Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tom Yam Chicken with Green Apple

This dish was created spontaneously. Never thought of using apple in this dish at all. Not until I finished marinating the chicken meat and slicing the onion. I saw a few small green apples sitting on my counter top that I would really love to finish. We were invited to a friend's house for lunch and later he showed us around the campus that he was teaching. It was a private campus and it has a few grown apple trees there for you to help yourself. It must be the human instinct or what because I couldn't stop myself from picking my own organic apples from the trees! Of course the apples were small and sour, just like eating green apple. Since Tom Yam was sour and this apple was sour, I thought they would be a good match, thus I sliced some up for use in my cooking.

The result? Definitely a good combination because the sourness from the apple compliment the Tom Yam paste very well.


1 chicken breast, sliced thinly and marinated with salt and cornstarch
1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced

1 Granny Smith apple (or green sour apple), sliced thinly [I used 4 small apples that I picked]

4-5 Kaffir lime leaves, sliced thinly

2 Tbsp. Tom Yam paste

1/2 cup of water

1 tsp. sugar

Oil for cooking


1. Heat oil in a wok. When heated, add in the marinated chicken and stir-fry until no longer pink.

2. Add in the onion and kaffir lime leaves. Stir-fry until onion is transparent. Add in the Tom Yam paste, stir to cook a little, add in water (for sauce) and sugar. Serve hot.


Beachlover said...

creative meal!! oh! I love spicy and sour tom yam flavor!

ICook4Fun said...

What a great idea. The tartness of the apple will really go well with the tom yam paste.

Family First said...

You are indeed creative and daring in the kitchen. Hope to learn from you and someday be adventurous in my kitchen too!

Ling's Passion said...

This is an interesting combination. Wonder what it taste like.

eatingclubvancouver_js said...

How creatively resourceful! Looks yummy.

daphne said...

That's a very creative idea to use green applies and tom yam paste.

Any ideas for lemons? our neighbours just gifted us a whole big bag of it!

Big Boys Oven said...

it must had tasted gorgeously as the sweetness of the apples goes well with tom yam!

tigerfish said...

I came across many posts today which coincide with some of the ingredients I used recently. Here in your post, I found apples the similarity. I think the addition of apples to this tom yam fry will taste very good!

Baking Fiend said...

That's so creative of you to add apples in this dish!

Retno Prihadana said...

Tom yam with apples? This is new for me. Ching, You´re really creative.

Anonymous said...

what an unusual combination, apple and tom yam. But it sure does look tasty!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Thanks beachlover.

Thanks Gert.

Thanks family first. I'm sure you will. :)

Ling, surprisingly it tasted really good. My hubby didn't know it was apple in the first place.

Thanks js!

Daphne, you can make lemon cookies, lemon pound cake or cakes, use it to grill/bake fish or chicken.

Thanks BBOven.

Tigerfish, it must be the "默气" among food bloggers. Btw, my Mandarin write correct or not? Very bad in pin yin and not sure those are correct words or not. :P

Thanks baking fiend.

Thanks Retno. It was new to me too, first time adding fruit into my dish and that was because I had apples sitting on my counter top that day screaming to be used.

Thanks jo. I was surprised that it pair really well too. My hubby thought it was potatoes at first. :P

Anonymous said...

tom yum + green apple = double tangy!! I likeeeeee :D

Blogger said...

This is a great idea. I have tom yam paste and only use it for tom yam soup. I will give it a try next week!

Love your's easy to follow esp for a beginner like me.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Thanks noobcook. :)

Thanks ren. Hope you like it! I have another Tom Yam chicken recipe under Poultry, you are welcome to check it out too. :)

Nilmandra said...

I would normally see pineapple pieces in a similar dish. Sour green apples is an inspired choice!