Here is my first blogging about food. Let’s start with my native dish: Tom Yum, a spicy lemongrass soup. There are so many many recipes for Tom Yum, and after read through many food blogs by other fellow Thai (well, it's a Thai dish, so I figured that Thai people should know it best), I finally have my very own recipe.
This is not my first attempt in making the Tom Yum dish. I had tried it before a few times with the pre-made Tom Yum paste, but this time I did it --- I mean I did it just right! My husband even said it tasted just like the one he had in Thailand (let's hope he didn't just say that to make me happy).
So here is the step-by-step of how to make Tom Yum (my way):
- sliced pork (I believe you can substitute with any meat or tofu, shrimps would be the best choice)
- lemongrass (about 5 pieces)
- kaffir lime leaves (5-7 leaves)
- galangal (about 5 sliced pieces)
- cilantro (a little bit)
- chilies (5-7 chilies or if you don’t eat spicy, you don’t need to use at all)
- fish sauce or salt (about 3 table spoons)
- lime juice (about 5 table spoons)
- water (3 cups)
- Thai chili jam (Nam Prik Pao) (2-3 table spoons)
- Boil water in medium heat then add lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal. Should take about 5 minutes until the water is boiling (Tip: smack lemongrass and galangal before you add in the water to add more flavor)
- Mix fish sauce, lime juice, and chili jam together in a small bowl.
- Add pork (or other meat) to the boiling water, bring it to boil.
- Add the chili jam mix and mushrooms to the boiling water.
- Let it sit for a few minutes until then add the chilies. Your Tom Yum’s taste should lead with the sour taste, but you always can add more or less of lime juice, fish sauce, and chili to suit your taste.
- Top your soup with cilantro and it’s ready to serve!
I finally understand the key to make my cooking much easier!!! It is to spend a little more time preparing all the ingredients. Within less than half and hour (less than 10 minutes in the front of a stove top), I got to eat my yummy soup!
Hot soup with rice --- Yummmm...
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