You can always find bottled Tom Yam paste in my fridge, as the commercially premix Tom Yam paste can be turned into a versatile dishes by pairing either with prawns, chicken, fish, mixed seafood etcetera. But sometimes, as I keep on storing fresh ingredients into my fridge, this little bottle of Tom Yam paste will be inadvertently pushed aside and left unnoticable until I did not sense the existance of it. Till few days ago whilst I was running out of idea on what to cook with chicken thighs and looking high and low for the right ingredients to go with it, this unpretentious Tom Yam paste suddenly catched my eyes, hiding right at the corner of the fridge. Gosh, how could I miss this whilst Tom Yam is perfect enough to go with chicken especially to awaken lethargic appetites this hot weather?
The thought of Tom Yam always set my stomach juices kicking into high gear! Tom Yam is a subtle blends of herbs and spices such as lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, shallots, lime juice, fish sauce, tamarind, slices of ginger and crushed chili peppers, which embraces a rich almalgam of evocative aromas and contrast in textures. Traces its origins to Thai, Tom Yam is also one of the key ingredients in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia cuisines.
Here's the recipe for deep-fried Tom Yam chicken which will definitely enliven the Thai palate! Enjoy!
3 chicken thighs, cut into pieces
8 cups oil for deep-frying
4 tbsp Thai Tom Yam paste
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp shredded kaffir lime leaves
1 tbsp chopped lemon grass
1 tbsp oil (Add in a little oil while marinating chicken can help to prevent chicken pieces from sticking onto the skillet while deep-frying. Besides, the fried chicken pieces will be more juicy.)
3 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp corn flour
Serving and Garnishing :
1 onion, shredded
1. In a mixing bowl, combine the sliced chicken with marinade. Let it stands for about 3 hours in fridge.
2. In a skillet, heat up oil for deep-frying. When the oil turns hot, deep-fry the marinated chicken until golden brown and cooked.
3. Arrange the fried chicken onto a serving platter, sprinkle shredded onion and freshly squeezed lime juice on top of the chicken before serving.
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