My first endevour into my new hobby! Yah!
On Sunday night, I decided to make something that has been one of my favorite things from the Thai cuisine: Tom Yum soup. Who ever thought of making that delicious flavorful soup is a genius! The flavors are so complex and the spiciness mixed with the tanginess and the saltiness and … mmm umami…. *drool*
Me, being me, I took the easy way out in making this delighful dish and found a paste in the store that is the base of this soup! While looking for curry paste to try and make curry for dinner one day, I stumbled upon Aroy-D’s Tom Yum Paste. Imported from Thailand, this lovely concoction has all the fixing to make a delightful Tom Yum soup. For less than $2 for a 14oz. container, you will be able to make about 8 pots of soup each able to feed 2 – 3 persons. *Warning to all those who are familiar with Asian cooking, this paste contains Monosodium Glutamate or MSG*
Its so simple… *reading from container* 😉 All you have to do is boil about 2 cups of water *I learned that depending on how strong you want the taste to be, 2 cups is great, but if you want it more mellow, add alittle more water* and add about 3 tablespoons of the paste into the boiling water. You will also have to add fresh galangal *It is an aromatic root related to and resembles ginger*, lemon grass and mushrooms. Let that come to a boil again, then add your choice of protein, usually shrimp and/or chicken. Then add fish sauce, lime juice, kaffir lime leaves and parsley and voila! You have a delightful and yummy soup. Serve with rice and you have a meal!
Overall, its super easy to make and is done in no time. As long as you slice the chicken into thin pieces, it should all be done in about 15 – 20 mins. Some of the ingredients may be hard to find in regular stores, but you can find them all in your neighborhood Asian supermarket. *Mine is HT Market on Aurora* I will definately make this again.
My first review… tell me what you think!