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curry or soup is a popular dish in Thailand. Soup is served or consumed at meals, like
tea, even for breakfast. Street vendors or paddle boat vendors serve countless
varieties of soup. Soups are also full meals when rice or noodles are added along
with meats, seafood, tofu and vegetables. Unlike in the West, it is not served as a first
course, but is served with all the other dishes on the table.
starts of as bland soup made of rice (Kaeng Chut) or other ingredients. To
this basic soup are added the rich and varied condiments, seasonings, herbs, spices,
roots, chilies, tamarind, fish sauce, palm sugar etc. to create varied and tasteful
concoctions. The most popular Thai soup all over the world is Tom Yum soup which is
flavored with lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, shallots, chilies, coriander leaves,
seasoned with fish sauce and lemon juice. "Yam",
means that everything is just tossed into the stock as it simmers and released its flavor.
Kah Gai" (Coconut milk soup)
The following recipe is for chicken, but any meat can be substituted! Tom Kah can be
served as part of a meal, or can be a meal in itself.
16 oz chicken broth
4 lime leaves
2 inch piece lemon grass
1-inch piece galangal ("kah") sliced thinly.
4 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
4 oz chicken breast, cut into small bite sized pieces
5 fl ounces coconut milk
pinch of red chili powder
cilantro leaves (as a garnish)
After you have heated the chicken broth, add in all of the ingredients except for the
chicken and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, then add the remaining two ingredients. Let it
boil for 2 minutes, until the chicken is done, then bring it down to a simmer for a few
"Tom Yum Goong" - Spicy Shrimp Soup
This is a hot and sour Thai soup that is great as an appetizer or as a main dish when
served with rice. Its robust fragrance is sure to tempt your tastebuds.
1/2 pound peeled shrimp
4 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon chili oil
10 lime leaves (kaffir leaf)
3 tablespoons lime juice
4 stalks green onion
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 cup whole straw mushrooms
3 stalks fresh lemongrass
6 fresh Thai chilies (prik kee noo)
1. Prepare the chicken stock in a medium to large sized pot, and then bring to a boil.
2. Add the lime leaves and lemongrass stalks to the pot, and reduce the heat to simmering.
Cook for five minutes.
3. Remove only the lemongrass, and turn the heat to high. Add in the shrimp, mushrooms,
chili oil, and the Thai chilies. Boil until the shrimp are done (about 2 minutes)
4. Remove from stove, you're almost done!
5. Add in the fish sauce and limejuice, and stir. Some like it more sour, others more
Yum Goong - (Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup)
- Bring chicken stock to the boil adding lemon grass,
chilies, galangal and lime leaves to taste.
- Boil for 1 to 2 minutes. Add fish sauce, shrimps and
mushrooms to taste, and cook for 2 minutes or until shrimps are pink
- Add onions, palm sugar, lime juice and chili Paste
- Lower the heat and cook for about 3 minutes.
- Check seasoning; add more fish sauce or lime juice for
a hot and piquant soup.
Types of Thai Soups
TOM KHA KAI- Chicken in coconut cream soup
PO-TEAK A Spicy combination sea food soup with the taste of lemon grass, chili, kaffir
lime and herbs served in a traditional charcoal hot pot
Kaeng chut a mild flavored soup made of vegetables and/or shrimp,
chicken and pork
Kaeng chut wun sen the same as kaeng chut but with shredded jelly
Kaeng liang a typical Thai style vegetable soup
Tom yam a chili hot and sour soup made with pork, shrimp, beef,
chicken or fish
Tom indicating that a dish is boiled
Khao tom mu a mild rice soup flavored with pork
Khao tom pla a mild rice soup flavored with fish
Khao tom kung a mild rice soup flavored with shrimp
Tom khlong salted fish boiled with tamarind and onions
Pet tun steamed duck soup
Khao phot corn soup
Hu cha lam sai pu shark fin soup with crab meat
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