I’ve been feeling in a bit of a recipe slump these days. Even though our trip to Hawaii inspired me in a couple of very tasty ways, the dishes were not in the main meal department. Instead, since we’ve been back, I’ve been turning to my favourite tried and true recipes instead of trying new things. All of this is totally normal and fine, except when you are trying to run a food blog. Luckily, last week I had a meeting right next to a very large Asian supermarket and I decided to stop in for a couple of things that we can’t normally get our hands on. While perusing the produce aisle, I saw some fresh lime leaves, which I have never used before. Needless to say, they made me very excited and I knew my slump was over (for now).
I am so excited to be sharing this recipe! I think that Tom Yum Soup was on my list of recipes that I would want to share on this blog before I even started it. If you’ve never had Tom Yum soup before, it is a spicy and sour soup from Southeast Asia (think Thailand, Malaysia, and Laos). Like many soups, there are so many ways to go about making it, but the four ingredients (in my mind) that are essential are: fish sauce, lime (normally kaffir lime leaves), lemongrass and chilli. It’s all about balancing the sweet, sour, spicy and salty and you end up with a light but deeply comforting soup, jammed with fresh herbs, shellfish and noodles- does it get any better than that?
I suffer from food envy. When I am at a restaurant and someone I am eating with gets something that looks better than my meal, I get kind of sad, regretting my own choice no matter how good it is. Luckily, I am a vegetarian, my company usually isn’t and I don’t have meat envy. On top of the actual food envy, my need to avoid food envy at all costs means that ordering food at a restaurant is usually quite the process for me. I am always worried that I will regret what I ordered, order the wrong thing, want what someone at my table or a table next to me is having. It really shouldn’t be all that stressful right? Eating out is supposed to be fun! Anyway, last week I was out to dinner with some people from work and one of my co-workers decided to order Thai yellow curry. With potential food envy looming over my head, I immediately changed my order and got it too.