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Old 01-19-2012, 03:19 PM   #1
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Faux Thai Tom Yum Soup

My husband said I really hit on something special with this recipe.

I was home sick with strep throat and was craving our local Thai restaurant's version of Tom Yum soup. They don't put shrimp or veggies in, as it is their appetizer soup they serve with salad before the meal. I couldn't go out and get it so I looked up recipes on line. I didn't have things like lemongrass, or keffir lime leaves, so I looked in my cupboards and found some substitutions that I think would work for the average cook that doesn't have these items on hand. It is surprisingly close to the one our local restaurant serves and my husband loves it.

Faux Tom Yum Soup

2 C chicken broth

1 can coconut milk

1 lime-use peel and juice

2 tsp ground coriander

1-2 tsp Chinese chili sauce

2 tsp ginger (I used jarred minced)

2 tsp garlic (again I used jarred minced)

1 1/2 Tbsp fish sauce

1/2 tsp salt

1-2 tsp ground black pepper

1-2 tsp coconut sugar or brown sugar substitute

4-6 scallions sliced thinly

Put all ingredients except 1/2 of lime juiced and scallions in pan (squeeze half of lime juice into pan, save other half for cutting into wedges to serve with finished soup). Be sure to add lime peel, peeled in long strips, as little pith as possible. Use smallest measurement of ingredients listed, then add extra to taste. Bring to boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes to extract the oil and essence from the lime peel.

Strain out or pick out lime peel. Add scallions and serve immediately if you like the scallions raw, or cook for a minute or 2 if you prefer them softened.

Cut last half of lime into wedges and squeeze juice from a wedge into each serving soup.

This is a spicy, brothy soup you can sip from a mug if you like. You can also add shrimp, mushrooms-straw or just button, and chopped tomatoes for a heartier version of the soup. I've also seen recipes where they add cilantro with the scallions as well.

Hope someone tries it and lets me know what ya think.
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Old 01-20-2012, 03:36 PM   #2
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I made this today because it's cold out and I was wanting something warm and comforting.

The broth is very delicious and would be great as a sipper when feeling sick! I did go a bit further after I'd at least tasted it (to give an unbiased opinion! ) and added some mushrooms and shrimp and red pepper strips to make it a bit more substantial.

Yummy!! This is definitely going in the keeper file, and it was so easy to make, too!

Thanks for sharing this one!
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Old 01-21-2012, 12:12 AM   #3
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Thx for trying it Jennie-it was my sick comfort soup too, lol.
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Old 01-21-2012, 02:33 PM   #4
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Subbing. Cant wait to try it.
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Old 01-21-2012, 02:45 PM   #5
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That sounds delicious, and made with stuff I generally have on hand too! Thanks - I'll give it a try, and probably also add some protein to it to make a meal of it.
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I just recently bought my first fish sauce and will have to "test" it out on your soup. This DOES sound delicious.
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Old 01-21-2012, 06:18 PM   #7
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My husband makes this soup for me, yum!
I like it when I'm sick too, Katt. Clears me right up.
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I believe I have unsweetened coconut cream, but not the milk. From what I read, they're both made the same way, but the milk starts off with equal parts coconut and water where the cream is 4 to 1--so I should be able to substitute 5 parts of coconut cream with 3 parts water. Look forward to making this.
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Old 01-22-2012, 10:51 PM   #9
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Glad to hear from you all. Let me know how it goes for you or if you have any good tweeks. I'm definitely open to suggestions for improvements.
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