Comfort food 3


It’s freeeezing up here in the North West. The rain is lashing down, my windows are rattling in the wind and even the ladybirds that have sneaked in the flat hoping for warmth are all huddled together in nooks and crannies. Plus a trip to the big smoke for yesterday and being soaked through have left me feeling decidedly peaky, which even being treated to a hot toddy at Shoreditch House by a dear old friend has failed to dent.

There’s only one thing for it: Yum Yum soup. I’ve seen this called variously Tom Yum/Tom Yam soup but has been Yum Yum soup to me since discovering it in a Thai restaurant years ago and finding it’s spicy, sour goodness making short work of a particularly bad case of the sniffly blues. I can’t promise this is an authentic recipe but it’s really quick to make, you can adjust the spiciness and ingredients to your taste, it tastes amazing and is guaranteed to clear out the passages!

Here’s how I make it:

  • Chop up some garlic, shallots and chili and fry in a pan with a small amount of oil
  • Add a generous spoonful or two of Tom Yam paste
  • Add 500 ml of boiling water, a good slug of fish sauce and some lime juice
  • Throw in some prawns and mushrooms (or any other veg you fancy – also goes nicely with spinach and baby corn)
  • Eat!

What’s your favourite comfort food?

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