Tom yam sauce

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Tom Yam, also spelled as Tom Yum, is a quintessential Thai soup known for its intense, vibrant flavor profile that encompasses sour, spicy, and savory notes. While “Tom Yam” refers specifically to the soup itself, a Tom Yam paste or sauce can be prepared as a base for this soup or used in various other dishes to infuse them with the characteristic Tom Yam flavors. The soup, a staple in Thai cuisine, traditionally includes broth, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lime juice, fish sauce, and chili peppers. It’s often made with shrimp (Tom Yam Goong) but can also include other proteins like chicken (Tom Yam Gai). The paste, similarly, incorporates these essential ingredients.

Serves: +10
  • Lemongrass 2 stalks
  • Galangal 30 g
  • Kaffir lime leaves 5 pieces
  • Thai bird’s eye chilies 5 pieces
  • Garlic 3 cloves
  • Shallots 2 chopped
  • Shrimp paste 5 g
  • Lime juice 30 ml
  • Fish sauce 15 ml
  • Palm sugar 10 g
  • Vegetable oil 30 ml
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  • Start by finely chopping the lemongrass, galangal, shallots, and garlic. Tear the kaffir lime leaves into pieces. If using whole dried Thai chilies, rehydrate them in warm water for a few minutes before chopping.
  • In a food processor or blender, combine the lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, Thai bird’s eye chilies, garlic, shallots, and shrimp paste. Pulse until a paste forms. Depending on the blender’s power, you may need to add a small amount of water or vegetable oil to help blend the ingredients smoothly.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the blended paste and fry it for a few minutes until aromatic. Be careful not to burn it.
  • Add the lime juice, fish sauce, and palm sugar to the pan. Stir well until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is well combined.
  • Allow the mixture to simmer for a few minutes until it thickens slightly into a sauce consistency.
  • Let the sauce cool down before transferring it to a jar or container.

Storage Tips

Tom Yam sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. For longer storage, it can be frozen in ice cube trays and then transferred to a freezer bag, keeping it usable for up to 3 months.

Useful Properties of the Main Ingredient

Lemongrass, one of the key ingredients in Tom Yam sauce, is known for its digestive health benefits and anti-inflammatory properties. It also adds a citrusy flavor that is integral to the sauce’s unique taste profile.

Interesting Facts

  • Tom Yam is often considered the national soup of Thailand, showcasing the balance of flavors that Thai cuisine is famous for.
  • The soup’s name, “Tom Yam,” translates to “boiling sour,” reflecting its preparation method and taste.
  • A scientific study suggested that the ingredients in Tom Yam soup have immune-boosting and disease-fighting properties, due in part to the combination of herbs and spices used.

This Tom Yam sauce recipe captures the essence of the beloved Thai soup, offering a convenient way to add its distinctive sour and spicy flavors to a variety of dishes.

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