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How To Make Tangy Ham Vegetable Stew Khmer Cambodian Food Recipe

Updated on November 3, 2013

Khmer Food: Tangy Ham Vegetable Stew

A Delicious Cambodian Khmer Recipe
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Tangy Ham Vegetable Stew Recipe

This dish uses Tamarind to bring a sour element to the other ingredients. Sugar, Ham and Tamarind are combined for a delicious Khmer Curry Soup.

Make this on a cold day and your family will love it! Let's look at the ingredients for this delicious soup. It's easy to make and delicious to eat!

Tangy Ham and Vegetable Stew Ingredients and Recipe

Ingredient
Amount
How To Prepare
Winter Mellon*
1/2 melon
*1 Whole Zucchini can be used as a substitute
Slender Asian Eggplant
1/2 eggplant
 
Tamarind Pulp
2 Tablespoons
 
Cooking Oil (I prefer Olive Oil but any cooking oil will work)
2 Tablespoons
 
*Khmer Curry Paste
6 Tablespoons
*See Link for Khmer Curry Paste Recipe Below
Ham
14 oz (400 g)
Slice into thin strips
*Khmer Chicken Stock
2 Cups (500 ml)
*See recipe below for making the stock
Salt
a pinch
 
Sugar
a pinch
 
Green Onions or Scallions
3
Slice Finely

Khmer Curry Paste

*Click this link to see the Ingredients for Khmer Curry Paste and scroll down until you see the recipe.

Preparing Khmer Chicken Stock Recipe To Be Added to Tangy Ham and Vegetable Stew

This easy Chicken Stock will need to be prepared to add to the main stew, and takes about 50 minutes to prepare.

Let's look at the ingredients:

Khmer Chicken Stock Ingredients

Ingredient
Amount
How To Prepare
Chicken Bones
1 lb (500 g)
Smash bones with a heavy meat cleaver
Cooking Oil
1 Tablespoon
 
Galangal Root
2 in (5 cm)
Peel and Chop Finely
Garlic Cloves
4
Peel and Chop Finely
Lemongrass
3 stalks
Use tender inner part and chop finely
Onion
1
Chopped Finely
Fish Paste (pro hok, or prahok)
1 teaspoon
 
Water
4 Cups (1 liter)
 
Palm or Dark Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons
 
Fish Sauce
5 Tablespoons
 
  • Rinse and then Smash the chicken bones with a heavy meat cleaver roughly into pieces.
  • Heat oil in a stock-pot and fry the bones until they begin to turn brown in color.
  • Add the Galangal, Garlic, Lemongrass, Onion and Fish Paste (pro hok, or prahok) and mix.
  • Add the water.
  • Add the Sugar and Fish Sauce and stir to combine.
  • Simmer gently for 30 mins.
  • Strain and discard solids.

*Makes 4 cups (1 liter) and takes about 50 minutes to prepare.

*This Stock will keep for 1 day if refrigerated, and for up to a month if frozen.


Continuing With Tangy Ham and Vegetable Stew Recipe

Now that we have made the Khmer Chicken Stock, it's time to finish the dish and put it all together. Here's what we do next:

  • Peel Melon (or Zucchini) and cut into sticks; remove any seeds from the melon.
  • Cut the Eggplant into 1/4 in (5 mm)-thick slices.
  • Heat the Tamarind Pulp in a small saucepan with a little bit of water.
  • Mash and strain to contain juice.
  • Heat Oil in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat.
  • Saute the Ham and Curry Paste.
  • When Ham starts to turn a golden color, add the Khmer Chicken Stock from the recipe above.
  • Reduce heat and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Add the Eggplant, Melon, Tamarind Juice, Salt and Sugar and allow to cook until all the vegetables are tender.
  • When completed, sprinkle the top with the Fine-Sliced Green Onions (Scallions) and serve!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I think you're gonna like it Deborah Brooks! Thanks for commenting and bookmarking! I appreciate it.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Thank you for this recipe.. I am book marking this. So glad I found this recipe.

      Debbie

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Awesome! I do hope you like it! It's quite delicious!

      JSMatthew~

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I will try it soon. I'm the cook around here and I'm always looking for new recipes!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks PDXKaraokeGuy! I hope you try it and let me know what you think! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you like it!

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Nice work. I look forward to making this!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello picklesandrufus! Fortunately for me, I live with an Asian so I get to eat Asian food almost every day! I am glad you liked this and hope that you get to try it sometime. It's good! Thanks for the comment and enjoy your dinner tonight!

      JSMatthew~

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      picklesandrufus 6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      sounds so yummy! I love these flavors...going to eat Asian tonight!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello algarveview! This is a great stew for a really cold day! I hope you do try it and come back to let me know what you think! Thanks for the comment!

      JSMatthew~

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      Joana e Bruno 6 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Hello, thank you for sharing this recipe. I just love stews, they're specially conforting in the cold weather and this one seems delicious. Will try it.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Nicole S! I appreciate your comment! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Nicole S Hanson 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Awesome hub! This sounds so delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe with us!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks Donna! There really should be a "Delicious" button on HubPages! I am happy that you find this recipe delicious-sounding and I too have a long bookmark of recipes that I want to try. I appreciate your comment and vote!

      JSMatthew~

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      Donna Cosmato 6 years ago from USA

      I agree with some of the other commenters that we definitely need a delicious button so we can rate tasty sounding dishes like this one. Voted up and put it into the menu planning rotation.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Just Ask Susan! I hope that when you try this you enjoy it enough to come back and tell me about it! Thanks for the comment!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow this looks delicious! Will try it this week. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Haunty! There should be a "delicious" button! There are so many great recipes out there. I have tons in my bookmarks! I appreciate your comment! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Haunty 6 years ago from Hungary

      Thank you for sharing the recipe, Mr JSMatthew. Let us all make tangy ham and vegetable stew tonight!

      Um, I just realized I'm missing the delicious button up there.

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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      I WILL try it and let you know. We are a ham and peas type of family so I know it will go over great.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Ardie! I am glad that you and your husband will enjoy this! It's delicious and fairly easy to make! I hope you enjoy it and come back and let me know what you think after you try it! Thanks for the comment!

      JSMatthew~

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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      My husband will LOVE this! Thank you for sharing it. The recipe is very, very healthy too :) Great hub!

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