Prawn Soup from Thailand (Tom Yum Goong)
Tom yum goong or tom yam kung, the version of the dish most popular among tourists, is made with prawns as the main ingredient. The prawn soup was originated during the Rattanakosin Kingdom. This is one of our favorite soups at all. It´s so easy to prepare and you just have a fresh, traditional soup within 30 minutes.
400 g prawns
5 fresh Thai chilis
5 sprigs coriander / cilantro
3 slices fresh galangal root
1 tbs fish sauce
1 tbs tamarind paste
4 kaffir lime leaves
1/2 small white onion, cut in slices
1 stalk lemongrass
1 small ripe tomato, cut into wedges
2 limes, squeezed
2 tbs Nam Prik Pow (Optional)
250 shrimp, washed
500 ml water
Bring water to boil over high heat in a medium-sized saucepan. Add lemon grass, galangal, kaffir lime leaf, fish sauce and tamarind paste. Add prawns, bring to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes. Add onion, nam prik pao and mushrooms. Boil for another 7 minutes until the shrimps are cooked through.
Add chili peppers and tomatoes. Shut down heat. Add lime juice. Taste to adjust the seasoning, adding fish sauce to taste. Garnish with coriander, roasted whole chili peppers and a splash of coconut milk if desired and serve hot.