning soup stock with tamarind soup base powder, sugar and fish sauce.
  4. Add shrimp and Asian rhubarb to soup stock, stirs well, cook till soup bubbling.
  5. Add tomato and bean sprouts, stirs well.
  6. Top with green onion, rice paddy herb, sweet basil leaves and chili pepper.
  7. Pour garlic oil into soup pot.

Serve hot with rice.

Related Recipe: Red Curry Shrimp and Tofu

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1

Calories Per Serving: 599

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏66g 24%
Cholesterol ‏324mg 108%
Total Fat ‏16g 21%
Saturated Fat ‏3g 15%
Dietary Fiber ‏3g 11%
Protein ‏62g 124%
Sodium ‏3132mg 136%
Sugars ‏39g 78%


30 min


30 min




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