Spicy Thai-Style Shrimp Soup
Thai cooks prepare a variety of quick, brothy soups packed with dynamic flavor. One of the best-known examples, tom yum, combines a spicy, slightly sour chicken broth base with shrimp, mushrooms, tomato, lemongrass, and kaffir lime leaves. It takes minutes to pull together, but requires specialty ingredients that many home cooks are unlikely to find in their local markets.
Why This Recipe Works
To get the right balance of hot, salty, sweet, and sour elements in our Thai-style shrimp soup, we substituted easy-to-find jalapeño peppers for traditional bird’s eye chiles. Saltiness came via fish sauce. The Thai-style shrimp soup recipe’s sourness authentically comes from a combination of lemon grass and kaffir lime leaves, which we replaced with lime juice added to the soup at the last minute. Plain white sugar, a substitute for palm sugar, helped balance the chile heat, fish sauce saltiness, and sourness.