Tom Yum Soup, (Thai fish soup)

Tom Yum Soup
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large shallot
  2. 3 cloves garlic
  3. 3-4 thai chiles
  4. 3 cups vegetable stock
  5. 2, 2 inch filets of salmon
  6. 3 lemon grass stalks, bottom stem cut off, first outer layer of leaves discarded and then thinly sliced on an angle
  7. 4 kafir lime leaves (each stem contains what seems to be 2 leaves, they are attached and are only considered to be 1 leaf. Therefore you need 4 stems), stems removed
  8. 4 inches of galangal, peeled, thinly sliced
  9. 3 button mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
  10. 5 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  11. 3 tbsp sugar
  12. 1 Tbsp fish sauce (optional)
  13. 1 Tbsp soy sauce (if you are not using fish sauce, use 2 Tbsp)
  14. 2-3 limes, halved
  15. 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
Instructions
  1. In a mortar and pestle, or a food processor, combine shallot, garlic and chiles to make a paste.
  2. Set a aside.
  3. In a medium sized pot combine stock, lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves
  4. Bring soup to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for about 10 minutes until the soup becomes very fragrant.
  5. Add mushrooms, tomatoes and sugar.
  6. stir until sugar is dissolved and mushrooms have cooked through.
  7. Add reserved chile paste, soy sauce and fish sauce (if using) and mix to combine.
  8. Gently place salmon in the pot and allow soup to simmer until the salmon is cooked to your liking.
  9. Turn off heat and squeeze in lime juice from 2 limes.
  10. Taste to adjust seasonings.
  11. Serve in a shallow bowl with a piece of salmon in each and sprinkle fresh cilantro over the top.
  12. Enjoy:)
Notes
  1. The ingredients in this soup are very similar to the ingredients in the Thai Tom Kah Gai soup (coconut chicken soup). With a few easy adjustments this soup is transformed into a whole different meal. It is the galangal, kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass that make these soups truly Thai.
  2. I do not recommend leaving them out. Rather order the ingredients from the links I provided, wait a day or two to make this and have your taste buds be totally blown away by the incredible flavors!
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