Tuk Kroeung Sadao or Neem Tree Salad

January 21, 2023  Cambodia Recipe Avatar
Tuk Kroeung Sadao or Neem Tree Salad

Many Khmer people love Tuk Kroeung or Neem Tree Salad, but some don’t know that there is 2 different kind of Tuk Kroeung. Tuk Kroeung Pka Sadao make with tamarind and palm sugar not with lime juice. My parents and grandparents love Tuk Kroeung with Fresh Pka Sadao. I don’t have the exact recipe; do adjust to the number of people in your family.


1 cup of grill Tilapia, mud fish or cat fish
1 lime juice or more up to you
5 garlic cloves grilled (dot or ang or fry)
4 Thai chilies up to you
1 to 2 tablespoon of tamarind concentrate or ripe tamarind juice
1 tablespoon of palm sugar or less up to you
2 tablespoon of roasted crush peanut
1 tablespoon of cooked prahok more or less up to you
Boil 1 cup of water
Fish sauce to taste
1/4 cup of small fresh or jar pea eggplants fried with a bit of oil (this is optional)

Directions to make Tuk Kroeung Sadao or Neem Tree Salad

  1. In a fry pan put 1 tablespoon of oil on low heat, fry pea eggplants, garlic, chilies
    until the color turn gray or brown ( do the same with the one in the jar) you can grill them also, but not the pea eggplants.
  2. In a mortar pestle pound the grill garlic, chilies or fried pea eggplants to paste then add the grill fish pound it with one hand holding a spoon stir it so all the ingredients mix well in the mortar. Pound everything to paste.
  3. Spoon the fish paste to a bowl set aside
  4. In a another bowl mix half of hot boiling water with cooked prahok, palm sugar tamarind concentrate, then pour over the fish paste, using spoon to stir and mix it well add more water if needed. Add fish sauce, crush peanut adjust the flavor to your taste.

Serve with Rice, Pka Sadao and all kind of green vegetables as dip.

Thank you and enjoy it.


Related Recipe: Fish and Pork or Tofu salad

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1

Calories Per Serving: 289

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏27g 10%
Cholesterol ‏50mg 17%
Total Fat ‏13g 17%
Saturated Fat ‏2g 10%
Dietary Fiber ‏7g 25%
Protein ‏22g 44%
Sodium ‏460mg 20%
Sugars ‏11g 22%


30 min


15 min




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