The Best Spicy Thai Soup (Authentic Tom Yum)

One of the best Homemade Tom Yum you can make, plus a fancy version at the end. It's a tom yum wonderland.


INGREDIENTS:

Nam Prik Pao:

  • 1/3 cup (90g) tamarind paste

  • 1/2 cup (120ml) water (boiling)

  • 1.25 cups (295ml) vegetable oil

  • 50g garlic cloves, thin sliced (12 cloves)

  • 100g peeled shallots, thin sliced

  • 50g deseeded dried puya chilies

  • 25g dried shrimp

  • 25g shrimp paste

  • 150g palm sugar

  • 1/3 cup (90g) fish sauce

Traditional Tom Yum:

  • 1 lb. tiger shrimp w/ heads

  • 3.5 cups of (828ml) water

  • 2 stalks of lemongrass, sliced

  • 2-inch knob galangal, peeled and sliced

  • 2 boxes of mini beech mushrooms

  • 2 oyster mushrooms, sliced

  • 4 tablespoons of Nam prik pao

  • 5 cloves garlic, thin sliced

  • 5 Thai chilies, thin sliced

  • 7 kaffir lime leaves

  • 2 Tablespoons (25g) of Fish sauce

  • 1 tablespoon (10g) of Lime juice

  • 1.5 tablespoons palm sugar

  • Cilantro for garnish

  • Thai basil for garnish

  • Red Fresno thinly sliced

  • 4 limes

Fancy Tom Yum:

  • 2 Large Trumpet mushrooms

  • 1 bunch of green onions

  • 10 garlic cloves, peeled

  • 2tbsp (27g) of rice vinegar

  • 2 tsp (6g)of sesame oil

  • 3 tbsp (25g) vegetable oil

  • 1 Can Full Fat Coconut Milk

  • 2 lobster tails

  • 1 cup (214g) of sugar

  • 1 cup (240ml) of water

  • Red Fresno chili thinly sliced for garnish

  • Thai basil for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

Nam Prik Pao:

  1. In a small bowl, place the tamarind paste, add water, stir it, let it sit for a few minutes, stir again until smooth, and pass it through a mesh strainer until everything passes through and you get a smooth consistency.

  2. In a wok, add vegetable oil; before heating the oil, add garlic and turn up the heat to medium. The garlic will start to bubble, then fry, let it cook, occasionally stirring until the garlic is toasted and golden brown. Then remove from oil with a skimmer and place on a paper towel to drain.

  3. Add shallots to the oil, leave it on medium, fry the shallots occasionally stirring, then once most of the bubbling has subsided, and the shallots are golden brown, remove from oil with a skimmer and place on a paper towel to drain.

  4. Add chilies to the oil, gently stir those in, fry around 20 to 30 seconds or until fragrant and beginning to darken; remove from oil with a skimmer and place on a paper towel to drain.

  5. In a food processor, add dried shrimp, process on high until you get as fine of a powder as possible, remove, and reserve. In the same processor, add fried chilies, fried garlic, and shallots, blend on high until fine but slightly crumbly mixture.

  6. Using the same wok as before, set to medium-high, add shrimp powder, lightly stir fry until fragrant. Then add palm sugar (crushed), cook together constantly stirring until your palm sugar is dissolved, stir in your chili mixture, tamarind paste, fish sauce, let it simmer, often stirring until slightly thickened. Pour it into a bowl, and let it cool down completely.

Traditional Tom Yum:

  1. Devein the shrimp, remove the heads and shells place them in a separate bowl. In a medium stockpot, add all your shrimp heads and shells, add water, heat over medium-high; as soon as it starts to come to a boil, lower the heat to medium-low and simmer till reduced to about three cups skimming any foam that rises to the top, about ten minutes. Strain out the heads and shells.

  2. In a large piece of cheesecloth, add lemongrass, galangal, and wrap that up tightly to make a sachet and tie it together with kitchen twine.

  3. In a small stockpot, add enough vegetable oil to coat the bottom of the pot, heat over medium-high; add beech mushrooms (with the base cut off), oyster mushroom, sear that for three minutes, occasionally stirring, until browning and your mushrooms are softened. Remove.

  4. Add Nam Prik Pao, garlic, Thai chilis, saute that until fragrant about 30 seconds, add your sachet, add all of your shrimp stock and lime leaves, and then bring it to a light simmer over medium heat and cook for 15 minutes. Next, add the mushrooms back to the pot, add your shrimp, reduce the heat to low, and cook for two to three more minutes or when your shrimp is fully cooked.

  5. Remove the sachet and squeeze any extra juices. Add lime juice, fish sauce, palm sugar, give it a taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.

  6. Serve in a bowl, add a bit of the Nam Prik Pao oil (or chili oil), garnish with cilantro leaves.

Fancy Tom Yum:

  1. Slice the mushrooms about a half-inch thick scored in a crosshatch and sear in a pan; you can use a weight to press down for even searing, flip, and sear the other side—season with salt.

  2. Simmer scallions in water until soft. Add it to a blender with garlic and rice vinegar; blend it on high until smooth, then emulsify with toasted sesame oil and vegetable oil until it reaches the desired consistency. Pass it through a strainer, season with salt, and add it to a squirt bottle.

  3. Gently take a lobster from a shell while it is still raw (Remove vein). Place the lobster in the same cooking water we used for the scallions, keep the lobster in the water bath till cooked—about three to four minutes. Remove and brush with hot brown butter.

  4. Coconut Tom Yum- Mix equal parts of the Tom Yum with coconut cream, pass it through a mesh strainer, and season with salt.

  5. Plating- Place the lobster tail in the center of the plate. Slice the seared mushroom ion half lengthwise, lay it alternating next to the lobster. Alternating randomized dots of scallion emulsification onto your plate; tableside, pour your Tom Yum and coconut cream. A line of furikake on the mushrooms and some dots of chili oil on the Tom Yum cream, and finally some fresh cilantro and basil leaves.