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Foodie Fables: Living To Eat

Foodie Fables: Living To Eat

Foodie Life I am a big fat foodie. If I had the words to explain just how passionate I am about food and eating food, I’d probably turn even the fussiest of eaters into foodies overnight. I think to think I’d be able to inspire […]

Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes

Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes

PEANUT BUTTER BANANA PANCAKES Breakfast –  it’s the most important meal of the day, yet so many of us skip or scrimp on it. With such employment-centric lives, we pass up on the best meal of the day for an extra few minutes in bed. We […]

Chilli Duck Ramen

Chilli Duck Ramen

Duck Ramen – My Bastardised Take on a Japanese Speciality If you follow me on Instagram (which you totally should if you’re into food porn – follow me here: https://www.instagram.com/munchiedup), then you’ll probably have noticed my love affair with ramen. It started off simple, a […]

Butter Chicken Curry

Butter Chicken Curry

Weirdly, the best chicken curry recipe I have ever tried was on the top floor of a shopping mall in Thailand. It was a rich, creamy thick sauce coating perfectly cooked char-grilled chicken thigh. It had such a buttery quality to it, it was mild, […]

Penne Arrabbiata with Chorizo

Penne Arrabbiata with Chorizo

Penne Arrabbiata with Chorizo – A Pasta Recipe with a Spanish Kick Italian food is the ultimate comfort. It is simple, yet beautiful. It is filling but fresh. Pasta recipes, especially penne arrabbiata are easy to make and will leave you satisfied for hours. What […]

Glasgow Restaurants: Nippon Kitchen

Glasgow Restaurants: Nippon Kitchen

Glasgow Restaurants Nippon Kitchen Sometimes I stumble across a proper gem of a restaurant by sheer luck, my hunger pangs guiding me to foodie haven, like they know subconsciously just what I need to fulfil my cravings. When I came across Glasgow restaurant Nippon Kitchen, […]

Tom Kha Gai

Tom Kha Gai

A Thai Soup That Packs a Punch Being lucky enough to have spent a part of my life living in the paradisaical South East Asian country, Thai flavours are something that I have somewhat become accustomed to. I have eaten more Thai soup than most, […]

Sweet Nostalgia

Sweet Nostalgia

A Sweet Past There is something quite nostalgic about stepping into a sweet shop laden with ambrosial confectionery – it is a colourful, multi-sensory experience that evokes blurry memories of a scabby-kneed childhood. It is one of those unexpected places that can somehow instantly lift even […]


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Tom Kha Gai

Tom Kha Gai

A Thai Soup That Packs a Punch

Being lucky enough to have spent a part of my life living in the paradisaical South East Asian country, Thai flavours are something that I have somewhat become accustomed to. I have eaten more Thai soup than most, but still I am blown away by the depth and layers of taste each dish offers. The myriad of perfectly balanced flavours are far from  the bland 2 dimensional dishes found so oft in Scotland, instead they’re a burst of flavour, fragrance and heat. These flavour profiles are like no other, and have therefore rendered almost every other cuisine bland in comparison. Nothing provides me with the same satisfaction than the hot, sweet, salty and sour notes of a Thai soup – the perfect balance of taste bud teasing flavours a knock-your-socks-off attack of the senses.

Tom Kha Gai, a fragrant, creamy soup with a blast of heat is one such dish. Funnily enough, it wasn’t Thailand that I first experienced the bold yet subtle flavours of this soup, instead I got to break my Tom Kha virginity in a Glasgow Thai restaurant, and one spoon had me hooked. I left the restaurant desperate to replicate it. After days of searching online and testing out recipes, I could not find one that hit the mark. So, I did what I always do, and decided to wing it.

thai soup

A lemongrass and kaffir infused coconut base, this soup is perfumey, creamy and zesty all at the same time. For such contrasting flavours, the flavours emulsify perfectly to create a taste sensation like no other. I tried for weeks to create a recipe I was satisfied with, and when I hit the mark, I was back in Thai food-induced heaven, and basically lived off the stuff for days.

Many of the ingredients in this recipe may sound obscure, but all are readily available in big supermarkets. For instances where you cannot get fresh lemongrass, you can substitute for dried or pureed, although the flavour won’t be as intense. Only one ingredient of the original, traditional recipe is unattainable in mainstream supermarkets – galangal. I use ginger as a substitute and it works just as good.

Thai Soup For The Soul

We all know the old wives tale that chicken soup is the perfect ailment to when you’re loaded with the cold. Well, this soup will do one better. Packed full of nutrients and anti-inflammatories, this soup will have you up and running again in no time!

The heat coupled with the ginger and lemongrass makes this soup a great, lighter choice for the winter months. Both ginger and lemongrass have anti-inflammatory properties, and the heat from the chilli will sweat out your cold for a bit. For this reason, I swear by this soup to clear my sinuses. The intensity of flavour is almost astringent, but the coconut milk cuts through the strength, mellowing out some of the sourness.

If you’re bored of thick, sweet potato-ey, lentil-y type soups in winter, try this lighter alternative. You’ll be surprised at how good it tastes and how much of a cold curer it is!

 

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