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Tom Yum Soup


2 people


25 minutes


Tom Yum Soup - the BEST Thai Tom Yum Goong recipe you'll find online. Loaded with shrimp and mushroom, Tom Yum is spicy, sour, savory, and addictive!


– 12 oz. (350 g) shrimp or tiger prawn, head-on and shell-on – 2 1/2 cups shrimp stock (preferred), canned chicken stock, or water – 1 stalk lemongrass, cut into 3-inch strips, pounded with a cleaver – 3 slices galangal – 6 kaffir lime leaves, bruised – 6 bird's eyes chilies, pounded – 6 fresh oyster mushrooms, cut into pieces – 2 tablespoons nam prik pao, Thai roasted chili paste – 2 tablespoons nam prik pao oil – 3 teaspoons fish sauce – 3 1/2 tablespoons lime juice – Cilantro leaves, for garnishing

Step 1

Peel the shell and head off the shrimp, keep the tails on. Save the shell and shrimp head. Devein the shrimp and set aside.

Step 2

In a pot, bring 3 cups of water to boil. Add the shrimp head and shell to make shrimp stock. Boil until the water turns slightly orange in color. Press the shrimp heads with a spatula to extract the juice from the heads. Simmer and let the stock reduce to 2 1/2 cups. Drain the shrimp stock and discard the shrimp heads and shells.

Step 3

Turn the heat to high and add the lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, bird's eye chilies, mushroom, nam prik pao and nam prik pao oil to the shrimp stock. Bring it to boil.

Step 4

Add in the shrimp and fish sauce. Lastly, add the lime juice (if you add lime juice too early, the soup might turn bitter). Boil until the shrimps are cooked, dish out, and garnish with cilantro leaves. Serve immediately.

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