Gaeng som refers to sour soups and curries that feature prominently in southern Thai cuisine. The soup’s sour note comes from tamarind, an acidic sweet-sourish fruit, and its overall flavour tickles your taste buds with an explosion of all imaginable combinations of sour, sweet, spicy and savoury, and usually features fish or seafood. Authentic southern Thai cuisine can be found near Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, across the street from Ramkanhaeng University. Although turmeric is usually used in this soup to give it its characteristic yellow colour, it is omitted here to produce a clearer-looking soup.
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