I really the enjoy that I have the opportunity to review products from a lot of different countries. This really makes things interesting every day. Today, we’ve got one from Yum Yum of Thailand. This is tom yum kung – let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about it –
Tom yum or tom yam (UK: /ˌtɒm ˈjæm/ or /ˌtɒm ˈjʌm/; US: /ˌtɑːm ˈjɑːm/; Thai: ต้มยำ, RTGS: tom yam, pronounced [tôm jām] ( listen)) is a type of hot and sour Thai soup, usually cooked with shrimp (prawn). Tom yum has its origin in Thailand. In recent years,[when?] tom yam has been popularised around the world.
The words “tom yam” are derived from 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 crushed 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. The paste is bottled or packaged and sold around the world. 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.
Alright – let’s give this a try!
Yum Yum Instant Noodles Tom Yum Kung Flavour – Thailand
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains fish and crustacean. To prepare, add noodles to 360ml boiling water and cook for 2~3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The dry base sachet.
Lots of powder.
The paste sachet.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp, coriander and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles are soft here with no crumble. There’s a lot of them and they are of decent quality. The broth is sharp and strong with chilli strength and lemongrass crispness. This is a great taste of Thailand. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8850250002994.
Yum Yum is also in Myanmar – here’s a TV spot.