PALEO & WHOLE 30 TOM YUM CHICKEN SOUP

PALEO & WHOLE 30 TOM YUM CHICKEN SOUP
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PALEO & WHOLE 30 TOM YUM CHICKEN SOUP

PALEO & WHOLE30 TOM YUM SOUP

On cold and windy spring days I crave hot soup.  PALEO & WHOLE30 Tom Yum Soup (also called Tom Yam) is one of my favourites.

While shopping the other day I noticed that many soup companies offer Tom Yum broth, found in the soup section.  The soup is often inexpensive, low in sodium, low in fat, low in sugar.  Campbell’s offers Chicken Thai broth that also works.  Buying a prepared version is cheaper than buying all the ingredients to make Tom Yum soup unless you plan on eating it more regularly.   Just make sure the broth is PALEO &. WHOLE30, meaning free of wheat/grain-based ingredients.

Tom yum or tom yam is a type of hot and sour soup, most often cooked with shrimp or chicken.  It possesses 3 distinctive flavours — sweet, spicy, and sour. While originally from Thailand, this soup is also made today in Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants and homes.  The words “tom yam” come from two Thai words with tom meaning boiling and yam referring to a Thai spicy and sour salad.  If you add coconut milk to the broth for a creamier version, it’s called Tom Ka Gai.  I like both, depending on my mood and appetite.

RECIPE TASTE PROFILE

The flavour of this soup is both sour and spicy.  It is usually made with a soup base, a paste called nam prik pao, made from spicy chilies.  Nowadays, name prik pao is not used as often.  Water and herbs like lemongrass, galangal, garlic, shrimp paste, and kaffir lime leaves are added to the broth.  A form of protein like shrimp or chicken is added and sometimes with vegetables like bok choy and rice noodles. 

DIRTY-BIRDY WINE PARTNER (FOR THOSE FOLLOWING DIRTY-PALEO AND DIRTY-WHOLE30)

With the predominant flavours of this soup being sour and spicy, you are best to choose a wine with a hint of sweetness.  An off-dry white wine or off-dry rose would be ideal.  Off-dry white wines include varietals like Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Muscat and Torrontés. That hint of sweetness in the wine will nicely offset the sourness and the spiciness in the soup creating a bridge to partner them together.  

THE NOODLES

You can substitute the rice noodles for grain-free noodles that can be prepared with our FRESH DOH mix.   In following a grain-free lifestyle myself, I use the grain-free noodle mix that my husband and I produce and sell on Amazona both in Canada and the USA.  Using this mix, I prepare thicker Asian udon noodles that are scrumptious, chewy, dense, and fulfilling in this Vietnamese soup.   The noodle mix is also non-GMO, all-natural, grain and gluten-free, Paleo, hand-made in Canada, and sugar-free.

*I have included a recipe and instructional video below on how to make FRESH DOH grain and gluten-free fresh pasta.  FRESH DOH Grain and Gluten-Free Fresh Pasta Dough Mix requires water only and a few minutes to roll out the DOH and boil the noodles for 3 minutes.  Roll by hand, not with a pasta machine.  Remember, the noodles don’t have gluten elasticity!  Don’t roll them too thin or narrow.  They will break.  But if they do, no worries.  Broken noodles taste just as delicious.  The noodles are thick and chewy and ideal for this Japanese noodle cold salad. The noodles have their very own taste profile.  They resemble udon noodles and have that wonderful chewy density.   

I hope you enjoy this recipe using the FRESH DOH fresh pasta dough mix, available on Amazon in North America.  

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Make noodles as per FRESH DOH Grain & Gluten-Free Fresh Pasta Dough Mix package directions. Boil noodles for 3 minutes. When noodles float to the water’s surface, drain and rinse under hot water. Coat with oil. Set aside.

SECRETS TO MAKING PERFECT DOH:

Follow package directions and always measure! When working with FRESH DOH think of yourself as a “baker”, not a cook. If you don’t measure exactly, you won’t get the right DOH results.

Grain and gluten-free dough (in general) is NOT FORGIVING like wheat dough. Why? Because gluten gives dough its elasticity and that’s why pizza makers can fling a pizza crust above their heads and catch it without any dough breakage.

Without gluten, grain-free DOH has little forgiveness. So follow the directions and refrain from rolling the DOH too thin. If the DOH is too thin you’ll have a challenge cutting and picking up the noodles without breaking them.  

The noodles expand in boiling water so cut them thinner than usual.

Make the other noodle shapes like rotini smaller than usual. They will also expand in size in boiling water.

Using a food processor or mixer (rather than by hand) makes the process of making the DOH easier, faster and better incorporated.

Be gentle in working with both raw and boiled noodles as they can easily break.

Even if noodles break, they are JUST as tasty. In fact, some dishes call for broken noodles! 

Tom Yum is also low in fat, low in sugar, high in protein and is nutritious.  Lemongrass adds a lemon-like quality to the soup and is readily available in Asian supermarkets.  If making from scratch be sure to use the white part only and chop finely.  Simmer the soup with the green stems, but be sure to remove them before serving.  Like galangal, lemongrass is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and is an antioxidant.  It can also be used in the making of ginger and lemongrass tea.  Kaffir lime leaves are believed to have a positive effect on the mind and the body.

Here is a video to show you has the noodles are made:

Here’s a simple version of Tom Yum Soup with Coconut Milk (Tom Ka Gai):

  • Author: FRESHDOH
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Ingredients

4 cups President’s Choice Tom Yum Soup*

lb skinless chicken breasts,  diced  

1/2 teaspoon dried crushed chilies

4 cloves garlic, minced

½ cup sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced thinly

1 red bell pepper, sliced

1 cup coconut milk (add more or less to taste)

½ to 1 teaspoon stevia (depending on how sweet you like it)

Juice from one lime

1/3 cup fresh coriander, roughly chopped

*Soup base recipe below

In a large stockpot, add soup and heat on medium-high. Reduce heat to low. Add chicken, chilies, garlic, mushrooms, and peppers. Let simmer. 

Add coconut milk. Taste test, adding fish sauce as desired. Add honey and lime juice. (Add more coconut milk if you want your soup creamier.)  Add stevia to taste.  Simmer for a minute.  Transfer to serving bowls.   Garnish each bowl with fresh coriander. 

Tom Yum Soup Base Recipe

4 cups chicken stock 

1 tablespoon Tom Yum paste*

1 stalk lemongrass (lower 1/3 part finely minced), plus upper parts of the stalk

4 cloves garlic, minced 

3 kaffir lime leaves, chopped (available at Asian food stores)

Juice from 1/2 lime juice 

1 tablespoon honey (if desired)

Instructions

In a large stockpot, add chicken stock and Tom Yum paste and heat on medium-high.  Pour lemongrass, including the upper parts of the stalk that you didn’t mince. Boil 5 to 6 minutes or until fragrant.  Reduce heat to low and let simmer. Add garlic, lime leaves, lime juice, and honey.  Simmer for another 5 minutes. (remove lemongrass stalks before serving.)