When I encountered hot and exciting “Tom” in Thailand, my heart beat faster, my cheeks became flushed and I instantly fell in love.
Don’t worry… I haven’t run away with a handsome young man, just enjoyed a delicious bowl of soup. One of the best parts of traveling to Thailand is the opportunity to try the fresh, healthy and flavourful cuisine. Thai food is all about refreshing dishes with wonderful spicy flavours and spicy aromas and Thai chefs focus on harmoniously integrating flavours and letting the zing of the original ingredients shine.
When I was in Thailand, eating was a pleasure that I looked forward to every day. The selection of food is dazzling and cuisine is treated like an art. Whether you are dining in a luxurious resort restaurant or picking up some quick and cheap food from a street vendor, your meal will be prepared with a flourish, a healthy dose of spice and perhaps even a decorative vegetable carved in the shape of a flower.
I remember the delight of standing in a busy street in Rambuttri village in Bangkok watching an elderly Thai woman mix up rice noodles, chicken, sprouts, fish sauce, vinegar, egg and lime juice in her sizzling wok with expert precision. The hot and savoury smell filled the air and when I finally received my Styrofoam tray of Pad Thai I couldn’t shovel the addictive salty sour noodles into my mouth fast enough! Oh how I miss eating fresh and delicious Thai food!
While you are enjoying your getaway in Thailand, be sure to take the opportunity to try Tom Yam Goong Soup. Rather than being so overpoweringly hot that you will end up gulping down water and holding back tears, Tom Yam Goong Soup has a complex and interesting blend of spices with several tastes mixing together for a delicate balance.
I tried Tom Yam Goong Soup for the first time in a restaurant at a beach resort in Koh Lanta, while watching the waves of the turquoise Andaman Sea break against the shore. I took one spoonful of the brightly coloured and fragrant soup and I was in love – each slurp was different than the last and its flavour warmed me from the inside out.
Here is a recipe for Tom Yam Goong Soup so that you can recreate the flavour at home with your family when you return from your holiday in Thailand: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/tomyumsoup_85069