Spicy Tom Yum Soup – Saturday weekly recipe post

Spicy Tom Yum Soup

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The stuff you need:

  • 2 pounds tiger prawns with heads and shells
  • 5 cups veggie stock
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 TBS fish oil
  • 3 TBS minced garlic
  • 2 stalks fresh lemon grass, tough outer leaves removed and and white part slightly crushed
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves (found in Asian market)
  • 5 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 5 slices galangal (in ginger root family-found in Asian market)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced bok choy
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrot
  • 10 chile padi (bird’s eye chiles), thinly sliced (found in Asian market)
  • 1 tablespoon Asian red chili paste (found in Asian market)
  • 1 skinless, boneless chicken breast – cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 large squid, cleaned and sliced into rings
  • 1/2 (15 ounce) can baby corn, drained
  • 1/2 (6 ounce) can whole straw mushrooms, drained
  • 3 fresh tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • salt to taste

What to do with the Stuff:

  • Wash the prawns, remove the heads, shells, and black veins, retain the heads
  • Set the cleaned prawns aside
  • Place the prawn heads in a large saucepan or soup pot with the veggie stock
  • Bring to a boil over high heat to reduce the stock and concentrate the flavor
  • Strain out the prawn heads and discard
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir the garlic, lemon grass, lime leaves, shallots,  galangal, and red chilies until the shallots are translucent and the seasonings are fragrant (3-5 minutes)
  • Stir in the chili paste,and fish oil, cook and stir for 2-3 minutes
  • Add the chicken breast and lime juice
  • Stir well to evenly mix in the chili paste, and let the mixture simmer for 3-5 minutes
  • Pour the seasoned chicken-lime juice mixture into the prawn stock, bring to a boil over medium-low heat
  • When the soup begins to boil, stir in the squid rings, bokchoy, carrots, baby corn, straw mushrooms, cleaned prawns, and tomatoes
  • Turn the heat to low, stir in the coconut milk, and let the soup simmer until the prawns are pink and opaque, about 5 minutes
  • Add salt to taste, and serve
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