Tom Yam or Tom Yum? Either way it’s very tasty
The real key to Tom yam is finding a place that serves a wholesome bowl full of the special ingredients that make this soup so good.
What is Tom yum soup?
Tom yum soup is a spicy sour flavorsome soup from both Thailand and Laos. It’s known locally as tom yam meaning “boiling” and “spicy salad”. In Malaysia and Singapore it’s known more by the name tom yum. So I guess we’ll refer to it as tom yam for Thailand!
The main ingredients for the broth are lemongrass, lime leaves and lime juice, fish sauce along with crushed chili peppers. Tourist versions of this soup often come with added coconut milk.
After the broth is made tom yam often has meat added in the form of either chicken, pork, beef or shrimp. Depending on the meat and the style of cooking the name of the soup changes.
- Tom yam thal – seafood
- Tom yam kai – chicken
- Tom yam nam khon – prawns with coconut milk
Where to find good tom yam soup in Bangkok?
I’ve only ever discovered two very good places to get good tom yam soup everyday in Bangkok as opposed to random good days and so so days. The first is at 311 cafe near the Hua Lamphong railway station – they don’t spare the prawns! The second is at MBK’s food island vendor number C9 – a big bowl of flavor here.
Elsewhere it’s really hard to go wrong with tom yam soup. The worst are simple the ones that don’t add much meat. The flavour and soup are great though.
With that in mind you’ll soon find your own favorite place!
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