Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Sesame Chili Tom Yam Chicken

Love the Tom Yam taste? Oh, yeah..just makes me drool..

One of the best things about stir-fries, is that the ingredients that make-up the dish can be almost anything and as colourful as you like it to be.

When I used to make this stir-fry during my uni days, it was really basic – chicken, tom yam paste, garlic, onions and chilies. Was on a budget and well, wasn’t that adventurous.

Over the years, I have evolved this dish by adding mushrooms, cucumber, sesame seeds and fish sauce. Sometimes, I’ll add in tomatoes too. The burst of colour is just simply and amazingly appetising.

If you are wondering why add fish sauce? Well, I really do not know how to explain it but somehow, the fish sauce enhances the aroma of the seafood ingredients in the tom yam paste.

Dig in!


1 pcs Chicken Fillet, sliced
4 pcs Fresh Mushroom, sliced
4 pcs Dried Chilies
½ Cucumber, sliced
½ Onion, sliced
Garlic, chopped
1 tsp Sesame Seed Oil
1 tbsp Tom Yam Paste
1 tbsp Fish Sauce
½ tsp Cornstarch
2 tbsp Shaoxing Cooking Wine
2 tbsp Sesame Seeds

1. To re-constitute: Put Dried Chilies in bowl of warm water. Once soft, remove from water.
2. Mix sliced Chicken Fillet, Tom Yam Paste, Sesame Seed Oil & Cornstarch. Leave to marinate for about 15 minutes.
3. Heat wok. Add oil. Once hot, add Garlic. Fry till fragrant.
4. Add sliced Onion. Fry till fragrant. Leave a few slices for garnishing.
5. Add Mushroom. Fry & add 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine. Stir a few times and remove ingredients onto a plate.
6. Reheat wok. Add Chicken. Stir few times.
7. Add Shaoxing Cooking Wine. Stir few times.
8. Add Chilies. Stir few times.
9. Add Fish Sauce. Stir few times.
10. Add Cucumber & add earlier removed ingredients. Stir fry.
11. Turn heat off and sprinkle Sesame Seeds. Mixed well.
12. Serve immediately.


  1. It looks amazing, and I'd like to dig in right now. But I've never heard of "Tom Yam Paste." You mentioned it contains seafood ingredients; I'd love to know more about it.

  2. Hi Margie,
    Thanks. You'll likely find it in most Asian stores and some brands label it as Thai Chili Paste.Main seafood ingredients are dried shrimps and shrimp paste (fermented shrimp & salt). Other ingredients include oil, chilies, onions, garlic and tamarind.
    This Tom Yam Paste or Thai Chili Paste is also used for Thailand's infamous dish Tom Yam Goong.. mmmmm

  3. Great idea using tom yum paste for stir fries and I like the addition of fish sauce! I usually use it for soups and pasta dishes.

  4. This dish has great appeal, tom yam paste with fish sauce, think it's a good combination, will need to try out.