Tom Yum

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  • 19 May - 25 May, 2018
  • Mag The Weekly
  • High Life

Tom yum or tom yam is a type of hot and sour Thai soup, usually cooked with shrimp, that has its origin in Central Thailand. The name is derived from two Thai words; “tom” refers to the boiling process, while “yam” refers to a Thai spicy and sour salad. Indeed, tom yum is characterised by its distinct hot and sour flavours, with fragrant spices and herbs generously used in the broth. The basic broth is made of stock and fresh ingredients such as lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal (ginger), lime juice, fish sauce, and crushed chilli peppers and is sprinkled with coriander. In the modern popularised versions, the soup also contains mushrooms – usually straw mushrooms or oyster mushrooms. A 100g serving of tom yum provides approximately 30 calories; 1.5g fat, 0.6g of protein, 3.9g of carbohydrate and 354mg of sodium.