Even if you are lucky enough to own your own Phuket beach bungalow, at certain times of the year flu, the blues and general ill-feeling can strike. Although living in one of the most beautiful places on earth is bound to help you feel better, sometimes something a little more practical is needed! Thai Tom Yum Soup is the Asian equivalent of chicken broth; super healthy, immune boosting and combined with the exquisite surroundings of a Phuket luxury villa, you will be feeling better in no time!
3-4 cups chicken stock; 1 stalk lemongrass, finely chopped; 2 Tbsp. fish sauce; 3 kaffir lime leaves, 12-14 large prawns; 1-2 small red chilies, chopped; 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped; handful fresh shitake mushrooms, thinly sliced; 1 green and 1 red bell pepper, sliced; 1/2 can coconut milk, to taste; 1/3 cup fresh coriander, roughly chopped.
Optional: 1 tsp. brown sugar; and a squeeze of lime juice; handful of cherry tomatoes