Tom Yum Soup

This soup is the epitome of Thai cooking. It's hot, sour, flavourful and refreshing at the same time.


Serves 2

1 sachet tom yum paste (available at good supermarkets. We like the one from On/Off Spices)
250g prawns
150g mushrooms
150g cherry tomatoes
50g bean sprouts
1 lime
250ml coconut milk
1 small bunch coriander
65g egg noodles
1 organic vegetable stock cube
1 tablespoon fish sauce, or more to taste
salt and pepper

Heat 1 litre water in a pot with the vegetable stock cube and add half or all of the sachet tom yum paste to the liquid (depending on how spicy you want the soup to be).

Finely slice the mushrooms, cut the cherry tomatoes in half and finely chop the coriander. Add the egg noodles to the simmeringstock. After they have cooked for 2 minutes, add the mushrooms and cook for 1 minute.

Add the tomatoes, bean sprouts, prawns and half the coconut milk to the soup. Add lime juice and fish sauce (about 1 tablespoon) to taste.

Divide the soup between 2 bowls and sprinkle with the coriander.


voor 2 personen

1 zakje tom yum pasta (verkrijgbaar bij de supermarkt. We gebruik die van On/Off Spices)
250g garnalen
150g champignons
150g cherrytomaatjes
50g tauge
1 limoen
250ml kokosmelk
1 bosje koriander
65g  eiermie
1 biologisch groenten bouillonblokje
1 eetlepel vissaus, of meer naar smaak
zout en peper

Verwarm 1 liter water met 1 groentenbouillonblokje en los de ½ tot het hele zakje van de tom yum pasta hier in op (afhankelijk hoe scherp je het wil hebben).

Snijd de paddenstoelen in schijfjes, de cherrytomaatjes in tweeen en hak de koriander en knoflook fijn. Voeg de mie en na 2 minuten de paddestoelen toe aan de bouillon, laat het daarna nog 1 minuut koken.

Voeg de tomaten, tauge, garnalen en de helft van de kokosmelk toe. Voeg limoensap en vissaus naar smaak toe aan de bouillon.

Verdeel de soep over 2 diepe borden of kommen en maak af met de koriander.

Thai Salad with Grilled Sausages

Sausages are great eaten in a bun as a hotdog or served with mash or lentils. This recipe is definitely a lot lighter and suits warm sunny days. The addition of chilli and sweetness make it a joy to eat.


serves 2

4 spicy sausages
1 lime
1 butter lettuce
1 small bunch basil
1 small bunch mint
5 spring onions
1 red chilli
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
salt and pepper
your favourite chilli sauce (optional, to serve on the side)

Heat a frying pan or grill pan on medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon sunflower oil to the pan and fry the sausages on all sides until golden brown, about 12 minutes. Finely grate the lime zest.

Make the dressing by mixing together the soft brown sugar, 1 tablespoon sunflower oil, sesame oil, fish sauce, zest and juice from the lime and ½ the red chilli which has been finely chopped.

Finely slice the spring onions and pick the mint, basil and butter lettuce leaves.

Mix the dressing through the salad and herbs. Divide between 2 plates and slice the sausages diagonally in thirds. Place them on top of the salad and serve. Optional: serve with chilli sauce on the side.


voor 2 personen

4 pittige worstjes
1 limoen
1 kropsla
1 klein bosje basilicum
1 klein bosje munt
5 bosuitjes
1 rode chilipeper
2 eetlepels zonnebloemolie
1 eetlepel bruine basterdsuiker
1 eetlepel vissaus
1 eetlepel sesamolie
zout en peper
je favorite chilisaus (eventueel om te serveren in een klein kommetje)

Verhit een koekenpan of grillpan op middelhoog vuur. Voeg 1 eetlepel zonnebloemolie toe en bak of grill de worstjes aan alle kanten goudbruin, ongeveer 10-12 minuten. Rasp de limoen.

Meng de suiker, 1 eetlepel zonnebloemolie, sesamolie, vissaus, rasp en sap van de limoen en ½ fijn gehakte chilipeper door elkaar.

Snijd de bosuitjes fijn, pluk de blaadjes van de munt, basilicum en kropsla.

Schep de dressing door de salade en kruiden. Verdeel de salade over 2 borden en snijd de worstjes schuin in drieën. Plaats ze bovenop de salade en besprenkel eventueel met chilisaus.

Coconut Lime Chicken with Rice

An easy and healthy dish which is light and full of zingy flavours. A satisfying weekday recipe.

Serves 2

150g  jasmine rice
400 g chicken thighs, boned
2 baby gem lettuce
1 small tin coconut milk
2 limes
15 g mint
1 red chilli pepper
olive oil (3 tablespoons)
fish sauce

Preheat the oven to 200° C. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil. Add the rice and cook for 10 minutes. Drain the rice off through a sieve; add a small amount of water to the pan. Set the sieve over the pan, cover with a lid and allow the rice to steam over a low heat.
Finely chop the red chilli. Place the chicken in a bowl, drizzle over 2 tablespoons olive oil, season with salt and pepper, squeeze over the juice from the lime and add half he chopped chilli. Heat a grill pan over high heat and grill the chicken thighs on both sides. Place the chicken in a roasting dish and roast in the oven for 20 minutes.
Finely chop the mint. In a bowl, mix together 120 ml coconut milk, the juice of half the second lime, fish sauce to taste, the chopped mint and remaining chopped chilli. Click the leaves off the baby gem lettuce.
Lay the baby gem leaves in a serving bowl. Spoon the rice on top. Slice the chicken diagonally into pieces and place on top of the rice. Spoon over the coconut dressing and serve.

Gin & Tonic

Gin & Tonic is one of the hippest drinks at the moment and certainly is well paired with good weather. Here's a definitive guide to making the perfect G&T.

Use a gin of your choice, as everyone has their favourite brand. Also use the finest chilled organic tonic water (our favourite is by FeverTree and using the 200ml bottles means it is always fresh).

You'll need:
Fresh green lime
A sharp knife
Chopping board
Bottle opener
Long spoon

Start by rolling the lime on a chopping board with the palm of your hand. What this does is massage the fruit to get the juices flowing. You'll be able to get a higher yield of juice from each wedge. Now you're ready to cut your lime into wedges. To do this, don't cut it in half from head to tail but through the circumference of the fruit, then, whilst resting the flat area on the board, cut the two halves into four wedges (cut across the segments). You should end up with eight perfectly formed wedges which are juicy and will add aroma and flavour. If you don't happen to use up all your lime wedges in one go, place them in a sealable container and pop them into the freezer. This way they are ready to be used next time as lime flavoured ice cubes.

Next take one of your lime wedges and between thumb and forefinger, squeeze into the bottom of the highball glass, then drop in the wedge. Take your favourite bottle of gin (if you're lucky enough to have a barman's pourer in your bottle then turn it upside down over the glass and count to five. This should give you a double measure 50ml). If you don't have a pourer then you could use the cap. This measures 15 ml - measure out 3 of these add one last splash for good luck.

Next, fill the glass to the top with ice then stir for a few seconds with the long spoon. Open your chilled bottle of tonic water just before you need it so it's lively, then pour 100ml over the ice. Let the bubbles settle then stir for a couple of seconds to mix the drink and create a consistent flavour. If needed, add more ice cubes to bring the water line to around 1 cm from the top of the glass (not more tonic) then add a second lime wedge (not squeezed) perfectly positioned on the top of your drink to add aroma and visual appeal, but little extra flavour. Now sit back, relax and sip away!

Note: You can also mix the flavours up by introducing spices like pink peppercorns, cloves, fruit such as orange or blueberries.

We, the Amsterdam Flavours chefs, hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. If you have any questions on how to prepare it or just want to send us your feedback, you can reach us here Contact Amsterdam Flavours