Possibly the quickest dish that I have in my dinner repertoire, this tasty little number will take you a mere 8 minutes or so to make and that includes the chopping!
The beautiful aromas from this recipe will send your taste buds into a frenzy – so when you sit down to devour this brightly coloured bowl, be prepared for a flavour hit like no other. Tom Yum has a unique spicy and sour taste, which is nicely balanced out with the delicate flavour of coconut milk.
The beauty of this dish is that no repetition of the recipe has to be the same. I generally mix it up every time I make it – sometimes I like to add things like pak choi or perhaps some peppers and coriander (Check out my Instagram page for variations of the recipe). The noodle type that you choose to add to your dish is also entirely up to you – rice noodles , soba noodles and flat noodles are all great additions.
The two main ingredients of flavour for this recipe should be readily available at your local Asian store.
Serves: 2-4 depending on portion sizes
- 1 teaspoon of Tom Yum Paste (pictured below)
- 1 teaspoon of Chilli Garlic Sauce (see below)
- 1 carrot
- 1 spring onion
- 8 cherry tomatoes
- 16 cooked jumbo king prawns (8 per serve)
- 1 can of coconut milk (400ml)
- ¼ of a fresh lime
- Soba/rice/flat noodles (70g per person)
- 1 tablespoon of sunflower/rapeseed/garlic or sesame oil
- Pinch of salt
- Chop up your carrot and spring onion into round pieces and cut the tomatoes into halves.
- Boil a kettle with enough water to cook your noodles. I used soba noodles for this particular recipe, which require only three minutes cooking time – so I prepped them half way through the recipe.
- Heat your oil in a deep frying pan or wok and add the Tom Yum Paste and the Chilli Garlic Sauce. Next, add the carrots and spring onion and fry off for about two minutes.
- Pour the coconut milk into the pan and give everything a good stir. Next, squeeze in your fresh lime quarter and pinch of salt, add the tomato halves and cook on a high heat for about two minutes.
- Add in your prawns and cook the sauce for a further two – three minutes.
- To serve – simply lay a bed of noodles into a bowl and pour over with the creamy delicious tasting sauce.
Tip: If using prawns from frozen, just place them in a bowl of cold water and they will defrost in minutes.