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Tom Yum Goong Recipe

How to Cook a Tom Yum Goong?

Tom Yum Goong is one of the pillars of Thai Food, probably the best known Thai dish the world around and there are of course countless variations possible. This recipe is how Faa cooks it, and we know that everyone has their own way and own preferences… If this is your first time, we tried to be a bit specific with the ingredients. Have fun and share your results and ask questions on our Facebook page!


Tom Yum Goong for 2 persons, what you need:

  • 1 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 4 to 6 Lemongrass stalks
  • 150 gr Mushrooms
  • 3 Small Shallots
  • 5 Bird’s eye chillies
  • 6 Kafir lime leaves
  • 5 Thick slices of Galangal
  • 1 Handful of coriander, split leaves and stems1 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon chilli paste
  • 2/3 Cup coconut milk
  • 3 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 Big prawns

How to cook

Bring the broth to boil, add shallots, Galangal, lemongrass, Kafir lime leaves and mushroom stems, then move to low heat to infuse the aroma in water, about 5-10 minutes.

Remove from heat, add an equal amount of lime juice and fish sauce, adjust to taste depending on how your broth tastes. Add the crushed bird eye chilli (beware not to touch your eyes!) and the remaining mushrooms.

Add the prawns and bring the soup to a boil again, then add the prawns, but don’t overcook. Top with fresh coriander leave and serve hot.


Using a whole young coconut: Open the coconut, keep the shell and spoon off the flesh into small bite pieces. In the original recipe, replace most of the water with coconut juice (you still would need a bit of water). You can also add some mushrooms, if possible the variety called ‘straw mushroom’. Read more about Tom Yum Goong

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