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Wednesday, 8 October 2014


Oh this soup! This beautiful, bright, clean, fresh, spicy-hot, sour soup. Tom yum soup, or simply translated, hot and sour soup. When winter arrives - and mark my words, it's coming - this is the soup I turn to all the time. I first tasted this soup when I was living in Delhi, and a date took me to this place called Turquoise Cottage. I was fresh off the first-time-out-of-home boat, and the flavours of Thailand were a revelation to me. I was pretty addicted to Thai food from the get go, and  when I had the opportunity to backpack around South East Asia, my first stop was Thailand and it's fabulous street markets.

While this soup might seem pretty ubiquitous, with a version in every Thai place, for me this is the ultimate comfort food. And it's certainly addictive with its clear spicy soup broth and is also a great vehicle for a lot of proteins. The most popular version of this soup is tom yum goong, or with shrimp, but a lot of places serve it with other meats as well. When my brief from the Turkey Farmers of Canada arrived for this month, with it's request for soup, I knew immediately that this was the soup I was going to make, especially with the leaves floating down from the trees, that characteristic nip in the air and the birds flying south (take me with you, birds...)

The recipe for tom yum soup varies from family to family, and this is my version of it. The Thais are all about balancing flavours, and this soup is certainly a prime example. I start with a chicken or turkey stock, preferably unsalted. I then add the classic aromatics of Thai food, lemongrass, hot red bird's eye chillies, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, kaffir lime zest, lime juice and fish sauce. I let the aromatics infuse, after which I poached the turkey straight in the broth, to maximise its flavour. Once the turkey is cooked, and the broth strained, I add freshly shredded lime leaves, lemongrass hearts and shimeji mushrooms (my favourite kind, though you can substitute these with pretty much any other variety of mushrooms) and then it's all about balancing the soup the way you like it. You can stir in the chilli sauce for added heat and spice, and a pinch of palm sugar calms everything down beautifully.


The ingredients may feel like they are difficult to source, but any Asian grocery will have them, and I have also seen them in larger Superstores. A lot of these ingredients can be bought fresh, then frozen. The strained broth can also be frozen, just thaw, season and add your fresh ingredients for the perfect easy supper.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the Tasty Turkey website to download your recipe now.

Click for the recipe - Turkey Tom Yum Soup (Thai Hot and Sour Soup)


And as usual, if you have any questions, mosey on back and I'll be more than happy to answer them for you :) Enjoy!





18 comments :

  1. I love tom yum soup, and this looks so light and healthy. This would be a great recipe to use up left over Thanksgiving turkey!

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    1. Thanks so much Trang. My favourite soup of all time. And yes, perfect for leftover turkey too.

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  2. You always have recipes that inspires me. I will have to try this one!

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    1. Thanks so much Helene, so do you. Looking forward to catching up with you soon.

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  3. yummmmy ... I'm on a Thai trip ... and this was next on the agenda!!!

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  4. Such a beautiful soup! I may keep the heat on the low side since I'm a wimp when it comes to spicy food. I love using lemon grass and lime. I will definitely try this one!

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    1. Absolutely Christina... the best part about this soup is that you can totally personalise it :)

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  5. I just saw this picture on tastespotting - way to rock it girl! Looks delicious and healthy!

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    1. LOL, thanks Wanda. It's so good. Will be great to finally meet you in YVR... can't wait.

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  6. Is that your own homemade stock? It's so clear and beautiful!! And this recipe sounds delish.

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    1. Sarah, yes, I make all my own stocks :) Clarity is supposedly king, so I am so glad you think it's lovely and clear.

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  7. What a great way to spice up turkey!

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    1. Thanks so much :) It certainly is and keeps the turkey so moist too.

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  8. Your soup looks delicious and pristine Michelle! I love it!

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  10. Thanks for tonight's dinner, looks so good, wish me luck that mine turns out.

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