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Home Kitchen Recipe | Chicken Tom Yum (Tomyam gai) Soup
Written by Shirley T   
Tuesday, 10 November 2009 12:29
Tom Yum or Tomyam is a popular soup originates from Thailand and Laos. Even though Laos tom yum does not make a presence outside its own country, Thai tom yum on the opposite seems to be one of the most famous Thai cuisine worldwide. In fact, tom yum is widely served in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.
Chicken Tomyam Soup (Tomyam Gai)
Characterized by distinct hot and sour flavors in the soup, tom yum is prepared using plenty of fragrant herbs and spices. A good tom yum lies in the taste of its broth. Generally, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, shallots, lime juice, fish sauce, tamarind, ginger and chili peppers are the so-called must ingredients to cook a basic broth. A lot of hard work is also required including pounding the herbs and stir-frying them in oil.

However in my case whereby searching for these ingredients is truly challenging, I opted to import a bottle of instant tom yum paste. At least I am going a step further to prepare my favorite tom yum gai!
Interested to find out how did I do it?

Ingredients (Serving for 4)
The tomyam paste I use
2   tbsp Instant Tom Yum Paste - Brand: Tae Pee, imported from Thailand
4   cup water
2/3 pound chicken - mix of bone and boneless & discard the skin
2   tomato - cut large
1-2 lemon grass (optional)
1/2 onion - cut rectangular and large
A pinch of sugar
1/4 cup mint leaves
1/4 cup cilantro
Ingredients for Tomyam soup
1. Grab a medium saucepan. Pour water and put on rapid heat to boil.
2. Once the water is boiled, put in chicken and instant Tom Yum paste.
Tomyam paste in saucepan
3. Turn to medium heat. Add in onion then tomato and simmer for 30-40 minutes.
4. Dash a pinch of sugar.
Tomyam Soup with some mint leaves
5. Place in a bowl for serving. Garnish with mint leaves and cilantro.

Bon Appetit!
A bowl of mouth watering Tom Yum soup
Tips: Tom yum soup and other dishes can be served with plain rice. Alternatively, scald some soaked/soften rice noodles and place in the soup. Yummy!

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written by Thai Food & Tom Yum Goong , January 11, 2010

Thank you very much. The information was very nice and the service was excellent.
I hope you can take the time to visit the website, www.thai-food.in.th.   It is only just beginning but I think you will eventually find it to be a great resource to learn about Thai food basics and beayond.

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