Pineapple might seem like an odd ingredient to add to fish soup, but the pineapple-fish-tomato combination is beloved in South East Asia for good reason.

Serves
4-5

Preparation

15min

Cooking

30min

Skill level

Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 piece (4-ounce) of tamarind pulp, plus 2 tablespoons (30 ml) liquid pulp mixture
  • 350 g snapper fillets, bones removed
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder
  • 3 tsp (15 ml) canola oil
  • ½ onion, chopped 
  • 3 tsp (15 ml) fish sauce
  • 1 ½ tsp sugar
  • Fish stock, to cover
  • 1 ½ cups cubed pineapple
  • 2 small tomatoes, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 ½ cup bean sprouts, for garnish
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 300 g okra, sliced 
  • 5 stalks coriander, chopped

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.

Instructions

Marinating time: 15 minutes

  1. Put piece of tamarind pulp in dish and cover with boiling water. Let sit for 15 minutes.
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  3. Drain water from dish, then place tamarind pulp in a fine-mesh sieve sitting over a bowl. 
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  5. Using a spatula or your fingers, press the pulp against the sieve so that a paste is forced through the sieve and the fibres of the tamarind remain on top of the sieve. The resulting amount of paste may vary, but you want to use 2 tablespoons of paste for this recipe. 
  6.  

  7. Season snapper with salt, pepper, and chilli powder and set aside for at least 15 minutes. 
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  9. After 15 minutes, cut fish into bite-sized pieces. 
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  11. Heat 1 tbsp of canola oil in a saucepan over medium heat. 
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  13. Add onions and cook until soft.
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  15. Stir in the tamarind, fish sauce, sugar, and enough fish stock to cover the fish. 
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  17. Bring the mixture to a boil, lower to a simmer, and add the fish and pineapple. 
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  19. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until pineapple is tender. 
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  21. Stir in the tomatoes, bean sprouts, and cumin.
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  23. Add the okra and snapper to the soup and simmer for 2 minutes, or until softened. 
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  25. Serve garnished with cilantro.