Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tom Yam Steamed Fish

Tom Yam, can you believe it? Ready made tom yam paste or made from a stretch tom yam paste which by far is a food show stealer for Thai savory dishes. Of course if you are asking me and if you are asking me again about Thai food boldness and explosion of different role play of tastes, I sure can tell you (Thai Fish Noodle Soup & Thai Vegetable Curry). So much so, when tom yam paste is a concern, I sure have it at the back of my hands as well (Tom Yum Goong). Moreover, I think by now, you must be already tired listening to all those of my fish stories I have repeated over and over again (Tandoori Salmon, Bengali Fish Croquettes, Ikan Masak Kicap, Ikan Balado, Malabar Fish Curry & Unagi Kabayaki). So, what do we have to do for Tom Tam Steamed Fish? Steaming of course is most probably an easy cooking chore, but you still need to make the tom yam paste. Make the paste, and saute it alongside kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, lime juice, birds eyes chillies (Thai Crispy Fish & Thai Green Fish Curry) and the rest of the ingredients as listed below, followed by tipping tom yam paste over fish which has already been steamed (Nyonya Steamed Fish, Vietnamese Steamed Fish, Thai Steamed Fish, Teochew Steamed Fish & Hong Kong Steamed Fish) with ginger. The outcome and food result? Absolutely tempting, inviting and color vibrant Tom Yam Steamed Fish (Chilli Soy Fish & Chilli Lime Fish).

1 medium size (about 400g) white pomfret/bawal putih - de-gut and cleaned
1 inch ginger - half of it sliced and the other cut into thin stripes
1 large onion - sliced thinly
3-4 kaffir/limau purut leaves -sliced/shredded
1/2 tbsp fish sauce (optional)
2-3 birds eye chillies/cili padi - sliced
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp lime juice
4-5 tbsp oil
Salt for taste

For the tom yam paste (blend/process)
2 medium size tomatoes
2 red chillies 
2 dried red chillies
1 lemongrass
1/2 inch galangal/lengkuas
Sauté onion and ginger in oil.
Add paste and continue to fry till aromatic and oil splits
Pour 1/2 cup of water and the rest of the ingredients.
Meanwhile, steamed fish with ginger slices till cooked.
Once done, drain off the water in it.
Pour the cooked paste over the fish.
Optional: add sliced birds eye chillies on top. 


  1. Yummm! I am going to buy the fish and make this dish tomorrow.

  2. I love tom yam..! so hot n spicy. You have plated that so well and looks delicious too..

  3. yes i love tom yam.. my steam rice is ready to go with your dish.

  4. wow this one looks delicious! i think i can give this a try! will need to read the instructions many time though! lol...thanks for sharing!

  5. wow shiok! I like tom yum. The different taste stimulates the taste bud and opens up the appetite!

  6. looks nice n yum...

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  7. The colours nearly jumped out of the screen! What an amazing dish...looks so delicious. Really something i must try out!

  8. My friend gifted me a tom yam paste.was wondering how to use it. Please give me more suggestions Nava , as we don't eat fish

  9. lovely bowl of comfort...i am a fan of tomyam...

  10. Looks delicious. In the US we can get galangal, kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass just fine, also have tom yam paste here as well.

  11. Looks yum, I have never tried tom yam Fish.

  12. Hearing the name tom yam for first time.. Thanks for introducing a new recipe

  13. I think making the paste at home is always better...tastes so muh nicer than the store bought ones. I had no idea I had all the ingredients for tom yam paste at home...in other words, your recipe is a huge help! I will try out this week. And looks gorgeous too!

  14. I made the Payasam the other day.but i was not able to taste it bcz i gave it to sai mandir.So when i try other time i will post a comment.But you can see a post about payasam i guess;) .
    This Fish look fabulous.Birds eye chilies .I dont know about it.

  15. I always adore your fish recipes n wanna try at home.... Since my kids are small but worried whether they like these ton yam taste...

  16. Yummy Yummy.....i always love tomyam....may it be soup, or fish...or fried rice....
    Any fast and simple recipe for tomyam soup? I am a lazy cook...

  17. My favourite soup flavour on fish? I wish I could try it :D

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  18. This looks really delicious and tasty Nava.. Great recipe indeed :-)

  19. Thanks for introducing new recipe. Visit this new world of Arab confectionery and Nature Lovers.

  20. making things at home is always better..
    loved the clicks...

  21. I just love all the fish/seafood recipes that you created,YUMMY :)

  22. Thanks so much all my beloved foodie friends.
    Yin - The simplest as said will be the ready made paste. Maybe will think of another recipe, the most simplest as possible.

  23. Yummy mouth watering fish curry

  24. Tom Yum has one of my favorite flavors.
    Although I am not a big fan of seafood, I love to make it quite often. This looks pretty darn delicious, my family would love it.

  25. wonderful fish curry with tomyam paste, drooling here!!!

  26. Hi Nava, your tom yam seafood look really good. I can practically smell the fragrant scent from here. :))

  27. Irresistible fish curry. It looks so delicious. :)

  28. Lovely... I just had Assam fish n loved so much the taste...


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