This isn’t something I expected – a Thai Tom Yum from a German company? Yep! This makes me incredibly curious; will it taste like tom yum? Here’s a little about tom yum from Wikipedia if you’ve never tried –
Tom yum or tom yam (UK pronunciation: /ˌtɒm ˈjæm/ or /ˌtɒm ˈjʌm/; US pronunciation: /ˌtɑːm ˈjɑːm/; Thai: ต้มยำ, rtgs: tom yam, pronounced [tôm jām] ( listen)) is a type of hot and sour Thai soup, usually cooked with shrimp. Tom yum is widely served in neighbouring countries such as Cambodia, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore and Laos and has been popularised around the world.
The words “tom yam” are comefrom two Thai words. Tom refers to the boiling process, while yam refers to a Thai spicy and sour salad. Indeed, tom yum is characterised by its distinct hot and sour flavours, with fragrant spices and herbs generously used in the broth. The basic broth is made of stock and fresh ingredients such as lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lime juice, fish sauce, and crush chili peppers.
Commercial tom yum paste is made by crushing all the herb ingredients and stir frying in oil. Seasoning and other preservative ingredients are then added. Tom yum flavored with the paste may have different characteristics from that made with fresh herb ingredients. The soup often includes meats such as chicken, beef, pork, or shrimp.
I think I’ll have this for dinner! Let’s have a look.
Nissin Demae Ramen Thai Tom Yum – Germany
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yoiurself. To prepare, add noodle block to 500ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The dry base sachet.
A granular powder.
A liquid sachet.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, fishball, coriander, fried onion and chilli flake. The noodles come out great – good standard gauge with a nice mouthfeel. The broth has a very nice tom yum taste to it – not the strongest, but I kind of like this in a different way. My friend Raffael said that a lot of German instants cater to German tastes, and I would call this a German tom yum – still spicy and lemongrass notes, but I bet some sausage would go great in there! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 5997523335175.