December 11, 2020
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Appetizing Tom Yum soup can dispel cold
Tom Yum Kung is said to be the ultimate representative of Thai cuisine. ‘Tom Yum” means hotpot with mixed spices, whereas ‘Kung’ means prawns. The prawns in the soup can be replaced with other seafood, chicken or pork.
There are many methods of cooking the Thai-style Tom Yum soup, but most of the commonly used ingredients are galangal, lemongrass, lemon leaves, cayenne pepper and lime. This soup would release a strong fragrance that can stimulate the stomach.
From the perspective of Chinese Medicine, galangal is warm in nature, can dispel cold and relieve pain, as well as warm the Meridians and control nausea; Lemongrass is warm in nature, can eliminate wind from the body, clear stasis and improve the circulation of the Meridians.
Lemon leaves are warm in nature, can improve the circulation of the qi and increase one’s appetite, as well as relieve cough and clear phlegm; cayenne pepper is hot in nature, can warm the Meridians and dispel cold, as well as increase one’s appetite; Lime on the other hand can improve the appetite of a person, quench one’s thirst and promote salivation.
Therefore, Tom Yum soup is suitable for individuals with a cold body condition as well those with appetite loss. Drinking a bowl of Tom Yum soup during the winter is especially beneficial in keeping the body warm!
Tom Yum Gung
Ingredients: 6 prawns, 5 Thai eggplants, 2 tomatoes, 10 button mushrooms, 1 galangal, 2 sticks of lemongrass, 6 kaffir lime leaves, 2 chills, 6 okras, 1 lime, 1 sachet of tom yum paste, 2 tablespoons of fish sauce, cane sugar and 1000ml water
1. Rinse the ingredients. Remove prawn head and the intestines, set the heads aside. Cut eggplants, tomatoes and button mushrooms. Cut lemongrass and tear kaffir lime leaves.
2. Heat the pan with oil, add prawn heads, galangal and tom yum paste to stir fry. Add water, boil with high heat, turn to low heat and cook for 5 minutes.
3. Add eggplants, tomatoes, button mushrooms, okra, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and chilis, cook with high heat and turn to low heat, cook for 10 minutes.
4. Add prawns and cook until they are cooked. Turn off the heat and add lime juice, fish sauce and cane sugar to taste.
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