Thursday, April 02, 2009
Tom Yum Soup...Well My Version
A neighbour and I have been going for "power walks" to work out and run errands together. It's been a blast. We stopped for some Tom Yum Soup on the weekend...and I became obsessed with recreating the recipe.
I put cabbage very tiny chopped into this McGyvering of soup. I used a litre of chicken stock, some tomatoes, some tomato paste, lemons, minature red and orange peppers, garlic...and I landed up making about five quarts for a really small amount of money...maybe $10. Enough for several lunches for myself and Stagg thats for sure. I took some over to my neighbours too. then she also went and got ingredients and we had a taste test. Her soup was WAY more close to the real thing...almost identical. Mine ws as just a little lighter...but she had got sesame oil and chili oil, she used bok choy.
I totally didn't use all the correct ingredients. It's not like me to not follow a recipe faithfully the first time I try it...but I just didn't have chili oil. So I sauted the thai chili paste with the onions. I didn't get ginger, kaffir leaves and lemongrass. Okay okay...I know...it's not even anywhere near Tom Yum Soup. But you'd be surprised...I really did get it close to tasting like the official recipe...and till I get to the grocery store in a few days this did the trick.
I don't know what is going on here. It's like gotten completely out of control on my counter next to stove. I have my stainless steel trendy designed water bottle (which I bought in Knoxville) and odd bottles of spices and a mixer bought on sale...crazy. Oh well, thats what it looks like today you might as well see it too.
For fun I jullienned the carrots.
I really recommend getting together with a friend or neighbour and having a fun recipe comparison. It was awesome to trade soups with J and we even made a night of it this week...watching The Real Housewives of New York (J is new to Chicago too...she moved here from NY) Trading soups also gave a great variety of flavours for the same amount of labour.
I'm going to pick up kaffir leaves, lemon grass etc later on this week. Stagg is on holiday starting tomorrow night!!! Yipppeee!!!! But right now, he is home sick from work today, poor guy.