Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Seafood Tom Yam Soup


Tom yam soup made its way from Thailand and landed in our country; probably years and years ago. Since then, this soup has been flooding all over; on the menu of restaurants and at hawkers stalls. These days, various types of tom yam are available. Basically it has become a "mix and match" soup, anything can be added into tom yam broth. My preference; seafood and vegetables swimming inside.

Nevertheless, certain ingredients are a must for its composure of hot spicy, sour and mild sweet taste; herbs, kaffir lime leaves or daun limau purut. And I like to balance the flavors with Mae Pranom Thai chilly paste. The broth is made with prawn shells alongside with quite a long list of ingredients. The Asian herbs may not be available or can be pricey in your country. But that shouldn't stop you from trying it out. A similar tom yam soup is possible; modified, adjusted or adopted from my version.

Ingredients
Stock/broth
2 cup prawn shells
1 tbsp oil
3/4 liter water

To blend/ground (paste)
1 (about 100g) tomato
1 lemongrass/serai
1 inch galangal/lengkuas
5 shallots 
7 dried red chillies (or as needed) 

Other Ingredients
4 small green brinjals - quartered
10 medium size prawns - de-vein and leave the tail on
5-6 fish balls
1 medium size squid/sotong - cleaned and cut into rings
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp crushed black pepper
5-6 kaffir lime/limau purut leaves – tear into 3-4 pieces
Coriander leaves (as needed) - chopped
Spring onion (as needed) - chopped
Thai basil leaves (as needed) - optional
3-4 birds eye chillies/chilly padi (optional)
4 tbsp oil
Sugar and salt for taste. 

Method:
For the stock, fry prawn shells in heated oil until crispy and fragrant.
Add water and simmer on low heat for about 1 hour.
Drain and keep aside
Heat 4 tbsp oil and when heated, add blended/grounded paste.
Stir and let it cook until aromatic. 
Pour stock, stir and simmer. 
When stock is heated through, add brinjals,Thai chiily paste, fish sauce, lime leaves,pepper, sugar and salt to taste.
Continue to simmer until brinjals are cooked.
Add seafood; prawns, squids and fish balls.
Simmer for another 3-4 minutes. 
Before serving, garnish with chopped coriander,basil and onion leaves and (optional) drop in birds eye chillies.
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31 comments:

  1. I like tomyam but I dont cook that coz only two of us eating.

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  2. I just can eat Tomyam with plain rice only. Never miss every month to buy Tomyam paste. :-)

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  3. Love tomyam soup and looks like I finally found a great recipe. Looks yum!!!

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  4. Looks amazing! I love these kind of soups!

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  5. I am addicted to tom yam goong - I go as far as to order 3 or four of the appetizer sized soup if it's not a main course on the menu. Looks delicious!

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  6. Great looking spicy soup! amazing flavours in it.

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  7. Very yummy looking soup...Love it..

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  8. The mix of lime, chili and the seafood does sound delicious. Nice healthy dish here packed with flavor. Now I will google fish balls and see about those...

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  9. Though I myself cannot eat this, it is a popular dish which looks ten times better than any restaurant - wonderful job :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  10. I have heard of but never tasted this soup...and always wondered what made it Tomyan soup. It looks wonderful (so colorful!)...and hope I get a chance to sample some one day.

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  11. Ahh this post makes me wanna have tom yam right now...

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  12. Tom Yam is my favourite dish...I like spicy & sour. So far the best Tom Yam is Thai Tom Yam.

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  13. My favorite soup from Thai cuisine,but Homemade always best :)
    Ridwan

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  14. I've had this before, but never had a recipe. What an amazing soup!

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  15. Tom Yum is one dish I can never resist!

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  16. I love tomyam in our version we call it sinigang na hipon =)

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  17. Hi Nava, your seafood tomyam look delicious. Lovely presentation.
    Have a nice day.

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  18. I love soup, and your soup sounds good.

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  19. My favourite soup of all time, seafood, chicken or prawn. I got addicted to this one when I was in Malaysia

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  20. Thanks everyone for all the yummy comments and appreciate it very much.

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  21. I love Tom Yum!!!! the sour and spicy just warm my tummy. Slurp!

    mt
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  22. it looks really good and so comforting!

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  23. The color looks so tempting! Loved seafood tom yam!

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  24. LOVE seafood tom yam soups -- the only thing I can't find here in Orlando is daun limau purut (kaffir lime leaves) So sad!

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  25. i really love tom yam because of its savory soup and spicy flavor.

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  26. hi nava... the tom yam soup looks delish... yummy.. i love tom yam.

    btw, thank you for dropping by my blog.. please do come again :)))

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  27. I love everything Thai/Malaysian!!Your soup looks so delicious and mouthwatering,never made it at home.Should try it sometime :)Thanks for sharing Nava!!

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