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Tom yum soup is a Thai mainstay with thousands of versions of the recipe out there, this one is mine, characteristically (for me) spicy and warming and packed with shrimp and mushrooms

I love Thai flavours, there is just something magical about the combinations of flavours that are pure magic, this Tom Yum Soup relies on all of the flavours you associate with that part of the world, lemongrass, kafir lime leaf, fish sauce and of course chili all feature in this soup. A soup that takes less than 20 minutes to cook and prepare! Most of the ingredients here should be available from your local Asian store or even well stocked supermarket, being the committed foodie I am I make my own red Thai curry paste, but use what ever works for you, if you have your favourite brand then drop that in here. However if you are interested in making your own red curry paste for this tom yum soup then you can find it here in my Thai Red Duck Curry recipe or you could of course just click here.

As a food blogger or writer or what ever you want to call me this week always comes as a bit of a relief, my social media feeds are chocked full of food, I’m surrounded by the stuff all day long… However I have been overwhelmed by Halloween ‘food’ for the last few weeks and I swear it has been worse this year than any other, it does not help that it is a ‘tradition’ I just don’t get but as far as I am concerned it is responsible for some of the greatest food nonsense I see all year. Yes my news feed will be full of Thanks Giving food for the next few weeks and of course Christmas is looming but in many ways at least those tow traditions mean edible food. Halloween just means making food look like shitty plastic Halloween tat from the supermarket. Anyway rant aside I promise that my site will always be kept a ‘food of the week’ free zone, just good old recipe to fill yer belly for lunch or dinner, no go to the kitchen and make yourself some Tom Yum Soup.

Tom yum soup is a Thai mainstay with thousands of versions of the recipe out there, this one is mine, characteristically (for me) spicy and warming and packed with shrimp and mushrooms
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Tom Yum Soup

Tom yum soup is a Thai mainstay with thousands of versions of the recipe out there, this one is mine, characteristically (for me) spicy and warming and packed with shrimp and mushrooms

Course Soup
Cuisine Thai
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Author Brian Jones

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Tbsp Thai Red Curry Paste.
  • 500 ml Chicken Stock.
  • 2 Spring Onions: Cut into 1cm long 'coins'.
  • 1 Clove Garlic. Finely sliced.
  • 30 g Ginger: Cut into batons as thin as possible.
  • 1 Kafir Lime Leaf.
  • 100 g Musrooms: Sliced about 3mm thick.
  • 250 g Shrimp. I use frozen but defrosted.
  • 150 ml Coconut milk.
  • 1 Tbsp Fish Sauce.
  • 1 Tsp Soy Sauce.
  • 1 Tsp Brown Sugar.
  • 1 Stick Lemon Grass. Outer leaves removed and sliced.
  • 1 Tsp Cooking Oil: Neutral.
  • 1 Tomato: Cut into 8 wedges and deseeded.
  • 1 Tsp Lime Juice.
  • 1 Red Chili: Finely sliced.
  • 1 Handful Coriander: Roughly chopped.

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a wok over a high heat and add the red Thai curry paste and fry for 30 seconds.

  2. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.

  3. Now pour in the stock and reduce the temperature to medium and add in the lemon grass, kafir lime leaf, ginger. Soy sauce, fish sauce and spring onion and cook for 5 minutes.

  4. Add in the sugar and lime juice and stir before adding in the shrimp, mushrooms and tomato and simmering for 3-4 minutes.

  5. Finally stir through the coconut milk and bring back to temperature and serve with the fresh chili and chopped coriander.

Recipe Notes

If you have shell on shrimp by all means cook them in there shells and then peel before serving to amp up the flavour.

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Tom yum soup is a Thai mainstay with thousands of versions of the recipe out there, this one is mine, characteristically (for me) spicy and warming and packed with shrimp and mushrooms
Tom yum soup is a Thai mainstay with thousands of versions of the recipe out there, this one is mine, characteristically (for me) spicy and warming and packed with shrimp and mushrooms
2017-11-07T05:14:52+00:00

10 Comments

  1. Lucy @ Supergoldenbakes November 7, 2017 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Haha. I do get your point here Brian. I hope you are having plenty of breathing space this week and finding more suitable eye-candy. As for this soup, what is not to like. A bought paste is handy, but I’ll be checking out your homemade version too. Oh and, it’s great that alongside the red curry paste there’s plenty of other spices involved in this soup too.

    • Brian Jones November 9, 2017 at 10:01 am - Reply

      It is nice not to be barraged by perfectly nice ingredients being turned into macabre crap 😉 I’m perfectly comfortable being a combination store bought/homemade cook, I do like making my own bases but sometimes there just aint that time and I am blessed with lots and lots of time, not all people are so fortunate.

  2. Emily November 7, 2017 at 11:49 am - Reply

    This soup looks incredible, I literally love every ingredient although they are not all easy to find in Italy. I so miss fresh coriander and it always dies on me when I try to grow it. I’ll maybe try adapting it slightly.

    • Brian Jones November 9, 2017 at 10:05 am - Reply

      Coriander can be challenging to grow, the problem we have is to stop it bolting to seed and it is often a real headache. I totally get the problems sourcing ingredients, I am in Rural Hungary and most folk have no idea what lemon grass and kafir lime leaves are 😉 I make the 320km round trip to Budapest once every 4-6 weeks to keep my pantry stocked up. It is not necessarily a sub but coriander and tamarind have a similar zingy profile so using a little in this soup would take it somewhere else but would still work really well.

  3. Kristina November 7, 2017 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Thai is my absolute favorite too – many years ago I learned how to cook several dishes, it was such fun, and SO tasty! this looks warm and comforting…

  4. Vicky @ Avocado Pesto November 7, 2017 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    This is one of my all time favorite recipes! This soup is simply the best!!!

  5. Pretty November 7, 2017 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    Really like your version of tom yum soup! I think my boyfriend would love this recipe!

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