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Homemade Tom Yum Paste
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    Homemade Tom Yum Paste

    Hello to all ThaiFood lovers!!
    For years, I've been using store-bought Tom Yum paste for this wonderful sweet and sour soup. I realize that most of you probably don't use paste, but add the necessary ingredients individually. If I were to make a Tom Yum paste at home, what would you suggest the recipe be? Does anyone have any ideas about this? Seems I cannot find a recipe for making this paste, which is a helpful shortCut in making all Tom Yum style soups......
    Thanks for all suggestions!

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    Re: Homemade Tom Yum Paste

    Hey Skyclad,

    Welcome to the forum!

    Like you, I often use a ready prepared paste when making tom yam at home due to the convenience factor. However, whenever I have taken the trouble to prepare from scratch, for special occassions or when entertaining, I have always preferred the freshly prepared version!

    Here's my recipe, but in my humble opinion, a degree of improvisation is allowed:

    lemongrass - stalks lightly crushed

    Galangal - fresh is best but if you are unable to find you can replace with fresh root ginger

    Kaffir lime leaves - 2/3 leaves sliced thinly

    Nam Prik Plao (Thai roasted chilli paste) - 1-2 tsp (depends on how hot your brand of paste is)

    Thai bird's eye chillies- 4-5 at least

    Fish sauce - 2 tbsp

    Lime juice - 1 medium lime

    Shallotts - 1 medium sized specimin will suffice

    Sugar - 1/2 tsp

    Coriander (cilantro for you Americans) leaves & stalks - 4 tbsp


    I prefer to make the paste in a pestle & mortar as this slowly releases the aromas & flavours - food processors tend to obliterate.

    Other ingredients you will need to complete the dish are:-

    Tiger prawns - 3/4 large ones per person
    Straw mushrooms
    Spring onions
    Whole kaffir lime leaves & more coriander for garnish

    Serve with steamed jasmine rice.

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    Re: Homemade Tom Yum Paste

    Quote Originally Posted by skyclad
    Hello to all ThaiFood lovers!!
    For years, I've been using store-bought Tom Yum paste for this wonderful sweet and sour soup. I realize that most of you probably don't use paste, but add the necessary ingredients individually. If I were to make a Tom Yum paste at home, what would you suggest the recipe be? Does anyone have any ideas about this? Seems I cannot find a recipe for making this paste, which is a helpful shortCut in making all Tom Yum style soups......
    Thanks for all suggestions!
    This is how I like to make my tom yum;

    1 lb shrimp clean peel and devein (reserve shells for making stock).
    4 cups of water
    ½ teaspoon salt
    1 stalk of lemongrass cut to 2 and smash them lightly before use
    1 can of straw mushrooms
    4-5 Kaffir lime leaves
    2 - 3 Roma tomatoes cut to bite size
    2-3 Shallots or ½ medium red onion smash them lightly before use
    3 Cloves of garlic smash them lightly before use
    ½ inch kalangka smash them lightly before use
    Fish sauce
    Lime juice
    Mint leaves
    Green onions cut into 1 inch
    Cilantro chopped
    Roast 3 cloves of garlic, 2 shallots, 3 dried chili peppers

    Bring water to gentle boil (medium heat) with smashed lemongrass, kaffir leaves, kalangka, shrimp shells, and salt for 20 minutes. Strain shrimp stock discard shrimp shells other ingredients.
    In high heat add shrimp to clear shrimp stock when shrimp turn pink color add mushrooms, Roma tomatoes, green onion, cilantro, and mint leaves. Bring to boil and remove from heat.

    Mash roast garlic, shallots and dried chili together. Add fish sauce, lime juice to the garlic, shallot and chili paste. Add this mixture to soup taste and adjust seasoning to your taste.

    Yum :-)

    Noi

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    Re: Homemade Tom Yum Paste

    This is great. Couple of quick questions Noi:

    1. The leaves and condiments you propose (lime juice, kaffir leaves, etc) -- do you have any idea about how much or how many?

    2. Being new to Asian cooking, what is 'fish sauce'. Is this only one kind of thing in a bottle marked fish sauce, or are there different varieties, as there are fish? (Please excuse the ignorance)

    M

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    Re: Homemade Tom Yum Paste

    Quote Originally Posted by matt89
    2. Being new to Asian cooking, what is 'fish sauce'.
    Looks something like this:

    Probably made of fish..since we call it ӻ (fish water. lol) but i'm not sure too sure
    Been eating it all my life and yet I don't really know.

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