Flavors of Thailand

Tom Yum Shrimp

Serves 1

This is probably the most famous recipe in Thailand. It is very easy to make, the only hard part is peeling the shrimp!
As usual, you can tinker with the ingredients to your liking. You will find this on every menu throughout the country. The Thais enjoy this soup when there is a fair amount of chili peppers, just enough to make you sweat.

Ingredients (1 serving) :

3 thin slices ginza-skin removed
3 thin slices of lemongrass
1 shallot crushed and chopped
3-5 small green chilies- stem removed and chopped
1 Kaffir lime leaf shredded
2 straw mushrooms cut
1/4 tomato
1 cup water
3 shrimp cleaned. Keep the shells to make stock.
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon fish sauce
Coriander leaves to taste
1 teaspoon chili jam
1 clove garlic peeled and crushed


1. Bring the water to a boil in a sauce pan over high heat.
2. When the water boils, make a light shrimp stock by adding the shells and heads of the shrimp. Reduce heat to medium while stirring.
3. The shrimp peelings will turn orange after a minute or two, then remove the shells with a slotted spoon.
4. Now add the ginza,lemongrass , garlic, shallots, chilies, Kaffir lime leaf, mushrooms, tomato, fish sauce, and chili jam. Cook for another 2- 5 minutes.
5. Add the shrimp, stir to combine, then add the coriander leaves and lime juice.
6. Remove from the heat and serve.

Serve with hot steaming Jasmine rice and garnish with crushed red chili pepper.

I hope you enjoy the Tom Yum!


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