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Samlor Korko Recipe for a Traditional Cambodian Stirring Pot Soup

This Samlor Korko recipe makes a traditional Cambodian stirring pot soup, a healthy and hearty Cambodian vegetable soup. Also written as samlor korkor, samlor koko, samlaw kako, and so on, it's a much-loved soup that for many Cambodians, particularly of an older generation, it's Cambodia's national dish. With the inclusion of kreoung and prahok, it's quintessentially Cambodian.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Cambodian / Khmer
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 395kcal
Author: Lara Dunston


  • 4 tbsp green kroeung making using our recipe; link in notes
  • 1 tsp prahok or 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp dry roasted long grain rice see notes to prepare your own
  • 1 piece small Asian pumpkin or Japanese kabocha or winter squash
  • 1 piece long Asian eggplant
  • 8 pieces small round eggplants
  • 12 pieces pea eggplants
  • 1 piece carrot large
  • 12 pieces long beans or green beans
  • 12 pieces winged beans
  • 1 piece small green papaya
  • 4 pieces green jackfruit
  • 1 piece green banana
  • 4 tbsp neutral cooking oil
  • 300 g boneless pork neck or chicken thighs chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 150 g catfish steaks optional - or firm fish of your choice
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 litres water or vegetable stock


  • Use our recipe to make a green kroeung Khmer herb and spice paste.
  • Put 1 teaspoon of prahok (fermented fish paste) in 50 mls of water, stir vigorously and mash any chunks until they’re almost dissolved. Discard any bones and stringy pieces.
  • Dry roast the long grain rice in a wok (see notes above).
  • Prepare the vegetables and fruit, chopping everything into bite sized pieces: chop your Asian pumpkin and long Asian eggplant into bite sized pieces; cut the small round eggplants into quarters; slice the carrot into ½ cm slices to give colour to the dish; chop the beans into pieces of approx. 4cm length; chop the papaya into bite-size pieces; slice the green banana into ½ cm slices; and cut the green jackfruit into strips lengthways. Set everything aside.
  • Stir-fry the pea eggplants in 1 tablespoons neutral cooking oil in a wok on medium-high heat, constantly stir-frying the eggplants until they are soft, brown and a little charred. This removes the bitterness and sweetens. Set them aside.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of cooking oil in a large soup pot. Add two tablespoons of green kroeung and quickly fry for a minute or less to release the aromas, before adding the chopped pork or chicken, the prahok in its liquid or fish sauce, salt, and sugar, and fry until cooked.
  • Add two cups of water (or vegetable stock), then the firmest vegetables first, such as the pumpkin, carrots and green fruits, along with half the dry-roasted rice, stir, and bring to a boil, before turning down the heat to simmer gently.
  • Add another two cups of water to the pot, along with the catfish if you choose to use it (or fish of your choice), the remaining vegetables that take less time to cook, and the other 2 tablespoons of green kroeung, and stir.
  • Continue to simmer gently, add the remaining roasted ground rice, and the remaining water, stir, and continue to simmer until you have a dense, hearty, almost stew-like soup.
  • Taste, and add more salt or sugar if needed so that the flavour is balanced. If necessary, add more water, stir, simmer, then ladle into individual bowls. If this is a main meal, Cambodians would eat this with steamed white jasmine rice.


Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 829mg | Potassium: 1697mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 23213IU | Vitamin C: 70mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 3mg