Fish Stomach Soup ( Gar Por Bla )


Stop, don't run away! Although this dish is normally made with fish stomachs, Thais also make it with fried pork rind, the kind you can find as a snack next to crisps (chips) in your local supermarket. It's not particularly unusual to see odd parts of fish used in soups, think of shark fin soup in Chinese cuisine, so this dish is not as strange as it may seem, but still, if fish stomach puts you off, use pork rind gratons instead. Another item you may not be familar with is Maggi sauce, this is a Nestlé made dark seasoning sauce that is very popular in Thailand and is available worldwide.

Ingredients for 2 People
100 gms Fish Stomach or Fried Pork Rind 'Snacks'
500 ml Chicken Stock
50 gms Chicken Breast
50 gms Crab meat
50 gms Cooked Bamboo (e.g. Canned)
6 Hard Boiled Quail Eggs
2 Shitake Mushrooms
1 Tablespoon Maggi Sauce
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Tablespoon Light Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon Dark Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon Oyster Sauce
1 Teaspoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Corn Flour
20 gms Chopped Coriander Leaves

1. Clean the fish stomachs very very well and soak in water for 30 minutes. You may need to soak and rinse the fish stomachs two or three times.
2. Boil the fish stomach for 5-10 minutes and clean again in cold water.
3. Soak the shitake mushrooms for 10 minutes and chop them into bite sized pieces.
4. Boil the chicken stock, add the shitake mushrooms, and the chicken breast.
5. When the chicken breast is cooked, remove it from the boiling stock and shred it into smaller pieces and set aside.
6. Continue to cook the chicken stock with the mushrooms until the mushrooms are so soft, they nearly break up in the stock.
7. Add the crab, bamboo, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt, Maggi sauce, and sugar.
8. Dissolve corn flour into 4 tablespoons of water and add to the soup, cook for 1 minutes to thicken it.
9. Serve the soup in a bowl with the shredded chicken meat and the boiled quail eggs added, and some chopped coriander to garnish.

Serve With
The following condiments are typically served for the guest to choose from:
Flaked Chilli

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