A traditional Thai dish, Tom Yum Soup brings a great Asian flavor to your home. And, it smells and tastes delicious too!
4 cups water
1 cup shrimp
3 kaffir lime leaves
2 tablespoons fish sauce
5 sprigs cilantro
3 chili peppers
Step 1- Start boiling the water in a 2 quart pot.
Step 2- Peel and devein the shrimp and set them aside.
Step 3- Cut lemon grass into pieces, 5-6 inches long.
Step 4- Use the back of your knife to pound the lemon grass, just to bruise it to release the flavor.
Step 5- If you want, you can tie the lemon grass into a knot to make it easier to manage.
Step 6- Drop the lemon grass in water and let boil for 5 minutes.
Step 7- Put the fish sauce and 1 lime's juice into the bottom of the bowls you will serve the
Step 8- Crush chili pepper and add to the bowl.
Step 9- Remove the stems from the kaffir lime leaves and add the leafy part to the pot.
Step 10- Clean and halve the mushrooms and add them to the pot. Add the shrimp and turn off the heat.
Step 11- Shrimp gets too tough very quickly, and will cook even when it is just sitting in the warm broth.
Step 12- Scoop the shrimp and liquid into the serving bowls immediately.
Step 13- As soon as you add the liquid to the serving bowl, you will see that the broth becomes cloudy because of the lime juice.
Step 14- Add the nam prig pow.
Step 15- Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.
Step 16- Be very careful, the peppers can be hot.
Step 17- Take a small sip at a time.
Step 18- Add more fish sauce and/or lime juice if it tastes bland.
Yield: 4 servings