• Soup on Sunday: Tom Yum

    by  • 9 Oct ’11 • profile • 7 Comments

    I LOVE Tom Yum soup. In fact, every time that I fly out of Glagsow on the 5:55am flight to Amsterdam I order Tom Yum soup for breakfast from EAT (Strange. I know.) In Thailand, tom yum soup is an essential dish for relieving headcolds, increasing vitality and improving the blood. The soup is characterized by its distinct hot and sour flavors, with fragrant herbs generously used in the broth. Here is my version:

    2 quarts vegetable broth
    2 stalks fresh lemongrass, sliced on a bias in 2-inch pieces
    4 kaffir lime leaves (or the rind of one lime)
    1-inch piece fresh galangal or ginger, sliced
    3 red chiles, sliced
    2 tablespoons fish sauce
    1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
    ½ pound of mushrooms, thickly sliced
    2 pound large shrimp, peeled
    2 limes, juiced
    2 green onions, sliced
    1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped
    Splash of coconut milk (optional)
    Garnish(s)—lime wedges, lemon wedges, thinly sliced chillies, cilantro

    Bring the stock to the boil over medium heat in a stockpot. Add the lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, and chiles. Lower the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes to let the spices infuse the broth. Discard solid pieces of lemongrass and/or kaffir lime leaves/lime rind.

    Uncover and add the fish sauce, sugar, and mushrooms. Simmer for 5 minutes. Toss in the shrimp and cook for about 8 minutes until they turn pink. Remove from the heat and add the lime juice, green onions, and cilantro. Taste for salt and spices; you should have an equal balance of spicy, salty, and sour. Add coconut milk if desired. Garnish and serve.

    7 Responses to Soup on Sunday: Tom Yum

    1. 9 Oct ’11 at 10:35 am

      i want this! Looks divine but truth be told I’m feeling a bit lazy today and I would rather eat than cook!

      • allthebest
        9 Oct ’11 at 10:45 am

        Me too! Thankfully my husband is playing chef today and he is a GREAT cook!

    2. 9 Oct ’11 at 4:39 pm

      Oh how delicious!! I can see from the ingredients Ronda, that this would be so nourishing!!

      PS I want a partner who cooks!!

      xoxo
      Karena
      Art by Karena

      • allthebest
        10 Oct ’11 at 8:13 am

        Yes, I am lucky. He is a FAB cook!!!

    3. 10 Oct ’11 at 4:18 am

      Yum! I have lemongrass in the garden and a lime tree on the hill. What is Kaffir Lime leaves? Do fish sauces have crab essence (we have an allergic family member) would you recommend clam juice as a substitute? WE are soup crazy and look forward to having this soon!
      Linda

    4. 11 Oct ’11 at 8:54 am

      Holy Cow this looks good! BTW, I love your blog layout and design. I know it’s been new for a while, but this is my first time commenting and I just wanted to let you know I love it! I feel like I’m reading a pretty magazine.

      • allthebest
        11 Oct ’11 at 8:35 pm

        Thank you so much Brittany!

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