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How to make Thai food

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

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Mix up your take-out routine with homemade Thai food. Thai is easy to prepare and easy on the wallet. Whether you like it super spicy or mild, homemade Thai food is the perfect family meal.

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This is part of a homemade take-out food series. For more budget-friendly take-out recipes, take a bite out of these articles:

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Tom Yum (Hot and Spicy Soup)

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:
4 cups chicken stock
10 kaffir lime leaves*
3 stalks fresh lemongrass, crushed*
1/2 pound peeled shrimp
1 tablespoon chili oil
1 cup whole straw mushrooms*
6 fresh Thai chilies
2 tablespoons fish sauce
3 tablespoons lime juice
4 stalks green onion, chopped

Directions:
Bring chicken stock to a boil. Add lime leaves and lemongrass. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove lemongrass with a slotted spoon and turn the heat to high. Add shrimp, chili oil, mushrooms and chilies. Boil mixture until shrimp are cooked, about 2 minutes. Remove pot from stove and mix in fish sauce and lime juice. Garnish with green onions.

*Kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass and straw mushrooms are available at Thai or Asian markets and some supermarkets. If you can't find them, talk to the supermarket produce manager to make sure you haven't overlooked them.
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