Tom Yum Goong

One of the most characteristic dishes of ancient Thai food, this soup with a strong acid flavor is synonymous with homemade food throughout Thailand. So, there is a huge amount of recipes out there, each with a regional touch that brings the flavor of Tum Yum closer to the memories of each family. To write here on flavors, Viajando Fácil has tried many different recipes and it is difficult to choose the best one!

But so that you can make a Tom Yum in your own way, let's show you the basic recipe for a Tom Yum Goon! We adapt some ingredients to make it easier to make according to what we have available in our markets.

Basic ingredients:

  • 10 Large Whole Shrimps (you will use the heads)
  • 4 very small onions (in the original recipe, purple onions are used)
  • 3 lemongrass stalks (in the original recipe, lemongrass is used)
  • 3 tablespoons Nam Pla fish sauce
  • 4cm sliced ginger (in the original recipe, galangal root is used)
  • 3 tablespoons of squeezed lemon (without pulp)
  • 3 teaspoons of lemon zest (in the original recipe there are 4 kaffir lime leaves)
  • 6 large mushrooms cut into large pieces
  • Chilli pepper to taste
  • 1 spoon of coriander
  • 1 liter of water.

Time to prepare your Tom Yum Goong:

  1. Clean the prawns. Remove the intestines and legs. Remove the head from the shrimp and clean it inside, but do not discard it.
  2. Knead the onions. Not to grind onions, okay? Just to break them.
  3. Place the water in a pot along with a stalk of lemon grass and mashed onions.
  4. Once it reaches the boiling point, add the 10 clean shrimp. Leave them in the pan for 15 seconds only and remove them, leaving in a separate bowl. You want them to be just half ready.
  5. Add the clean heads of the prawns to the pan and stir constantly until they turn orange. This should take a maximum of 3 minutes.
  6. Using a sieve, remove all the liquid from the first pan. This liquid will be the base of our soup.
  7. Put all the liquid removed in a pan. Add the 3 stems of lemon grass cut into 4 cm pieces, the sliced ginger and the cut mushroom. Add the 2 tablespoons of fish sauce. Cook until the mushrooms are ready.
  8. Return the prawns to the pan and remember to put on low heat. The base of your soup is ready. Now it's time to season it:
  9. Add a spoonful of fish sauce, 3 tablespoons of squeezed lemon, 3 teaspoons of lemon zest, pepper and cilantro.

Now comes the hardest part: try not to eat the whole recipe! Yes, ask someone to share this delicious Thai cuisine with you and tell us later how your Tom Yum was.

There are a thousand recipe sites out there, but one that I love when it comes to Thai food is the . The recipes there are in English and Thai, but we will always bring something delicious here for you.

And for those who are traveling easy through Thailand, be sure to visit Tum's Restaurant ( One of the best Tom Yums of all time!

Photo Credits: Food photo created by jcomp -

2 Responses

  1. You are to be congratulated! I made the recipe and it was a treat in my mind, memories of my trip to Thailand came immediately, in addition to the delicious flavor that is this dish!

    1. Hi Raylla! Glad to know that the recipe brought you good memories of Phuket! And thanks for the pictures of your Tum Yum! I already put it on our pages to inspire people to do it at home!

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