Friday, 4 October 2013

My Simple Tom Yum Soup


My back still hurts if I over exert myself. So far I have undergone 9 sessions of physiotherapy. There is much improvement but I am still on the long road to recovery. Bearing this in mind, I have to keep my cooking light and simple.


I still have some World Foods Tom Yum Paste in the fridge and I decided to quickly use it up before it expires. As I mentioned in my previous post, the tom yum paste is quite mild. For extra heat, I added 4 cili padi into my soup. I also added one fresh lemongrass, onions, garlic and kafir lime leaves. Fresh is always best and the ready made tom yum paste basically provides a convenient platform for you to work on but for added zing, I feel it best to add fresh aromatics.



You can basically put anything you fancy into the tom yum soup and usually seafood is the popular choice. I went for prawns, chicken fillet, cherry tomatoes, young corn and mushrooms. I did not have to add any salt as the tom yum paste is already salty enough for me. And I forgot about chicken stock hah! hah! I should have put some and then adjusted the tom tum paste accordingly as far as saltiness is concerned. There's always a next time :)



OK, confession time. Another reason I am having this tom yum soup is because I am making an effort to get back into my low carbohydrate eating plan. I have been happily eating carbs (in spite of my earlier pledge) especially so since cooking Ree Drummond on last month's Cook Like a Star. I love pastas, I love rice, I love breads, I love my mee goreng, I love cheesecakes......please somebody stop me! I have put on quite a bit of weight (adding on to the additional 15lbs I put back on sobs! double sobs! make that a triple!) and with my current restricted mobility, I can't exercise making things worse :(



I hope that I am on to a good start, but I am not going to be so extreme as to cut off my favorite carbs entirely. Moderation is the key word here. I will allow myself carbs but in limited amounts. There's no point depriving myself as this will lead me to rebel and break my resolve. Anyway, I was happy with my simple but very filling tom yum soup. And one of these days, I am going to make my own tom yum paste.










Tom Yum Soup
Recipe source : Phong Hong

Ingredients :
- 1 litre water
- 2 chicken stock cubes (I forgot about this and will put in future)
- 3 tablespoons ready made tom yum paste (or to taste)
- 1 stalk lemongrass, bruised
- 4 kafir lime leaves
- 1 big onion, cut into wedges
- 2 big cloves garlic, sliced
- Chicken fillet, cut into cubes
- Prawns, cleaned and feelers removed
- Young corn
- Cherry tomatoes, cut into halves
- Bunashimeiji mushrooms
- 4 cili padi, bruised (optional, only of you want some heat)
- Salt or fish sauce to taste (if your soup is not salty enough)

Method :
1. Put water into a pot and add lemongrass, kafir lime leaves, onions, garlic, cili padi, chicken stock cubes and tom yum paste. Bring to  boil and simmer for about 15 minutes.
2. Bring the soup up a to a boil and add chicken fillet, young corn, cherry tomatoes and simmer briefly until chicken is cooked.
3. Bring soup to a boil again and add prawns and mushrooms and continue to simmer until prawns are cooked.
4. Taste and add salt/fish sauce if necessary.
5. Serve immediately.



44 comments:

  1. Phong Hong , this is a wonderful good soup and i want to have this with some mee hoon goreng or just put in the soup. yummy....

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    1. xing hui, tom yum soup with noodles is very sedap!

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  2. Tom yum soup, sure to be very appetizing. I just said tom yum, and already so mouth watering,,,,slurp! Take good care yourself and do have ample of rest.

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    1. Thanks, Mel! It should be called tom yummy :)

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  3. Hey, I'm salivating.... my keyboard getting wet!!!

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    1. Hah! Hah! Cheah, you need some tom yum quick!

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  4. appetizing soup.... the colours are so enticing.... i'm popping over for dinner

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    1. Victoria, I'll get a big bowl for you :)

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  5. I am already drooling..... Besides all those ingredients, the soup is also super yummy.... very appetizing. Wishing you speedy recovery, Phong Hong :)

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    1. Thanks, Ivy! This soup can be a main meal by itself. But the cili padi was quite hot!

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  6. Moderation is definitely the key.... and hope u get well soon! Your tom yum soup looks yummy, love the mushrooms that you added.

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    1. Thanks, Yen! I like putting mushrooms in soups to create more bulk because my stomach is bottomless hee..hee...

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  7. Hi Phong Hong! Tom Yum is very appetizing! Sour and spicy! Love love... and you call that simple? :D

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    1. Hi Alvin! It is simple, just simple chuck everything into the pot :)

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  8. i dont like to add prawns in soup.. this is one of our fav soup :)

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    1. Hi PT! You can omit the prawns, chicken alone or even just veggies makes for a good tom yum.

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  9. Hi PH, this is my favourite soup dish. It's been a long time I have not cook this.Like..

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    1. Cecilia, it is time for you to have some tom yum soup!

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  10. Look so appetising.! Can easily wash down two bowls of rice with this hot and spicy soup!

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    1. Doris, I wish I could have my rice to go with it too but I got to cut down :(

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  11. That's a delicious bowl of tom yum you have there. Love that it has so much stuff in it!

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    1. Oh yeah, I love plenty of ingredients in my soup!

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  12. Oooo...Love all the ingredients in this tom yum soup, simple mouthwatering!!!
    Hope your back will fully recover soon. Take care :)

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    1. Thanks, Esther! The tom yum soup did cheer me up :)

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  13. Mmmm.... I like this clear tom yum. Thank you for sharing and you take care.

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    1. Thanks, Veronica! Tom yum soup is just so appetizing!

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  14. Phong Hong, there's nothing simple about this amazing soup...drooling over, and wishing I could have some!

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    1. Hi Elisabeth! I wish I could share a bowl of tom yum with you!

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  15. So many ingredients and you call that simple? Women! LOL!!! Or you mean it's simple to cook.

    You have prawns, the soup must be really sweet and tasty already, no need for chicken stock anymore, I would think. Looks really good. This would sure beat anything from that horrible Thai restaurant we have in town anytime!

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    1. Hi Arthur! Ooops! Simple as in I can just chuck my ingredients into the pot, yeah simple to cook. Yes, the soup was sweet but I thought that chicken stock would make it even more robust. Too bad that Thai restaurant didn't deliver tsk..tsk..tsk....

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  16. Yummy. I love tom yum soup as long as it's not too spicy

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    1. Me too, if too spicy can't enjoy it. Have to keep drinking ice water to cool down :)

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  17. Hi Phong Hong, very inviting and delicious tom yum soup. Love to have extra prawns, please!
    Take care and wishing you speedy recovery.

    Have a nice weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Amelia! For you I get extra big prawns :)

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  18. comforting,soul warming and delicious tom yum soup Phong Hong,loved this quick but delectable recipe :-)

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    1. Thank you, Kumars Kitchen! We all love our spicy soups!

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  19. yummy yummy tom yum soup! I loved to cook tom yum soup, it is an easy one pot meal, but now my wee boy is eating with us, so no more spicy one pot meal...I am missing it.

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    1. Hi Stephanie! You can add the cili padi to your own bowl, just crush it and mix. Your soup will be super hot hah! hah!

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  20. Wishing you a speedy recovery. My family and I love tom yum soup. Just delicious eating with rice.

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  21. aiya, why both of us also cook similar dish, the other day I cook clear tom yum soup with young coconut, has no time to post yet...

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    1. Aiyo, with young coconut lagi sedap! Later you post and then I come over and eat hee..hee...

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  22. throw in some beehoon and makes a simple and delicious meal!

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    1. Lena, I was thinking of that lah but am trying to cut out carbo :(

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