Sunday’s Food: Tom Yum Kung

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tomyum_l.jpgTom Yum Kung a.k.a Thai Prawn Soup is a pleasant dish for this time of year. It’s easy to make and quite tasty as well. Tom yum is usually made with prawns and/or other various types of seafood. You can also add mushrooms (oyster or straw) and rice noodles.

 

 


Step by step video on how to make tom yum kung

Ingredients:
20 prawns (shrimp), medium size
4-5 cups chicken broth/soup stock
2 stalks fresh lemongrass, lightly pounded, cut into 1 inch long segments
4 table spoons fish sauce
1/3 cup sliced fresh galangal
1/2 cup straw mushroom, halved or whole
6-8 kaffir lime leaves, shredded
4 tablespoons lime juice
6 crushed fresh Thai chile peppers (or more to suit your taste)
2 tablespoons “prik pao” roasted chile in oil
Fresh cilantro for garnish

Method:

Wash the prawns and shell them without removing the tails. Bring chicken broth to a boil. Add lemongrass, galangal and lime leaves. Bring back to a boil then add mushrooms, fish sauce, prik pao and lime juice. Add prawns and fresh chile peppers. As soon as prawns turn pink (cooked through) serve garnished with cilantro.Note that a rather simple and effective way to make this dish is with a ready-made tom yum paste. ImportFood.com has two options for you. We recommend you order our Instant Tom Yum Paste, imported from Thailand and a very good quality product. Add two tablespoons Tom Yum Paste to three cups boiling water, add 1.5 teaspoons salt, add mushrooms and prawns, add 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, add 5-7 Thai chile peppers and onions, and serve garnished with cilantro.

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