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Tom Yum Goong

Tom Yum Goong Recipe

The coconut milk adds extra richness to the soup but it is optional. Different brands of tom yum paste vary in saltiness, heat and flavour, so season to taste accordingly.


  • 500ml water
  • 10 large prawns veins removed; leave the head and tail on
  • 70 grams canned straw mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce to taste
  • juice of 1 Thai lime to taste
  • 200ml coconut milk optional
  • coriander

(A) Spices

  • 30 grams instant tom yum paste
  • 4 shallots peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1 lemongrass pounded; outer leaf removed, white part sliced thinly & diagonally
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves
  • 4 slices galangal
  • 1 chilli padi sliced thinly & diagonally; to taste
  • 2 dried red chilli to taste


  1. Boil water in a soup pot. Add (A) and bring to a simmer.
  2. Add prawns and mushrooms. Once the prawns are cooked (just a few minutes), season the soup to taste with fish sauce and lime juice.
  3. Lower the heat, stir in coconut milk and warm the soup through.
  4. Ladle soup into serving bowls and garnish with coriander.

Noob Cook Tip

For convenience, you can buy pre-packed tom yum spices (consisting of lemongrass, shallot, galangal, lime, chilli padi and kaffir lime leaf) sold at most supermarkets.

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13 comments on “Tom Yum Goong”

  1. Hi,any idea where to buy the pre-packed
    Tom Yam Paste in Singapore?
    If not any other good replacement paste?

    Thanks In Advance.

    • I have no idea if this can be found in Singapore (but not seen it at our local supermarkets so far). If you want to look for it, Golden Mile may be a good place to try. But I think most tom yum pastes are quite decent, after all you will be adding aromatics to cook it, and you can season the soup to taste.

    • Sheng shiong has them (some)

  2. My favorite Thai soup! Not that there is a variety of Thai soups for me to choose from but I do like the “hot and sour” aspect of it

  3. This post sure makes me crave for Thai food. =p

    Nice new format.

  4. not sure when you changed your icon but i love the new icon!

  5. Your tom yum goong looks so much better than those served in the restaurants! Gorgeous clicks!

  6. Nice and spicy. Lots of exciting flavours in a soup.

  7. I bought 1 pack of pre-pack paste and cooked together with those pre-pack spices at Fairprice. It’s turns out to be bitter, do you have any idea why is it so ?

  8. Hi, Where to buy fish sauce?

  9. i love tom yum

  10. Ahhh yes daddy I love me some tom yum cook for me daddy soup so souperb daddy

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