Kai tam (simple chicken soup)

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 small Chicken (about 2 pounds)
4 cups Stock
1 cup Sapparot (pineapple), cut into chunks
1 cup Phak thong (pumpkin), cut into chunks
3 tablespoons Hom daeng (shallots), thinly sliced
2 tablespoons Nam manao (lime juice)
2 tablespoons Nam makham piag (tamarind juice)
1 tablespoon Prik ki nu daeng haeng (dried red chilis), crumbled
1 tablespoon Kratiem (garlic), crushed

This is the chicken soup my wife calls "mothers all-purpose sickness cure" ~ I guess mothers the world over are the same, and figure that sending a sick child to bed with a bowl of chicken soup cures most things - well at least it cures "plumbum pendulensis academica" (being sick of school).

It is made with a small chicken. Alternatively you could make it from a couple of chicken legs and a couple of drumsticks.

Method: Prepare the chicken: wash it carefully, then cut off the drumsticks and the wings, and then with a sharp knife cut down either side of the centre line, and remove the two breasts. The wings are reserved for other dishes, and the bones are set aside to make more stock later.

Bring the stock to a boil and add everything except the chicken, and simmer, covered, for about 10 minutes.

Add the chicken breasts and legs, bring the mixture back to the boil, then remove from the heat, and allow to stand, covered, for 30 minutes.

Serving & Storage: Remove the chicken and place it on a serving platter.

Put the soup in a tureen and serve with a selection of dipping sauces, (and with white rice if more sustenance is required). Garnish the soup with coriander leaves.

Posted to CHILE-HEADS DIGEST V3 #154 Date: Fri, 8 Nov 1996 15:20:57 +0700 From: "Col. I.F. Khuntilanont-Philpott" <colonel@...>

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