- 4 cups chicken stock
- 2 stalks lemongrass, lightly pounded
- 3 small slices fresh galangal
- 4 tablespoons fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 can straw mushroom or local fresh mushrooms
- 3 fresh lime leaves
- 2 chili pepper
- 20 large shrimp
- 1 small can coconut milk
- fresh cilantro to garnish
- Wash the prawns and shell them without removing the tails.
- Bring stock broth to a boil. Add lemongrass, galangal, chili, and lime leaves. Bring back to a boil then add mushrooms, fish sauce and lime juice. Add coconut milk. Add prawns. As soon as prawns turn pink, serve garnished with cilantro.
- If lime leaves are not available, you can substitute it with lime zest. Two tablespoons of lime zest are equivalent to four lime leaves.
- Adjust ample amount of chili peppers, others do not like it to be too spicy.
- You can also mix other seafood varieties: squid, mussels, shells, salmon etc.
- The key ingredient for Tom Yum is the Galangal
Galangal is a rhizome that resembles ginger. It produces an immense aromatic scent that makes it an essential ingredient for Tom Yum. Ginger is utilized only as a last resort when Galangal is not available.
Galangal is not readily available in your local grocery stores; only in Thai Grocery stores.