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Immune Booster

Cold Preventing Grilled Smoked Fish Soup with Grilled Shallots

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The word ‘Klong’ may have derived from a Thai ancient soup recorded as ‘Plong’ which features very similar ingredients. To the untrained eye, this dish may seem identical to Tom Yum, but Tom Klong is cooked with grilled or dried fish rather than fresh fish or prawns and contains tamarind or raw mango rather than lime for its tangy broth.

In the past, villagers were able to catch a huge number of fish during the monsoon season yet had no idea how to store them. Eventually, they came up with ways to preserve the fish by sun-drying them with salt and fermenting in them in fish sauce. These grilled fish were cooked in a soup with dried goat pepper, giving it an aroma distinct from that of the popular Tom Yum. It’s also considered an easier dish to cook than Tom Yum because most of the ingredients or either dried like fish, tamarind, goat pepper and shallots, or staple ingredients in Thai pantries like galangal, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and bird’s eye chilis.

Health Benefits

‘Cold Preventing Grilled Smoked Fish Soup with Grilled Shallots’ can help prevent Covid 19.
This local hot and spicy soup dish contains a paste made from grilled shallot, grilled smoked fish, and young tamarind leaves for a tangy, slightly sour taste. The broth is seasoned until it’s sour, salty, and spicy and is sprinkled with some dried goat pepper to provide a unique aromatic fragrance. The soup also contains galangal and shallots which provide vital nutrients to help boost immunity and prevent inflammation, vital in protecting against Covid 19. This dish can be served as part of a healthy family meal.

  • ‘Shallots’ prevent inflammation and fight off bacteria and viruses.*
  • ‘Galangal’ helps prevent allergies, inflammation and protects against bacteria and viruses.**
  • ‘Sweet basil’ contains caffeic acid that can fight against influenza virus and adapt immunity.***
  • ‘Culantro’ helps strengthen the immune system of the body to work better, thus preventing illness and anti-inflammatory in the body.

Ingredients

  • grilled smoked catfish 100 gr
  • galangal 10 gr
  • kaffir lime 2 gr
  • shallot 20 gr
  • roasted dried chili 3 gr
  • holy basil 3 gr
  • culantro 3 gr
  • lime juice 50 gr
  • chicken stock 500 gr
  • fish sauce 50 gr

Directions

Boil the stock, add the herbs, holy basil leaves, shallots and galangal.

Add fish sauce to flavour.

Add the smoked catfish. As the soup boils sprinkle holy basil leaves into the pot.

Reduce the heat, squeeze fresh lime juice into the soup and serve.

Reference
*Russo M, Spagnuolo C, Tedesco, The flavonoid quercetin in disease prevention and therapy: facts and fancies. Biochem Pharmacol. 2012;83(1):6-15.
**Russo M, Spagnuolo C, Tedesco, The flavonoid quercetin in disease prevention and therapy: facts and fancies. Biochem Pharmacol. 2012;83(1):6-15.
***Tsai KW. Immunomodulatory effects of aqueous extract of Ocimum basilicum (Linn.) and some of its constituents on human immune cells. Biology. 2011; 5(7): 375-85