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Rice Soup with Pork ( Cao Toam Moo Saap ) ข้าวต้มหมูสับ

Updated: Jan 19, 2022

BEHOLD! Thailand’s best get well healing soup and mankind’s greatest hangover cure. Add to that this soups depth of flavor and quick cook time and you have arrived. Period. You may have noticed the bold italic underline on the word behold...

I guess before we start here I should mention that we love this soup with pork mince and carrots. However for this post we did not have carrots. I would like to blame Covid19 and the quarantine for this but in reality we just forgot them. Feel free to add some small square cut carrots for even more flavor.


step 1. Prepare the ingredients

Some not pictured....promise to add them later

this should make enough soup for five to six servings. We used rice we already had though you can just cook the rice and soup together if you want it a bit more starchy.

  • 2 cups pre-cooked rice

  • 2 spring onions chopped

  • 1 teaspoon roasted garlic ( fresh garlic is ok here if finely chopped)

  • 3 sprigs of Cilantro (Coriander leaves if your in Europe)

  • 1/2 pound (200 grams) Minced or ground pork unseasoned

  • 12 ounces (500ml) of water

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce

  • dried chili to taste


step 2 Mix the pork or your choice of ground meat

mix by hand the ground pork with soy sauce and oyster sauce and salt. I guess you could use a fork if you want. Let this sit while you prepare the other items.


step 3 add the water and rice to the pan

Put the rice and water in a wok or pot of your choice. Bring to a boil the reduce to simmer.


step 4 Add the pork and garlic by 1/2 teaspoon at a time

just add it. There is no secret here really. You kind of need to just spoon it in chunks into the boiling water. cook for 5 minutes or until the rice is starting to break down. if you use fresh garlic add it here.


step 5 add the rest of the ingredients

add the rest of the items and simmer for about 2 minutes. Just long enough to start to cook the onions.

ready to serve. You can spice this up with dried red chili flakes to your liking.


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