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Tom Yam Kung listed among CNN’s 20 best soups of the world


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I'm vegetarian, but I did have a flaming bowl of tom yam het (straw mushrooms) at a restaurant.  They must have had a half-dozen or more fresh chili peppers in there.  Fortunately they were not finely chopped.  I like the flavor of Thai chilies and I don't need the extreme heat or somewhat evil flavor of Habaneros and the like.  We did grow some Thai peppers one year in the USA.  Perfect conditions I guess.  They were so hot even my wife wouldn't eat them.  Gave them to a crazy Laotian refugee family.

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my first meal in thailand was just ต้มยำกุ้ง ! it tastes best where locals eat. if you are a farang and can't stand strong chili pepper, let the chef know when you place your order...

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3 minutes ago, Capella said:

Tom kha gai should be at the top of the list, but then again most of what CNN says is rubbish. 

Why? Because they didn't put your personal favourite soup at the top of their list?

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6 minutes ago, JayClay said:

Why? Because they didn't put your personal favourite soup at the top of their list?

No, because most of what they say is rubbish. Tom kha isn't my personal soup either. Look at the menu of any Thai restaurant. 

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

Popular the globe over, iconic Thai dish honoured as a “favourite with many diners”

Doesn't look like that on my street corner.

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19 minutes ago, hotchilli said:

Doesn't look like that on my street corner.

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The picture is, I believe, of /tôm yam náam khôn/, a variant of the traditional soup, invented in the 1980s which includes evaporated milk or non-dairy creamer.  (The traditional soup is clear.)

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5 minutes ago, Oxx said:

The picture is, I believe, of /tôm yam náam khôn/, a variant of the traditional soup, invented in the 1980s which includes evaporated milk or non-dairy creamer.  (The traditional soup is clear.)

My local vendors looks like thin pink slop.

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1 hour ago, Capella said:

No, because most of what they say is rubbish. Tom kha isn't my personal soup either. Look at the menu of any Thai restaurant. 

Menus at restaurants don't rank soups by "best to worst"...

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39 minutes ago, hotchilli said:

Doesn't look like that on my street corner.

 

And not Jay Fai's version (clearish, no coconut milk/cream) at a cool 600 baht.

 

 

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4 minutes ago, JayClay said:

Menus at restaurants don't rank soups by "best to worst"...

Alphabetical? Is that even a ranking? Are menus usually "ranked"? Learn something new every day.

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9 minutes ago, mtls2005 said:

 

And not Jay Fai's version (clearish, no coconut milk/cream) at a cool 600 baht.

 

 

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600 baht... you're welcome.

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2 minutes ago, hotchilli said:

600 baht... you're welcome.

So the crab meat omelette at 1,000 baht is not up for discussion? 😉

 

 

More of a celebrity/food vlogger joint. Never been.

 

 

 

 

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Good luck to the Thais and their famous soup, and to CNN with their worthy search, but for me that soup is inedible - tried once out of curosity ... never again.

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8 minutes ago, mtls2005 said:

So the crab meat omelette at 1,000 baht is not up for discussion?

Ha ha... not today, or tomorrow, or the next day...😉

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13 minutes ago, mtls2005 said:

More of a celebrity/food vlogger joint. Never been.

Was she diving for some cockles?

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Looking at the list would say Thailands Tom Yum Kung is the top number 1 followed by the Georgian Kharcho and Moroccan Harira.

 

Suprised none of the US range of canned Campbell soups did not make in on CNN list.

 

 

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Great Tom yum can be sublime. I have found that it is all about the quality of the chili paste, among other factors. This seems to be the best chili paste around, and it is fairly easy to find in the supermarkets. Do not even consider any others. None are of this quality, and it is nearly impossible to make a truly great Tom yum without it. 

 

 

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Tom yom kung from the soi? Blecchh, no thanks.

From a decent restaurant? ok

When my wife cooks it at home? Hell ya, more please.

 

 

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