The preparations for my first ever supper club are truly underway now. For those of you who may not know, I have decided to host a supper club or two in June and July (more details will follow in my next supper club post) and was also lucky enough to get a mention in Surrey Life.
The date has been set, June 25th. The menu has been decided. Now, it’s up to me to test, re-test and perfect the recipes. I have decided on a Thai based menu, largely because I feel that we, the Epsom dwellers could benefit from a supper club that provides it’s guests with the authentic flavours of South East Asia.
For research purposes and inspiration I have sought the help of the following people – David Thompson, Andy Oliver and Felicity Cloake.
I have been reading and testing recipes from “Thai Food” by David Thompson, visiting Som Saa where the food is insanely good and cooked by Andy Oliver, a seriously talented chef. Lastly, I have been trying to perfect my version of Tom Yum soup and have found that Felicity’s version from “How to cook the perfect” series in The Guardian has proved to be my favourite Tom Yum so far.
Tom Yum soup with prawns, just prawns, is what I have decided to go for. It is a soup with layer upon layer of flavour. Tom Yum soup is otherwise known as hot and sour soup and it is imperative to get the balance right when using your chilli and lime.
What I was amazed by when making this soup, was the focus on layering up the flavours of this complex yet balanced broth, beginning with a richly satisfying prawn stock. It is followed by the aromatics of lime leaves, lemon grass and galangal. The final additions to the soup are bird’s eye chillies, lime juice, palm sugar, fish sauce and prawns.
The end result of concocting this aromatic hot and sour soup is something incredibly special. The one slight downside is that I have found it to be an unphotogenic soup. It is all in the taste (not the looks) and what a taste sensation it is. I am hoping it will start my first supper club off with a Boom!
The recipe I used can be found HERE.
Some more Thai soup inspiration for you from around the web:
Thai coconut & beetroot soup – Recipes from a pantry
Thai roast pumpkin soup – Cook Sister
Thai coconut chicken soup – Rasa Malaysia
Coconut lemongrass tofu soup – Food to glow
Thai sweet potato soup – Casa Costello
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