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  • Feb 16, 2010
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My favorite Thai soups, other than Thai Sharkfin Soups, that is. Hot, spicy, refreshing & totally inspiring!
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review by . February 28, 2010
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Hot & Spicy!
Thai cuisine is known for being spicy & sour. Tom Yam is the soup that epitomizes all of that. Hot, spicy, sweet, sourish & a little salty. It's one soup that wakes you up though, no matter what time of the day you take it.       Some of Tom Yam ingredients include lemon grass (commonly found in other Thai dishes), galangal, lime juice, fish sauce, shallots, tamarind and chili peppers. I recently had a drink made of lemon grass in Bangkok, it's refreshing …
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Tom yum (Lao: ຕົ້ມຍຳ, Thaiต้มยำIPA: [tôm ɲɑm, tôm jɑm]tom yam in the Royal Thai General System of Transcription) is a name for two similar soups originating from Laos and Thailand, respectively. The Royal Lao version includes a pinch of rice in the soup, whereas typical Lao and Thai versions do not include rice as an ingredient. Lao tom yum is relatively unknown outside of Laos, whereas Thai tom yum is perhaps one of the most famous dishes in Thai cuisine. It is widely served in neighboring countries such as Malaysia,Singapore, and Indonesia, and has been popularized around the world.

Tom yum is characterized by its distinct hot and sour flavors, with fragrant herbs generously used. The basic broth is made of stock and fresh ingredients such as lemon grasskaffir lime leaves, galangallime juice, fish sauce and crushed chili peppers.

In Thailand, tom yum is usually made with prawns (tom yum goong), chicken (tom yum gai), fish (tom yum pla), or mixed seafood (tom yum talay or tom yum po taek) and mushrooms - usually straw or oyster mushrooms. The soup is often topped with generous sprinkling of fresh chopped coriander (cilantro) leaves. In Laos, tom yum is typically made with fish or chicken, but freshwater prawns are also available.

The less popular variety of tom yum is tom yum nam ...

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