Tom Yum Soup

By admin
January 16, 2023

spicy, sour, savory, and addictive! Tom Yum soup – everybody’s favourite Thai soup


  •  300g / 10oz whole prawns / shrimp with heads and shells on


  •  3 cup (750 ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) chicken stock/broth , low sodium
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass , outer layers peeled
  • 1.5 cm / 3/5″ piece of galangal , cut into 4 slices
  •  5 kaffir lime leaves , torn roughly
  •  2 Thai or birdseye chillies 
  •  3 garlic cloves


  • 4oz oyster mushrooms
  • 1 roma tomato , cut into wedges
  • 1/2 white onion (medium sized), cut into wedges about 1 cm thick
  •  1 tsp sugar
  •  3 tbsp fish sauce 
  •  3 tbsp lime juice
  • Coriander/cilantro , for garnish


Peel the prawns. Place heads and shell in pot, reserve meat.

Use a meat mallet or similar to bash the garlic, chilli and lemongrass so they burst open to release flavour. Add into pot.

Crush kaffir lime leaves with your hands. Add into pot.

Add galangal, stock and water. Bring to simmer on high heat, cover, then reduce to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.

Strain the broth, discard the prawn shells etc, then return broth into same pot over low heat.


  • Add onions and mushrooms, simmer 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, simmer for 1 minute.
  • Add prawns, simmer 2 minutes or until just cooked.
  • Stir in sugar and fish sauce, simmer for 1 minute.
  • Add lime juice, then taste. Adjust sweet (sugar), salt (fish sauce) and sour (lime) to your taste.
  • Ladle into bowls and serve with fresh coriander and fresh chilli!
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