Saturday, March 22, 2014

Tom yam seafood

Tom Yam is a Thai traditional soup.  It is very delicious and healthy soup though it may taste sour and pungent .  The pungent taste can make a person sweat till whole body wet (my husband) always have this experience and he likes this soup very much.

As I have some prawns and 1/2 of fish head in the freezer, I would prepare tom yam seafood.  I have to gather my ingredients as below,

300 g prawns(with head and shell intact),
300 g fish head( cut into bite pieces),
3 to 4 stalk of lemon grass,
3 shallots,
2 medium tomato,
2 tbs of tom yam paste,
3 to 4 tbs of lime juice,
4 to 5 small chili,
4 to 5 kaffir lime leaves,
some coriander,
 6 cups of water,
salt to taste.

 I use this tom yam paste from Thailand.

I defrost the prawns and the fish head and set aside.  Boil the water in the deep sauce pot. 
At the mean time, cut the lemon grass into about 5 inches long, use back of knife to lightly smash on the lemon grass.  Cut the tomatoes into wedges. Peel the onions and  give a light smash. Cut the coriander into about 1 inch length.  Cut the kaffir lime leaves into small slices.

When the water is boiled, put in the tom yam paste, stir well.  Add in onions, lemon grass and tomato wedges.  Let boil then lower the fire to low and simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes.

 Add in the fish head and let cook for 2 minutes.  Add in the prawns and cook for another 3 minutes or until the fish and the prawns are cooked.  Add salt and sugar to taste.  Add in the small chili, kaffir lemon leaves and coriander.  Lastly add in lime juice.

Serve hot with rice.  Mmmmm delicious and tasty tom yum soup is ready.  I would boil some rice noodle to go with the soup when there is some left over tom yam for the next morning breakfast.

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