Tom yum is a traditional Thai hot and sour soup made with fragrant herbs, bird’s eye chilies, shrimp, fresh lime juice and fish sauce.
Bring broth to a simmer and add lemongrass, galangal, lime leaves and simmer about 5 minutes.
1. For a mild spice, use only one chili, for a medium spiciness use two and for a really good kick, use three! For zero kick, don't use any chilies at all.
2. Don't eat the lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves or galangal! They can't hurt you but they're quite tough and meant more for flavoring.
3. Sub squid or any type of fish you want for the shrimp.
4. Use any veggies you want in place of the tomatoes, onions and mushrooms. Broccoli, carrots, baby corn, cauliflower and string beans are other common Thai vegetables.