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Cambodian Chicken and Vegetable Stew 1

Cambodian Chicken and Vegetable Stew

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 5-6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Cambodian


Somlar Kako, Samlaa Kako, Samlor Korko or simply Cambodian Chicken and Vegetable Stew is a Cambodian soup dish made out of mixed tropical vegetables, meats, fish paste and Kroeung. This traditional dish is very nutritious and considered a health giving soup in the Khmer cuisine.


  • 800 g chicken legs and thighs, cut into smaller pieces
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 small yellow pumpkin, diced
  • 2 small aubergines, diced
  • 100 g green beans, cut into 2 inch lengths
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 bunch spinach leaves
  • 8 pcs kaffir lime leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped galangal
  • 2 red chillies, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp Kroeung
  • 1 tbsp palm sugar
  • fish sauce
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • oil


  1. Season chicken with salt and freshly ground black pepper, set aside for 15 minutes.
  2. In a large wok add oil the brown chicken pieces, remove from wok then set aside.
  3. In the same wok sauté the garlic, shallots, galangal and red chillies until fragrant.
  4. Add Kroeung and palm sugar then continue to cook for a minute.
  5. Add back the chicken together with kaffir lime leaves, coconut milk and chicken stock. Bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Drop the pumpkin, aubergine and green beans then simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. Add the tomatoes and spinach leaves and cook for 5 more minutes.
  8. Season with fish sauce and freshly ground black pepper, turn off heat then serve.


If you can’t find Kroeung you can make it at home using this recipe