Sunday, May 20, 2012

Hot and sour + prawn

  • Buy some Tom Yum soup paste and put a big tablespoon of it into some chicken stock.
  • Add fresh ginger slivers, fish sauce, lime, sugar and lemongrass.
  • Bring to a gentle simmer then add sliced mushrooms, fresh chili and prawns.
  • Before serving add some beansprouts and coriander.

What did it taste like? Hot! And sour. The heat is extremely kicky and will target the back of your throat, but it's not the sort of burn that stays. It is cleansing, satisfying and definitely moreish. I don't think I've ever seen a recipe for this with beansprouts, but I like the crunch so there.

Tip: Be very careful when you eat this. If it goes down the wrong way you will cough and splutter. Nothing like a little danger at the dinner table.


  1. Another success, this was yet another delicious soup. In your photo the soup looks much clearer than mine, but that's probably because you are a better photographer than I am. The addition of beansprouts worked well, and along with the mushrooms, prawns and ginger made this a good wholesome chunky soup.
    P.S. When I write comments here, your "robot-detector" sometimes thinks I am a robot. The fact that I cannot always read the strange words that I have to type does not make me a robot! :-)

  2. I had no idea that I had my very own robot-detector. I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. I'm sure my robot detector does though, and I'm sure I will be duly informed.