What do you need to add to make a special Poh Tak soup?
If you are a quintessential London food lover craving for some good spicy food, we highly recommend you to try our Poh Tak soup. It is one of the richest and spiciest soups of Thai cuisine, and any traditional Thai restaurant must have it in its menu. At Thai Square Restaurants, we pride ourselves on our preparation of the authentic Poh Tak soup as we attempt to open your taste buds to the flavour of real Thai cooking. This soup is one of our most popular Thai seafood dishes favoured by the patrons. It is not merely the chicken, shrimp or prawns, sea bass, squid, mussels or crab that make this soup such a favourite. It is rather the other ingredients, quite commonly used in Thai cooking, that make this a mouth-watering delicacy.
A couple of stalks of lemongrass, finely chopped, is an essential ingredient of the Poh Tak Soup. As indicated by its name, the lemongrass brings a zesty lime flavour and aroma to the dish and helps make the soup so savoury.
Often called the Thai Ginger or the “laos root”, galangal is related to the rhizome family of ginger, but it is markedly different in taste and uses. Galangal is often an indispensable part of Asian cooking, with its distinct citrusy taste. It can be used either fresh or dried, and when sparingly added to the Poh Tak Soup, it enhances the taste with a subtle piney texture.
- Kaffir lime leaves
This is a popular ingredient in most Thai cooking, and the use of this aromatic herb in preparing the Poh Tak Soup is no wonder. The leaves are thick with dark shiny green colour on one side and pale green and porous surface on the other. It is easily distinguishable from regular lime by the skin of the fruit and its bitter taste. We add 4-5 kaffir lime leaves to the soup which creates the fine aroma emanating from the dish.
- Green and red Thai chillies
What does the Poh Tak Soup owe its spiciness to? The answer lies in the use of Thai chillies as the most important ingredient. The green Thai chilli is unique in its intense hotness, while the red Thai chilli has a delayed effect, and grows in heat minutes after you have consumed the soup. A combination of the two Thai chillies produces the ultimate richness and spicy quality of the soup.
- Thai basil leaves
This is different from sweet basil, as our chefs add Thai basil leaves to the Poh Tak Soup for the particular anise-like aroma with subtle hints of liquorice and a slight spiciness. A part of the mint family, Thai basil has been a key ingredient in many Asian cuisines, especially the Thai soups.
So, next time you are looking for Tower Bridge restaurants which offer delightful and authentic Thai food, we urge you to try Thai Square Restaurant. We offer some of the best restaurant deals in London that you can check out online. And when you come in, do not forget to order our speciality – the Poh Tak Soup.