Sweet Sour Spicy Star Fruit Soup

November 6, 2022  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Sweet Sour Spicy Star Fruit Soup

Sweet, Sour, Spicy Star Fruit Soup with Asian catfish is a delectable and authentic Vietnamese recipe, showcasing a delightful combination of flavors. This dish features a convenient twist by using tamarind powder instead of traditional tamarind pulps, making it easier and faster to prepare without compromising on taste.

To create this enticing soup, vegetable oil is heated in a pre-heated soup pot, and minced garlic and lemongrass are sautéed until fragrant. Water is then added, and the mixture is cooked until it reaches a bubbling state. The frozen Asian catfish, or alternatively, chunks of basa or catfish fillet, are introduced to the boiling water, along with sliced star fruits and chopped celery. The ingredients cook together until the fish achieves a tender consistency.

The soup is flavored with Knorr tamarind powder, fish sauce, and sugar, creating a harmonious balance of sweet, sour, and spicy notes. Chunks of tomato are added to enhance the soup’s texture. Before serving, the soup is garnished with chopped green onions, rice paddy herb (ma-om), and optional chopped chili peppers for those who enjoy an extra kick.

This Sweet, Sour, Spicy Star Fruit Soup can be enjoyed piping hot with a side of rice, offering a delightful and flavorful dining experience. The use of tamarind powder not only simplifies the cooking process but also ensures that the dish retains its authentic and delicious Vietnamese taste.


1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon of fresh or frozen minced lemon grass
4 cups of water
1 lb (450 gram) of frozen Asian catfish( rinsed well under water), or 0.50 kg filet basa or catfish (cut chunks)
2 star fruits , sliced
2 stalks of celery, chopped
1 tablespoon of Knorr tamarind powder
2 tablespoons of fish sauce
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 tomato, cut chunks
2 stalks of green onion, chopped
1/2 cup of chopped rice paddy herb (ma-om)
2 chopped chili pepper or to your taste (option)

Directions to make Sweet Sour Spicy Star Fruit Soup

  1. Pre-heat a soup pot.
  2. When soup pot is hot, add oil, saute’ garlic and lemon grass for few minutes then add water, cook till water bubbling.
  3. Add fish, star fruit and celery to boiling water, stirs and cook till fish tender.
  4. Seasoning with tamarind powder, fish sauce and sugar, stirs well, add tomato, stirs.
  5. Top with green onion, rice paddy herb and hot chili pepper before serve.

Serve hot with rice.

Enjoy it

Related Recipe: Sweet Sour Water Spinach Soup with Fish

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2

Calories Per Serving: 700

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏44g 16%
Cholesterol ‏186mg 62%
Total Fat ‏38g 49%
Saturated Fat ‏9g 45%
Dietary Fiber ‏6g 21%
Protein ‏45g 90%
Sodium ‏2143mg 93%
Sugars ‏18g 36%


30 min


30 min




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