Monday, November 5, 2007

Tom yum soup with lime and white fish


  • 1 litre/1½pints water or light chicken stock
  • 6 small sticks of lemongrass
  • 12 lime leaves, torn in half (optional)
  • 1 long red chilli, sliced
  • 20g/1oz fresh root ginger, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 20g/1oz palm sugar or light demerara
  • 200g/7oz white fish, such as cod, skin and bone removed
  • 50mls/1¾fl oz vegetable oil
  • handful of picked coriander leaves handful of basil leaves
  • 2 limes, halved


1. Pour the water or stock into a pan and add the lemon grass, torn lime leaves, chilli, ginger, fish sauce and sugar.

2. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to very low and leave to infuse for 10 minutes.

3. Cut the white fish into 1cm square cubes and drop into the broth.

4. Quickly heat a griddle or frying pan and rub the scallops with a little oil.

5. Carefully place scallops in the pan, and don't touch for three minutes, until you can see the scallops colouring around the edges.

6. Turn them over and cook for a further three minutes.

7. Distribute the coriander and basil among six little bowls. Squeeze a little lime juice over the top and pour in the soup.

8. Place a scallop in each bowl and garnish with a stick of lemongrass.



Big Boys Oven said...

Looks like a sure winner there, so lovely and so refreshing!

Richa said...

i like the flavor of lemon grass in my dishes :)

Finla said...

I love this soup. As it is having a sweet and sour taste. But my hubby hates it. So i am comming to your place to have it :-)

Ti said...

Big boys oven: Thank you, especially if you like more chilli on the soup.
Richa: Lemon grass have a strong and lovely flavor, don't you think so?.
Happy cook: Sure, you can enjoy my soup :)