Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sweat it out

Today my household (meaning my dog and husband) came down with a little cold/flu. My remedy is of course to SWEAT it out with hot and spicy soups. My favorite recipe is from Thai Kitchen. Its a great Tom Yum recipe. I add extra spicy hot and sour seasoning as well as chopped bean sprouts and carrots. Its great to sweat out that cold. Well, at least my husband feels better. The dog didn't get any Tom Yum, just some chicken broth on her dog food. That should help, right? HA HA!

Tom Yum Hot & Sour Soup

This is one of Thailand’s most famous soups. Some say it helps cure colds.

(Serves 4)

12 oz. chicken,
3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
3 pieces fresh lemongrass (tender bottom 2/3 inch of stalk only)
2-3 Tbs. Thai Kitchen Premium Fish Sauce
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
2 kaffir lime leaves (optional)
1” piece fresh galangal (Thai ginger) or Chinese ginger,
sliced and bruised
2 Tbs. sugar
1/4 cup chopped bean sprouts (semi cooked)
1/4 cup chopped carrots

2 Tbs. Thai Kitchen Roasted Red Chili Paste
1 (15 oz.) can straw mushrooms, drained
Optional- spicy hot and sour seasoning

Bone and skin the chicken; cut into large pieces. In a large pot, combine the stock, lemongrass, fish sauce, lime juice, kaffir lime leaves, galangal and sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add roasted red chili paste and stir well to incorporate. Add the mushrooms and the chicken and simmer for an additional 10 to 15 minutes until chicken is cooked. Remove lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and galangal from soup before serving. Garnish with cilantro.

And yes its GLUTEN FREE. Woo-hoo!


1 comment:

Kelly said...

Wow; interesting.
I may have to try this one.
The strange thing is those odd 'fish seasoning'?! When do you use that again?!
Hope you are well,