This is such a delicious recipe that I feel terrible for not having shared it with you sooner. All I can do is apologise for keeping this from you for so long. It’s so easy and so delicious! It is by NO means a traditional Tom Yam soup, it is just an easy, delicious hybrid that you can whip up in seconds and slurp to your hearts content. A hybrid is a polite way of really saying it’s a cheats version. A cheat’s Tom Yam soup. You could say it was soup-er….
Can we talk about soup and slurping for a second? I get very nervous eating soup in front of other people….just what is the polite way to eat soup? * checks Debretts*. Oh dear Lord, I think I have been doing it wrong all these years. Yelp.
Debretts says the correct way to eat soup is to:
“Push your soup spoon from the front of the bowl away from you to catch a mouthful. Bring this to your mouth and tip the soup in from the side of the spoon; don’t try eating with your spoon at 90 degrees to your mouth. Don’t suck or slurp. Tilt the bowl away from you in order to get the last few spoonfuls.”
No sucking, and no slurping! I knew it. Thanks Debretts. I will remember that.
Okay Debretts, but what about when there are noodles in the soup, what do you do then? Chopsticks and a spoon? One in each hand? I don’t know. Sadly, I can only give you the recipe but I can’t offer any useful advice as to how to go about eating this soup. My top tip is to eat it alone. That way you are free to do whatever you may like, with no judgement.
So, it seems soup must be added to the list of foods that should never be consumed on a first date. Or any date in the early days before they love you and have to accept the weird way you may eat things. I have compiled a list of food which I think should be avoided on dates. It’s an ever evolving list and is by no means exhaustive.
Already on that list is any kind of spaghetti, but that is an obvious one that we’ve all known about for ages. It’s hard to twirl a delicate mouthful on your fork and you inevitably end up flicking sauce all over yourself, or your date. I also strongly discourage any food which requires you to tuck your napkin into your top…just a little tip from me to you. My dad does this a lot, and whilst it is adorable on him, I’m not too sure it looks that great on a young person on a date. I have added burgers to the list, as it’s hard to eat one in a lady like manner.
And weirdly, on closer inspection, salad can also be tricky. Try eating salad without ending up with rocket leaves sticking out everywhere and you’ll find that salad is much harder to eat than you might think, unless you really just nibble it in very small mouthfuls, but then it takes forever. Oh and sushi….sushi is a nightmare on dates. If you do it one mouthful, which you really should, you end up looking like a hamster storing the sushi in one side of your cheek, and it nearly always happens just as they’ve asked you a question. Or you try to delicately cut the sushi in half with your chopsticks. Chopsticks are completely ineffectual at cutting, and seaweed was not made to be cut like that , so it rarely works.
So there we have it daters! My (not-so) comprehensive list of foods to avoid eating on a first date, if you are hoping to go on a second that is. And that’s an important point. If you do not want a second date, but are too polite to say…simply tuck your napkin into your collar, order the bolognese with sushi and salad on the side. Ask for chopsticks to eat your bolognese with and have a soup for starters…and slurp away.
- ⅓ can of tinned tomatoes
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 clove crushed garlic
- 3 spring onions, roughly chopped
- ½ red chilli, roughly chopped, small
- 1 heaped tablespoon of Tom Yam paste
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- 225g raw prawns
- 200g packet of brown rice noodles or just the usual if you are that way inclined
- small handful of coriander, chopped
- Okay so first things first, boil the kettle. Pop the noodles in a wide bowl, and once it’s boiled, pour the water over the noodles. Leave to soften for 10 minutes, and they are done. Yay. Once done, drain and put to one side.
- Now take, a heavy bottomed pan. Add a little glug of olive oil, and then bung in the chopped spring onions and the chilli. Cook for a couple of minutes until the spring onions are softened but not browned. Add the Tom Yum paste and and the garlic, and cook for about 30 seconds or so. It should be smelling incredible right now.
- Now add the tinned tomatoes and coconut milk. Give it a good stir, and allow to bubble away for a couple of minutes. Add the fish sauce. Give it a taste. Does it need more of anything? If so, add a little more fish sauce or a few more tomatoes. It should be tasting great!
- Now, you can use a stick blender to blend this all to a silky smooth soup, or bung it in the food processor. Or you can leave it with a little bit of texture. All up to you!
- Add the raw prawns and the drained noodles. Gently simmer until the prawns turn lovely and pink.
- Turn off the heat, and scoop between two bowls. Scatter the coriander over the top.
- Serve. With spoons, chopsticks, forks and every other utensil your kitchen has to offer.