I had a sudden craving for tom yam soup and I blame it on the weather. I was looking for the simplest recipe that I could find over the next and in recipe books and other than using those pre-packed tom yam paste, I found several. What I did was improvised as some of them had ingredients that I didn't know what they were, let alone where to get them. So, made a list of the ingredients and went to the wet market, towing babe and JW with me. Managed to pick up all the stuff that I needed but the best part of shopping in a wet market is that you get free stuffs. I was as the vegetable stall to buy 6 extra large fresh red chillies (not for the soup, but for something else) and asked to have a stalk of spring onions. The auntie said "RM2 for the chillies. The spring onion auntie *chia lu* (belanja/gift)". See, I don't see any of the hypermarkets giving me free spring onions even when the grocery bill runs up to several hundred ringgit :(.
This is about the simplest soup plus the quickest I have ever made. I cooked it in a pot over the stove but the leftovers were just chucked into the slow cooker to preserve. Maybe there will still be some left when I come home tonite.
10 fresh prawns (cleaned and trim off feelers, legs and all sharp bits
2 white squids (cut into bite size)
100g of chicken breast meat (cubed)
2 stalks of lemon grass
2 inches of galangal (lengkuas)
6 pieces of kaffir leaves
6 pieces of chilli padi
2 1/2 tbsp of lemon juice
2 tbsp of fish sauce
1 tsp of chillie oil
600ml of water
spring onions for garnishing
- Heat up a little oil in a pot and if you have the clay pot, it is even better.
- Throw in the galangal and lemon grass. Stir them around and when they turn fragrant, pour in the water.
- When the water starts to boil, put in the all the rest of the ingredients and keep stirring until it boils.
- Add a little salt and sugar for taste.
- Ready for consumption anytime.