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    The best Tom Yum in Thailand

    I scrutinized the menu with not a little disdain. Although when I say 'menu' I actually mean a scant selection of dishes haphazardly scrawled onto a mould stricken wall with a fucking biro.

    The usual suspects were all present:

    Pad kapow

    Khao pad

    Pad pak

    Pad thai

    Kway tiao

    I'd usually plump for the Pad krapow. Quintessential Thai cuisine. The ultimate southeast Asian dining experience. A hardy melange of spices, seasoning and scents, with a burnt fried egg invariably emblazoning the ensemble. But today, the beckoning sweet basil failed to pique my interest. Today, my palate demanded diversity.

    I instigated a dialogue with the chef de partie:

    "I say, you! Yes, you! The one that looks like a malnourished rodent."

    He turned indifferently from his wok to face me.

    "I don't suppose you might stretch your culinary offerings beyond the realms of this hackneyed list," I motioned towards the menu, "...and prepare me a, let's see, yes, you may prepare me a Tom Tum Talay."

    He looked at me like I'd just called his mother a kunt.

    "Who the fuck do you think I am?" Came his terse reply. "Ken fuckin' Hom?"

    "Very well. You have given me no other option. I shall vacate your eating emporium and seek my fare of choice elsewhere. But not before I emit a prolonged and pungent gaseous discharge from my backside in the direction of your head." I was clearly vexed with his lack of kitchenette creativity.

    I skipped aboard my Honda Wave and gunned it in the general direction of civilisation. These village people were starting to irk me with their insolence.

    Eventually, as the cascades of concrete comprising the nearest town honed into view, I happened upon a humble little bistro on the outskirts.

    I ordered my lunch with undiluted pragmatism :

    "You will prepare me the best Tom Yum Talay in Thailand and you will do it quickly and you will do it now."

    Ask, dear boy, and you shall receive...


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    hmm smells good for sure.

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    Tom yum seafood - best there is!

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    I see Dora the explorer has swiped the best of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yasojack
    smells good for sure.
    Screen licking taking place?


    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee
    Tom yum seafood - best there is!
    In my top ten, for sure. The one pictured, as the thread title might suggest, is the best I've eaten in 12 years here.


    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger
    I see Dora the explorer has swiped the best of it
    Yes, she has inherited her father's table-manners.

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    Ask for a refund Slapper.

    Looks like your soup has sea critters in it.

    "Excuse me waiter, there's a smashed crab and a couple of multi legged beasties in my soup".

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    Every coont in Thailand has one of those brown bowls...I noticed you were eating out of the same bowl on another thread.


    Stop thief!

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    Quote Originally Posted by withnallstoke
    there's a smashed crab
    The only item the soup was lacking. Crab.

    Making a good soup from scratch is probably the most skillful component of cookery. I will endeavour to start making my own. Watch this space for SOUP.


    Quote Originally Posted by charleyboy
    Every coont in Thailand has one of those brown bowls.
    Bog-standard crockery in not-so-fine dining emporiums.

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    It's about time for me to pop on me pinafore and start chopping...


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    Or maybe I'll follow Pam and Somjai's recipe. The presenter is nothing short of legendary...


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    I had Tum Yum yesterday.

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    i was supposed to have it tonight after reading Somtams post and ended up with fekking duck that was as tough as old boots and cost 350 baht.

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    My wife makes the best Tom Yum Goong in Thailand since she has tweaked it a little to suit my personal palate. Great stuff and my favorite dish of all time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers
    My wife makes the best Tom Yum Goong in Thailand since she has tweaked it a little to suit my personal palate.


    Nice...

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    Never tried any of that, how is it Marmite?

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    Just had the curry they use on kanom jeen. You know, the one with all the congealed blood and chicken's feet poking out of the fucker.

    Fucking revolting.

    The bog is beckoning my buttocks a mere 10 minutes after consumption.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers
    Never tried any of that, how is it Marmite?
    Now, now. Stop telling porkies!

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    try this Tom Yam Kung Recipe, Hot and Sour Soup with Shrimp
    (tom yum goong ; ต้มยำกุ้ง)

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    of the ones mentioned in this thread can anyone recommend the best recipe, somebody gove me a Thai cook book but the TYK ain't brilliant.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiLeakHunt
    Making a good soup from scratch is probably the most skillful component of cookery. I will endeavour to start making my own. Watch this space for SOUP.
    Those words have come back to haunt you 5555555555555

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurgen
    Those words have come back to haunt you 5555555555555
    Have they bollocks. I am the original Soupsman.

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