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Tifichan's Tom (Yummy) Yum Soup

1 15 oz. can broken straw mushrooms
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced or cubed
1 15 oz. can baby corn
8 oz. tofu, sliced or cubed, browned in oil
1 ½ t dried wakame
2" piece of konbu
½ a bag dried lemongrass or 2 fresh stalks bruised and cut into 1" pieces
6 c vegi-chicken stock
10 dried red chilis, halved lengthwise
6 T lime juice
2 kaffir lime leaves or zest from 1 lime
3 T sriracha
2 T soy sauce or miso dissolved in water
1 small can bamboo shoots, sliced into matchsticks
1-2" knob ginger or galangal, minced
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 green onions, sliced
½ a bunch cilantro, chopped, stems and leaves separated

bring the first 15 ingredients + cilantro stems to boil, simmer for 10-20 mins. garnish w/ cilantro leaves and green onions after finished cooking. if using miso, add it after cooking so you don’t kill the good bacterias in it. the lemongrass, dried chilis, lime leaves and konbu aren’t very fun to chew, so remove them before serving. this is SUPER spicy, so beware :) the seaweeds add a fishy/ocean-y taste to replace the fish sauce in a traditional recipe.

to make tom yum into tom kha, replace 2 cups of stock w/ 1 can of coconut milk. some other alterations you can do are replace the bamboo shoots w/ water chestnuts (also sliced into matchsticks), use 5 fresh small scotch bonnet or habanero peppers, sliced into matchsticks, instead of the dried chilis, and/or add a clove of minced garlic. this recipe is really fun to just mix and match to your preference :)

1 comment:

oktokrewl said...

i used fresh oyster mushrooms and the fresh hot peppers instead of dried red chilis.. i love this soup so much :).. also, you can totally use less hot sauce in it, it is still super good.. i just like it really hot hehe