Boil the tom yam stock over a medium high heat. Add the green chilies, lemon grass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, small onions and coriander root. Bring back to the boil and cook for 10 minutes.

Add the chicken breast pieces and cook for a further 10 minutes.

Add the button and shitake mushrooms and cook for a further 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook for a further 2 minutes.

Add the chili paste and cook for a further 2 minutes. Then add the lime juice, fish sauce and prawns and cook for 2 minutes or until the prawns are cooked.

Remove from the heat and stir in the chopped coriander and Thai parsley leaf. Garnish with the sliced red chili.
Serve immediately.

*2 Chili Paste
Blend together the following ingredients:
2 tsp Dried shrimp; 2 tsp Vegetable oil; 2 tsp Chili powder; 1 tsp Onion, finely chopped; 1 tsp Garlic, finely chopped; 1 tsp Tamarind juice; 1 tsp Sugar; 1 tsp Salt; 1 tsp Shrimp paste.
Add a chopped red chili (optional) and mix

Note 1 : Make a tom yam stock as follows: Boil the discarded prawn shells and heads in a litre of water with a pinch of salt and 3 sliced red Thai chilies, for about 30 minutes. Sieve the liquid. 2 x tom yam stock cubes could be substituted if available mixed with 1 litre of boiling water.

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