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Toam Yum Gai (Thai Soup)

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Category: Thai

 Ingredients List

  • ---------------------------GENERIC CHICKEN BROTH---------------------------
  • 2 tb Olive Oil
  • 1 ts Sesame Oil
  • 3 Whole cloves
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 Sprig of fresh thyme *
  • 1 md Onion; cut into pieces
  • 2 lg Carrots; cut into pieces
  • 1 Chicken, cut into pieces **
  • 6 c Water


Mushrooms ***
Shrimp if you want ***
1 Stalk lemongrass
cut into 2 inch pieces
2 sl Galanga root
(more if you like
chewing on them.)
4 Kaffir lime leaves
Cilantro leaves as desired
1 ts Chili sauce
2 tb Fish sauce
1 1/2 tb Lemon juice

Sliced hot peppers
-(2 or 3 slices per serving)

* (ad libbed with about 1 tsp or 1 tblsp of powdered thyme)

** (Some boneless skinless chicken pieces, plus some thighs with the bones
bashed once with the back of a knife would be ok too the point being to
get the flavor from the marrow out.)

*** as many as you want, cut any way you want, of any kind you want

Instructions: Use a large covered stockpot. Heat olive and
sesame oil on high heat. Add cloves, bay leaves, thyme, (these should be
pounded a bit first to crack the fibers and release more flavor) and onion,
carrots. Cover 2 minutes, stir if you want.

Add chicken on top, and pour ONE cup of water over the tops of the chicken.
Cover. Cook 5 minutes on high.

Add remainder of water, cover, continue heating till it starts to boil,
then turn heat down and simmer covered 30 minutes. Skim off foam
occasionally. Remove chicken, debone, and cut into bite sized pieces.
Strain soup, avoid getting the sediment at the bottom. (What you do with
the leftover veggies after making a stock is up to you. I think they end up
in Minnesotan hot dishes....)

Take 4 cups of the stock, heat until it begins to boil, turn down the heat
till it is just simmering. Add galanga, lemongrass, Kaffir lime leaves
(bash them a bit to break the fibersit allows them to release more
flavor). Add mushrooms, chicken, (shrimp if you must). Stir in the fish
sauce, chili paste. Cover, cook for another 5 minutes. Serve.

Add lemon juice (just have slices of lemon or lime that you can squeeze)
cilantro, and thinly sliced jalepenos or other hot peppers at the table.
Fresh liquorice basil also adds a nice touch.

Comments/Modifications: We cheated and used
Swansons reduced salt chicken stock for the water in the beginning because
we used boneless skinless chicken. Can't tell if it hurt or helped.

Also had 4 shiitake mushrooms which had been soaking for several days, so
they were cut up, and the soaking juice was added along with the chicken
and mushrooms. About one cup of this. Big win. Yum.

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