• Tom Yum Gai (Thai Hot Sour Soup)

    Now, I LOVE me some hot sour soup of the Chinese variety, but who knew that Thai hot sour is every bit as delicious, albeit in a more different way?! Not me, but I’m here to tell you, this is fantastic stuff! Spicy, savory, tart and delicious.

    TomYumGaiTom Yum Gai
    1 tablespoon sesame oil
    1 white onion, diced
    2 green onions, cut into 2″ lengths and sliced lengthwise
    2 small tomatoes, cut into eighths
    1/2 lb skinless chicken breasts, diced
    1 1/2 cups button mushrooms, quartered
    4 cups chicken stock
    3 stalks lemongrass, cut the stalks diagonally 2-inch long, scored lightly
    10 fresh kaffir lime leaves
    2″ piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
    3 tablespoons fish sauce
    1 1/4 teaspoons thai chili garlic paste
    5 bird’s eye chili peppers, sliced
    1 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
    2 teaspoons sugar
    juice from 5 limes

    In a 5 quart stock pot, heat the sesame oil until rippling, then add the chicken, white onion and ginger. Sautee until chicken starts to brown and onions are translucent. Add the stock and remaining ingredients except the green onions and cilantro. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add green onions and cilantro, simmer another 2-3 minutes, then serve immediately.

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