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Tom Yum Soup

Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with this Simple and Flavorful Tom Yum Soup recipe. Originating from Thailand, this spicy and sour soup is a delightful combination of aromatic herbs, tangy lime juice, and succulent shrimp or chicken.
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The Story

Tom Yum Soup is a popular Thai dish known for its bold and invigorating flavors. The broth is infused with fragrant ingredients like lemongrass, lime leaves, galangal, and chili, creating a harmonious balance of spicy, sour, and savory notes. This quick and easy recipe will allow you to enjoy the authentic taste of Thailand in the comfort of your own home.


4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
2 stalks lemongrass, bruised and cut into 2-inch pieces
4-5 kaffir lime leaves
2 slices galangal or ginger
2 Thai chilies, sliced (adjust according to your spice preference)
1/2 pound shrimp or chicken, peeled and deveined
8 ounces mushrooms (such as straw mushrooms or button mushrooms), sliced
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
Optional garnish: sliced red chili, cilantro leaves, and lime wedges
4 Servings

Prep Time:

0 Hrs 10 Mins

Cook Time:

0 Hrs 20 Mins

Total TIme:

0 Hrs 0 Mins



In a pot, bring the chicken or vegetable broth to a gentle boil.


Add lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal or ginger, and Thai chilies to the broth. Simmer for 5-7 minutes to infuse the flavors into the broth.


Add the shrimp or chicken and mushrooms to the pot. Cook until the protein is cooked through and the shrimp turns pink or the chicken is no longer pink in the center.


Stir in fish sauce, lime juice, and sugar. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste preferences.


Remove the lemongrass stalks, lime leaves, galangal or ginger slices, and discard them.


Ladle the soup into serving bowls and garnish with cilantro leaves.


If desired, add additional garnishes like sliced red chili, cilantro leaves, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice before serving.

Tips for this recipe

For an extra burst of flavor, you can add other ingredients like cherry tomatoes, sliced onions, or mushrooms of your choice. Remember that the longer the lemongrass, lime leaves, and galangal or ginger infuse the broth, the stronger the flavors will be. Adjust the amount of Thai chilies according to your preferred level of spiciness. Enjoy the comforting and vibrant flavors of this authentic Tom Yum Soup!

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