This is a hot and sour soup which is very popular all over the world and you can either make it with vegetables and tofu or make chicken or seafood Tom Yum. My favourite is seafood as it cooks in minutes and is delicious and low in calories. The more seafood you add, the bigger the meal. The broth is made from fishbones and prawn shells but if you don’t have any then use a good quality vegetable or chicken stock – either homemade with chicken carcass or using stock cubes.
- 1 Tablespoon of Nonya Secrets Red Curry mix
- 200g Tiger prawns, shelled and deveined
- 200g Hake (or Cod or Monk fish)
- 100g Fresh squid, cleaned and cut into pieces
- 200g Clams or mussels
- 50g Fresh button mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 2 Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon of fish sauce
- Fresh coriander leaves
Make a stock using prawns shells and fish bones. Caramelise the prawn shells in a spoonful of oil until they turn a bright pink and then top it up with 1 litre of water. Boil for about 20 minutes and then strain.
Seafood Tom Yum takes only 5 minutes or so to cook so it’s best to add your seafood only when you are ready to serve so that the fish tastes fresh moist and succulent. Once you’ve got your stock you can start adding your seasoning, Red Curry Mix. Add a tablespoon of fish sauce and adjust seasoning according to your taste.
Then add your seafood in order of which needs longer time to cook – mushrooms first then fish followed by prawns, squid and mussels (if you are using it).
Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, according to your taste.
Now if you want a stronger chilli flavour – you can either add more of the paste or a spoonful of Nonya Secrets Surani Sauce, which is a tamarind and chilli paste which is perfect for this dish, or you can just add more chilli flakes or birds eye chillies. Serve in a soup bowl and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
You could also vary the dish by using chicken instead of seafood, replacing the fish stock with chicken stock and the fish and seafood with shredded chicken breast