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Spice up your culinary routine

Fresh straw mushrooms are perfect in tom yum, soaking up the hot, sour, spicy and sweet broth.
Fresh straw mushrooms are perfect in tom yum, soaking up the hot, sour, spicy and sweet broth. ST PHOTOS: ONG WEE JIN

After a too-short holiday in Bangkok, I decided I would make tom yum soup from scratch - using ingredients that can all be found in Golden Mile Complex

I have come to realise that it is alarmingly easy to get stuck in a grocery rut. There are things, such as soya milk and silken tofu, that I order every week from RedMart. Red dragon fruit, which go into smoothies I make with the soya stuff, I get from random fruit stalls I come upon when out and about. Fish collars and buri fillets from Meidi-Ya when they are a good price. Grocery shopping is, you know, routine.

And dreadfully boring.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 20, 2019, with the headline 'Spice up your culinary routine'. Print Edition | Subscribe