Tom Yum is my favourite Thai dish, and it will go easily on my top 5, when I eat this dish I have the same satisfaction that I get from sinigang (my favourite soup dish). I never grew up with this dish and it was just introduced to me for about 6 to 7 years ago during my first visit in Malaysia. At first I never did liked it because it is so spicy hot!!! Like most of the dishes in Malaysia. My tongue went into a shock the first time I had it but funnily enough after trying it a couple more times my taste buds seems to look and crave for it. Since then I learnt how to enjoy it, a lot! In fact when I was still working in Malaysia my day will not be complete without this soup made in a slow cooker.
Tom Yum is of Thai origin and there are a lot of Thai influence in Malay cuisine, this is one of them. Tom Yam is not just common in Malaysia but as well as in Singapore and Indonesia, Traditionally cooked using Chicken (Gai), Shrimp (Goong) and Fish (Pla) boiled in a hot and sour soup flavoured by lemon grass, chillies, galangal, lime juice or tamarind juice and kaffir lime leaves. A must try for those who likes hot and sour soup.