What Is Shrimp Paste? ? Spicy & Sour Soup With Shrimp & Tom Yum Paste

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If you are an afficionado of bầu food, you will almost certainly have enjoyed Tom Yum Soup a time or two as it is almost ubiquitous bầu restaurant menus. Making the necessary spice blend at trang chủ can be a little difficult for western cooks, though, given the range of ingredients, but this sản phẩm from the Jack Hua Company in thái lan makes things very simple and convenient. The label on the jar does specifically identify this as being intended for Tom Yum soup (and even provides a simple little recipe), but the paste is extremely versatile & can be adapted to lớn many other dishes as well.

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The Ingredients
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The Paste Ingredients

Here, below the aforementioned recipe, you can see from the ingredient menu that the paste is based on onion & dried shrimp in soybean oil with chili, lemongrass và galanga providing an aromatic spiciness. Lime, kaffir lime leaf and citric acid are included for the sour flavor, which is central to lớn a good Tom Yum soup.

The quantity of oil may seem a little alarming to some but it allows the paste khổng lồ store for a much longer period by keeping the other ingredients covered & less vulnerable to oxidation. The paste should be refrigerated after opening, but it can last for many months stored that way.

Appearance và Taste
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Jack Hua Sour Shrimp Paste in Closeup

The paste, as you can see, is a homogenous, oily blend & looks very much lượt thích the Crab Paste made by the same manufacturer. The redness of the oil does not come exclusively from chili, however, but rather from Paprika (which is slightly less traditional than the other spice components).

The aroma, on opening the jar, is not especially strong. The Soy Bean Oil is apparent (and probably masks everything else to some degree), but you can also get a definite Citronella -like chú ý from the Lemon Grass.

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The taste is a very nice blend of the essential flavors of a good Tom Yum Soup, with the sour, lime notes dominating. The chili heat is not especially strong, which actually makes the product more versatile. Extra chili can be added, but spicy heat is difficult to subtract.

Culinary Uses for the Paste
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A Simple Tom Yum Soup

Obviously, making Tom Yum Soup is the primary intended use and, above, you can see a soup I put together based on the recipe on the jar label. I departed from the suggestion somewhat by using homemade shrimp stock rather than water, và I also used Dried Chinese black Mushrooms rather than fresh Button Mushrooms, which I have most commonly encountered in restaurant versions. The result was very nice indeed.

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Thai-Style Pork Rendang

Thai-Style Pork Rendang – The Sour Soup Paste adds a very new dimension lớn an Indonesian cookery technique.

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Thai-Style Pork with Pineapple

Thai-Style Pork with Pineapple – In this dish, the sour notes of the Tom Yum Paste work very nicely with the sweetness of pineapple.

Overall

Jack Hua Sour Shrimp Paste is a very convenient sản phẩm for the home cook. It stores well, is easy to lớn use in recipes & adapts to many different uses. It is well worth having on hand, especially for impromptu meals.