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Sand dabs in Tom Yam

Tom Yam is one of the best-known dishes from East Asian cuisine. It is a clear soup that features spicy, savoury, tangy and zesty flavours. It is known in many variants; this one adds sand dab fillets.

Sand dabs in Tom Yam

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Ingredients

500

g

sand dab fillet

2

l

fish stock

12

leaves

kaffir lime

4

stalks

lemon grass

5

slices

galangal

3−6

 

birdseye chilli peppers

4

 

shallots, finely diced

2

cloves

garlic, grated

4

 

tomatoes, sectioned

400

g

mushrooms

3

 

lime, juice

 

 

Thai fish sauce (nam pla)

 

 

fresh coriander

 

 

roasted chilli sauce (nam prik pao)

Preparation method

  • Heat the fish stock with the kaffir lime leaves, lemon grass, chilli peppers and galangal, and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Strain the broth and add the diced shallot, grated garlic, tomato wedges and sliced mushrooms, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Season the soup to taste with lime juice and fish sauce.
  • Add the sand dab fillets and cook gently.
  • Garnish the soup with fresh coriander, and add chilli sauce if desired.

Serving suggestions

  • On its own as a hot starter.
  • As a main dish served with noodles or rice.
  • You can also remove the poached fish fillets and use them as a component in a composition, e.g. with tagliatelle of cucumber.

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