I was born in Panama City, Panama. I moved to the United States when I was 12 years old, and my father got a job in San Francisco. I grew up in the Mission district of San Francisco.

“Khmer Lemony Fish Soup” is an original recipe created by the author of this blog. The recipe is a fusion of Cambodian and French cooking. The soup is a blend of galangal, lemongrass and fish.

If you read the title to this post, you probably got the idea that this is a Khmer-inspired fish soup recipe. And you would be right. What you may not know though is that the blog owner, who is also the writer of this post, is half Khmer and half Italian. That’s right, a Khmer dude who likes Italian food. He makes Khmer food even though he’s half Khmer and half Italian.

Fresh water fish chunks flavored with lemon grass, rice, and herbs are traditional Khmer rural fare. This is a simple yet delicious dish. It’s the sort of meal that always makes me smile and gives me a nice sense of home.


2 lbs (900 g) cleaned and chopped pieces of entire fresh basa, catfish, or snakehead fish    
2 teaspoons rinsed and drained uncooked Jasmine rice    
1 lemon grass stalk, cut 5 inches long and knotted to bunches, fresh or frozen    
4 quarts water    
sugar (half a spoonful)    
1 teaspoon of soy sauce    
black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon    
2 green onion stalks, chopped    
2 spicy chili peppers, chopped (option)    
1/2 cup chopped sweet basil (chee korhom) and Asian coriander mix herbs ( chee xanghum)    
1 sliced fresh lime or lemon    

To prepare Khmer Lemony Fish Soup, follow these instructions.

  1. In a large soup pot, combine the fish, rice, lemongrass, and water and simmer until the rice is cooked, stirring often.
  2. Sugar, fish sauce, and black pepper are used as seasonings.
  3. Green onion, chile pepper, and a mixture of herbs go on top.
  4. Serve immediately with rice.
  5. When serving, add a squeeze of lime juice (to taste) to the soup.

Serve with steaming rice.

Enjoy it



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daily value in percent

Total Carbohydrate: 29.8g (11%)

117 percent Cholesterol 351mg

13 g of total fat (17%)

Saturated Fat: 3.2 g (16%)

2.4 g dietary fiber (9% of total)

137.5g 275 percent protein

3149mg 137 percent sodium

Sugars (8%, 16%): 8 g

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