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Tom Yum noodles ( Kway Teow Tom Yum)

Flat rice noodles soup topped with minced pork, spring onions, pak choi and beansprouts, flavoured with Thai Tom Yum seasoning.

Noodle Soup in Tom Yum soup
Tom Yum Noodles

Give a bowl of plain noodles soup to the Thais—we turn up the heat and spin it into Tom Yum soup! This is the story of our Thai-Chinese fusion bowl of joy.

A simple dish that requires time to enrich the flavours of the broth before adding the explosive Tom Yum seasoning of lime juice, fish sauce, roasted chillies flakes and sugar, producing a punchy soup packed with a multitude of contrasting flavours.

Kway Teow is a Hokkien Chinese word for flat rice noodles that became a household name in Thailand in mid 19th century when millions of Chinese emigrated to South East Asian countries.

Below is a list of things to prepare before you can assemble your Noodle soup; the broth, flavoured pork, flat noodles and some vegetables.

Homemade Chicken Broth

It is based on the left-overs of a roast chicken, which we occasionally have as our Sunday roast. I usually put the carcass in a large saucepan with a peeled whole onion, cut in half, a tablespoon of peppercorns, a stick of celery, a garlic clove, a carrot and 1 tsp of salt. Let it simmer gently for 3-4 hours with the lid slightly ajar.

If you have a chance to go to an Asian supermarket, there is a soup/broth herb pack which contains necessary Chinese herbs and spices. Add a pack in the broth and continue with the rest. It is healthy, aromatic and enriches the flavours of the soup.

Ingredients for marinating the minced pork

  • 250g minced pork

  • 3 cloves of garlic chopped

  • 1/2 tsp of white pepper

  • 2 tbsp of light soy sauce

Mix everything together and keep in the fridge for 20 minutes or longer. if time allows.When ready, put the pork into a small sauce pan with 3 tablespoons of water and cook on medium heat until the pork is cooked through.

Ingredients for the noodles soup

  • Flat rice noodles ( Away Teow) prepare according to the package.

  • Pak Choi blanched in hot water for 2 minutes

  • Bean spout blanched in hot water for 1 minutes

  • Tofu ( optional) diced

  • Spring onions chopped

  • Coriander chopped

Tom Yum seasoning for one bowl of noodles soup.

  • 2tsp chopped peanuts

  • 2 tbsp sugar

  • 4 tsp fish sauce

  • 1 1/2 tbsp lime juice

  • 1/2 tsp roasted Thai chilli flake ( less if you don’t like it spicy)

  • Mix everything together in a serving bowl.

Assemble a bowl of Tom Yam Noodle

  1. In a serving bowl, mix Tom Yum seasoning together.

  2. Then add small portion of cooked flat rice noodles.

  3. Top with Pak Choi, bean sprouts, tofu, cooked minced pork.

  4. Add a big ladle of broth.

  5. Sprinkle some chopped spring onions and coriander

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