Tom Yum Goong

This bowl of tom yum goong (Thai hot and spicy soup with prawns) is simply perfect for the cooler December nights. I cheated by using my favourite instant tom yum paste I bought from Bangkok so whipping it up is both fast and easy.

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Tom Yum Goong Recipe

My family says my soup looks and tastes as good as the ones we ate at Thai eateries! We love to enjoy this addictively spicy soup with a bowl of steamed rice, or cook it with some glass noodles (tang hoon) as an easy one-dish meal.

Tom Yum Goong Recipe

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.