Yummy in My Tummy

It’s not easy get­ting tom yam soup right. RACHEL XIE tried four pre­mixes to find the best one.

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Home & Food Taste Test -

1 1 MAK MAK NY­ONYA NY­ONYA PERENCAH PERENCAH TOM TOM YAM YAM SEGERA SEGERA $2.45, from Fairprice The red­dish soup looked the most fiery and tasted the spici­est. But it was also sour enough to bal­ance out the heat, mak­ing each spoon­ful a mouth­wa­ter­ing burst of hot and sour fire­works. The flavour came clos­est to what we’d find in a Thai eatery, but as the soup has a slightly pow­dery tex­ture, add half a cup of wa­ter to the amount stated on the pack­ag­ing. 2 ASIAN HOME GOURMET SPICE PASTE FOR THAI TOM YUM SOUP $2.35, from ma­jor su­per­mar­kets Some of us liked this clear tom yam soup for its lighter bal­ance of spici­ness and sour­ness, but oth­ers thought the flavour could be taken up a notch. What’s nice is that it doesn’t drown out the taste of the seafood with tonguenumb­ing spici­ness. 3 DANCING CHEF TOM YAM PASTE $2.50, from ma­jor su­per­mar­kets Laced with the dis­tinct

lemak taste of co­conut milk, this red tom yam soup had a slightly richer tex­ture than the rest. The smooth­ness made it pleas­ant to drink, but it wasn’t as sour as it was spicy, mak­ing it taste more like a curry than tom yam soup. 4 IKAN BRAND PERENCAH TOM YAM SEGERA $1.95, from Fairprice The mildly spicy and sour notes fell flat on our taste buds, and there were lit­tle fi­bres in the soup that made it hard to drink. We rec­om­mend you use this as a tom yam base, and tweak the lev­els of spici­ness and sour­ness with chilli padi and lime juice, ac­cord­ing to your taste.

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