The Thai Rice Soup, or “khao tom” is not only a simple and quick dish to cook, but it is also a nice change to eat something plain and simple if you are not feeling too well with say a stomach ache or the flu. However, some people like to spice it up by adding extra condiments. Pictured in the ingredients below is steamed rice, minced pork mixture, garlic cloves, chicken stock and coriander. You could use shrimp instead of pork. The rice doesn’t have to be fresh as you can use leftovers from the night before. This makes it a handy breakfast so that nothing is wasted.
You need to prepare the minced pork mixture first. Use a mortar and pestle and pound together the garlic, coriander roots and some black pepper. Remove this from the mortar. Now add the minced pork and pound it lightly, mixing in the garlic at the same time. You can add some fish sauce if you like at this stage. While you are doing this, bring some chicken stock to the boil. Take a generous pinch of minced pork mixture at a time and roll it roughly into a ball. Drop these into the boiling water. Cook for several minutes. You may need to skim off any froth. Season with some salt rather than the smellier fish sauce. Poor into a bowl and garnish with chopped coriander and fried garlic flakes.
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