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Tom Yam Gung

I've made a fantastic tom yam gung twice in the past week, and I'd like to share the recipe I use for this spicy Thai staple soup.

I use Austin Bush's recipe, but I modify it a bit, since some of the ingredients are difficult to find in America.

So, just follow along with Austin, but feel free to use the following substitutions.

  • Galangal: Use ginger root but only about two-thirds of the suggested "thumb-sized piece".
  • Lemongrass: It's difficult to find in American supermarkets, so if you can't find it, you could try a paste, which is what I use.
  • Coriander: Use cilantro, and for the coriander root, use plenty of cilantro stalk.
  • Straw mushrooms: Any small type of mushroom should work well, as long as they're not the ridiculously common white kind.
  • Chili peppers: For two servings, use two medium-to-large jalapeño peppers plus a couple teaspoons of crushed red pepper.
  • Kaffir lime leaves: I just omit these because I don't know what would be a good substitute. Just use lots of lime juice, instead! The juice of two whole rolled limes seems to work well.

Beautiful soup. Read Austin's recipe and enjoy thoroughly!


I made this recently:

it's awesome. (but be sure to have ice cream and friends nearby when ready to serve)

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Okay...case closed. The next time someone calls me a foodie for discussing the interplay of flavors in a filet diane, I am going to refer them to your website. You're nothing but a culinary aesthete, and you'll never ever be any better. :-) J/K

The soup was super tasty!! It's one of my favorite dinners with you. :-)

oh man, make some for me!!

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