lemon grass, lime leaves, young ginger, chilli, lime juice, fish sauce
Where to find?
at Thai restaurants, Malay, Mamak and also some Chinese restaurants
Tom Yum is one of the most famous Thai dishes but is also widely available in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Tom Yum can be extremely spicy (and sour) so be ready get sweaty. It might therefore not be the best dish to have in the middle of a hot day. Traditionally Tom Yum comes with seafood (shrimp, prawns, squid) but can also be ordered with chicken, beef or mixed. It is common to have Tom Yum with with rice but you can also order it with noodles already in the soup. The lemon grass and lime leaves in the soup are just for the flavor and are not to be eaten.
It is just a fantastic dish. I love it!
The less popular variety of tom yum is tom yum nam khon (Thai: ต้มยำน้ำข้น), where coconut milk is added to the broth. This is not to be confused with tom kha or tom kha gai - where the galanga flavor dominates the soup. Tom yum nam khon is almost always made with prawns, whereas chicken is often used in tom kha. Its other cousin is less well-known outside Thailand - tom klong. Sometimes Thai chili jam (Nam Prik pao, Thai: น้ำพริกเผา) is added: this gives the soup a bright orange colour and makes the chili flavor more pronounced.
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