This soup has a lot of variations. It seems as if different households in Penang have their own recipe for it. Some like their Bokok Fish Soup sweet, others with tons of chilli. In our house, we like the soup simple; just the fish in assam soup. It's quite similar to the Assam Laksa soup but stripped down to only 5 main ingredients. It's great served hot with rice.
1) Break up the belacan and add into the pot, together with 2 cups of water.
2) In a bowl, add 1 cup of water to the tamarind pulp. Squeeze tamarind in the water and pour the tamarind juice into a large pot of water. Keep repeating until the water is clear; about 7-8 times.
3) Add fish.
4) Add lemongrass and turmeric powder. Stir.
5) Bring to boil. Then simmer for at least an hour.
6) Add salt and chili powder to taste.
Do not serve the soup in plastic bowls. The turmeric in the soup will leave a stain.
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|Serving Size: 1 recipe (8g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1|
|Calories from Fat: 7 (25%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 0.8g||1 %|
|Saturated Fat 0.2g||1 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.2g|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0 %|
|Sodium 3.1mg||0 %|
|Potassium 199.5mg||5 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 5.3g||2 %|
|Dietary Fiber 1.7g||7 %|
|Sugars, other 3.5g|
|Protein 0.6g||1 %|
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Calories per serving: 28
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