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Thai Rice Soup (Khao Tom)
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Savory pork meatballs and jasmine rice give this Thai soup heft, but its aromatic broth—made with plenty of shallots, garlic, lemon grass and ginger—has excellent flavor on its own. The soup is a sort of blank canvas for garnishes; the recipe calls for our favorites, but feel free to offer only those that appeal to you. The fried shallots, however, are a must.
ounces ground pork
tablespoons fish sauce, divided, plus extra to serve
01In a medium bowl, mix the pork, 1 tablespoon of the fish sauce, 1 tablespoon of the chili-garlic sauce and ¾ teaspoon white pepper. Form the mixture into 20 meatballs (about 2 teaspoons each), rolling each between the palms of your hands. Place on a large plate.
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September 3, 2022
Brings back memories
I lived in Chiang Mai for a year between high school and college years ago and it was wonderful. I was lucky enough to hook up with some American students doing a year abroad with one semester in Thailand. So I spent a week living with a Thai family as part of that group. This soup is so similar to what we often had for breakfast. I do wish you also had done a segment on khow soi which is a well known Chiang Mai spicy soup that the old king dearly loved. The most popular shop was just down the road from my parents' house so we ate there on a regular basis. And Chiang Mai sausage that is wonderful along with som tom and sticky rice (khow neo).
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I'm not sure when you added comments feature to the recipes, but I am thrilled! I've been a MS member from the get go, and favorite the recipes that we have made. So now I can go back and comment on them.
We made this, I was tasked with the meatballs, onions, and eggs; while hubby made the rest. We cook a lot together and absolutely loved this recipe. The taste was unique for me, but he has been to Thailand before and it brought back memories. So Thank You, for bringing us recipes from across the World that we can recreate at home with ingredients we can find easily.
PS I now steam all eggs instead of boiling, such a difference.