Meet my other friend – Tom– Tom Yum

You must think I’m joking and playing around with this name after I pulled the Clawed-ine joke. 😀  Tom Yum is actually a name of a soup that is one of the most famous soups in the world. It is the Thai spicy and sour soup. Usually with shrimp or chicken in it. The soup is chicken broth or vegetable broth-based soup, so it is quite light. A good friend of mine went on a diet of this soup for two months along with eating sufficient servings of fresh whole fruits and vegetables and lost a significant amount of weight. Of course, this is not meant to starve you into being thin, because it is unhealhty. If 5-6 small light meals are the ticket to great health, Tom Yum totally fits the bill. The soup is very satifying, because of all the flavors you get and it is not over powered by fatty creams and too much protein. And you serve it with rice, so it is plenty filling.

Here is how you make it.

Ingredients:

3 cups chicken broth

1 stalk lemongrass, mashed and cut at an angle

3 slices of galangal (it’s ok to use fresh ginger root for substitute, but galangal is better, if you can find it.)

4 leaves of kaffir lime leaves, torn to release the heavenly aroma (or lime zest)

1 Thai chili pepper (or jalapeno)

1/4 cup sliced shallots or red onion

1 lime

3 tbsp. fish sauce or 1 teaspoon salt   – Make me proud and don’t use soy sauce in this dish. 😉

6-10 shrimp ( I like to buy whole and I de-vein and peel them and leave the head and tail on. Don’t freak out. It adds such great flavors to the soup. But you can totaly use whatever shrimp you like. :))

4 mushrooms quartered

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Serves 2, but you might not want to share!

Here’s how:

– Bring the broth to a boil.

– Add lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, shallots, and the chili in the boiling broth.

– Season with fish sauce and add mushrooms.

– Once the broth comes to a boil, add the shrimp and cook until they turn pink. Remove from heat.

– Squeeze in the lime and garnish with cilantro.

– Serve fresh and hot on jasmine rice.

– Mmmm.. Yummmmm… 😀

Tom Yum Soup with Shrimp

Best soup in the world! 😀

I hope you will give it a try and let me know how your soup turns out. Feel free to post questions. I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Thai it, you’ll like it! 😉

Well, the weekend starts in about 4 hours. Make sure to enjoy every minute of it!

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