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Tom Yum Goong

I used to think making Tom Yum soup from scratch requires many man hours. Boy, was I wrong! Not only it is easy-peasy but I can also control the amount of heat / chilli level that goes inside. You see, we (hubby and I) are sissies when it comes to eating spicy food but yet we love them. How contradicting, eh? The number of chillies below are tweaked for a milder version, feel free to increase the amount accordingly.
 

Ingredients:
5 cups water
10-12 whole large prawns
3 small red chilies, bruised
2 stalks lemongrass, cut into segments and bruised
7 – 8 slices galangal aka blue ginger (lengkuas in Indonesian / Malay)
5 – 6 kaffir lime leaves, deveined and torn
1/2 cup straw mushrooms

Seasoning:
3 tbsp Thai fish sauce
½ cup lime juice (from 3 big limes)
1 – 2 tsp sugar
3 tbsp Thai chili paste
A bunch of coriander / Chinese parsley, chopped

Serves 3 – 4

Recipe source: Hot Thai Kitchen

tom yum goong ingredients

These are all you need.

Wash the prawns. Separate the heads and shells from the body and save the prawns for use later. Devein the prawns.

prawns for tom yum goong

Peel off the heads and shells, leaving the tails intact.

 

Use a pair of scissors to cut through the flesh and remove the black veins.

Use a small knife and cut through the flesh to remove the black veins. Yeah, it looks a tad messy, skip this pic!

 

Place the prawn heads in 5 cups water and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the heads and shells from the stock.

how to make prawn stock

I like to sauté the shells before putting in the water to get more flavor out of them.

 

how to make prawn stock

 

how to make prawn stock

Use a strainer to remove the shells.

 

Next add the lemongrass, lime leaves, galangal and bruised chilies to the broth.

holy trinity of thai cuisine

This is the “holy trinity” in Thai cuisine – lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and galangal.

 

how to use lemongrass

Remove the outer layer of the lemongrass as it is usually very hard. We want to use the tender portion.

 

galangal aka blue ginger

Wash the galangal (blue ginger) really well and slice thinly. I kept the skin on.

Simmer for a few more minutes to allow the herbs to release their flavors (at least 5 minutes).

how to make tom yum broth

 

At this point, you can remove them from the stock. Some people like to leave them in the stock. It’s your choice!

Add the mushrooms and allow to cook through. Then add the prawns and cook until just done. Turn off heat.

how to make tom yum goong

Add fish sauce, sugar, chilli paste and lime juice. Taste the broth and adjust as needed.
Garnish with chopped coriander. Serve over hot jasmine rice and enjoy!

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how to make tom yum goong

 

how to make tom yum goong

Enjoy!

 

Full Instructions:

Wash the prawns. Separate the heads and shells from the body and save the prawns for use later. Devein the prawns.
Place the prawn heads in 5 cups water and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the heads and shells from the stock.
Next add the lemongrass, lime leaves, galangal and bruised chilies to the broth. Simmer for a few more minutes to allow the herbs to release their flavors (at least 5 minutes). At this point, you can remove them from the stock. Some people like to leave them in the stock. It’s your choice!
Add the mushrooms and allow to cook through. Then add the prawns and cook until just done. Turn off heat. Add fish sauce, sugar, chilli paste and lime juice. Taste the broth and adjust as needed.
Garnish with chopped coriander. Serve over hot jasmine rice and enjoy!

 

 

Rachelle

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Bear is my moniker. Naked is how I like my feet to look. Food is something I live to eat (alot). A food recipe blog that makes sense.
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Bear is my moniker. Naked is how I like my feet to look. Food is something I live to eat (alot). A food recipe blog that makes sense.

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