Tom Yum Soup
Cook Time00hrs 55min
"Tom yum" or "tom yam" is a spicy clear soup typical in Laos and Thailand. Tom yum is widely served in neighbouring countries such as Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, and has been popularised around the world.
Tom yum is characterised by its distinct hot and sour flavours, with fragrant herbs generously used in the broth.
Literally, the words "tom yum" are derived from two Tai words: "tom" and "yam". "Tom" refers to boiling process (soup, in this case). "Yam" refers to a kind of Lao and Thai spicy and sour salad. Thus, "tom yum" is a Lao and Thai hot and sour soup.
Most up to date research of advantages in health of Tom Yum Goong soup has verified that Tom Yum soup can fight against cancer.
Step By Step
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Add Tom Yum paste, shitake mushrooms, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, crushed garlic, chilli and cook for 10 minutes.3
Add peeled prawns with coconut milk and cook for another 5 minutes.
Did You Know ?
"Lemongrass is used in traditional Indian medicine for infectious illnesses and fevers, acting as a sedative on the central nervous system. The Lemon grass is a good cleanser that helps to detoxify the liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder and the digestive tract. It cuts down uric acid, cholesterol, excess fats and other toxins in the body while stimulating digestion, blood circulation, blood pressure and lactation; it also alleviates indigestion and gastroenteritis. It is said that lemongrass also helps improve the skin by reducing acne and pimples and acts as a muscle and tissue toner."
"Tom yum typically requires crushed chili peppers & garlic, usually smashed with the back of a heavy knife or in a mortar & pestle. "
Did You Know ?
"Galangal is the khaa in Tom Khaa. Also used in Tom Yum and curry pastes. A close relation of root ginger, galangal is a popular flavouring ingredient in south east Asian recipes. It has a similar knobbly appearance and flavour to fresh ginger although it is more pungent and spicier. Galangal is frequently used in combination with garlic, ginger, chili's, lemon or tamarind to "de-fish" foods. If you don't have galangal root you can use ginger. But remember. It's not the same but similar."
After cooking add coriander, lime juice freshly squeezed, salt and pepper.
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"Tom Yum is a spicy clear soup typical in Laos and Thailand. Tom yum is widely served in neighbouring countries such as Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, and has been popularised around the world."
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