I still had some leftover tom yum paste in the freezer, waiting to be revived into something delicious. I really wasn’t in the mood to make soup, especially one that is sour and spicy to boot. But I felt like I needed a revamp on the tom yam. So I decided to make it into a stew.
Initially, it was supposed to be a stir-fry. But with my giant chicken pieces (serving size actually) I decided that I was better off treating it like a stew. Maybe if I was working with chicken breasts, it would have been easier to do a stir-fry. But I wasn’t.
So essentially, I took the essence of a tom yam and condensed this into a thicker stew. I sauteed onion and tomatoes, added the chicken and let it fry a bit, then added the whole leftover tom yam paste, maybe about 1 1/2 cups or more. I added a bit of water, because it will stick for sure, and let it simmer for quite a while. About 30 minutes. I then tasted, found it a bit bland, and seasoned with lemon, salt, and sugar. I topped it with the veggies and cooked it for another 15 minutes, then finish with cilantro.
I never really ate this dish because I had a lunch going on that day, but from what I tasted, it was damn good. Mouthwatering, from the sourness of the tom yam paste. And upon looking for it for dinner, everything was gone, so I guess it was good, wasn’t it? 🙂
Chicken Tom Yam Stew Recipe
1 onion, diced
5 tomatoes, diced
1 whole chicken, cut into serving pieces
1 1/2 cups of tom yam paste, can be increased or lessened to taste
eggplants, long beans, carrots (vegetables of your choice)
Saute the onion and tomatoes in a pan and once these are softened, add in the chicken and let this cook for a while. Add enough water/broth so that it will not burn or stick. Since the paste is seasoned, I opted not to season this first and just allowed it to cook through. Once almost tender, taste. i added some lemon and sugar to this, and a bit of salt as well. I topped it with the veggies, and allowed to finish cooking. Then top with the minced cilantro. It is a bit spicy, from the tom yam paste, but you can easily add more to it. 🙂