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Gang Som Naw Mai Dong (Spicy Bamboo Soup)

Gang Som Naw Mai Dong – Spicy Bamboo Soup


5 chilis
6 red onions (sliced)
3 lemongrass stalks (finely cut)
3 scallions (cut short, about 1″)
1 tsp. salt
6 tbsp. fish sauce
1 pound chicken breast (cut thick)
1.5 pound pickled bamboo shoots
1/2 cup basil
2 cups water



1. Make paste by mixing peppers, cut lemongrass, red onion and chop it in the blender.

2. Put 2 cups of water in the pot, and use high heat. Then add the paste from step 1 along with 1 tsp. of salt.

3. Wait until the water has boiled, then put chicken breast, pickled bamboo shoots, and 6 tbsp. of fish sauce.

4. Cook for 8-10 minutes with high heat.

5. Turn off the fire, add scallion and basil.

6. Serve over Jasmine rice. Your rice is important, there are many varieties. Usually if you buy expensive Jasmine rice in the Asian market you’ll get the better rice.

This is another of my husband’s favorite recipes. It is a spicy and sour soup that is served over rice. The smell of the pickled bamboo and the lemongrass and basil altogether is almost overwhelming. It’s incredibly delicious and a Thai favorite.

My Video of Gang Som Naw Mai Dong!

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Sawasdee Ka - Joy

4 thoughts on “Gang Som Naw Mai Dong (Spicy Bamboo Soup)

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  • May 20, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Hi, Joy….That’s look good…I thought you mean the Orange Curry from the Southern of Thailand…..
    This look like Tom yum too me…..Oh well it looks yummy anyway.

  • November 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    hello, i was hoping you might know how to make a traditional taidam recipe…. gang naw beung. this is my favorite bamboo soup.

  • November 30, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Hi 🙂
    I love this soup too 🙂
    But I have a question what kind of basil you use?


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