Authentic Thai Tom Yum Soup

    25 mins

    An authentic Thai hot and sour soup. Do not attempt to omit the coriander, as this is essential. Use Thai basil instead of regular basil if you can find it. Tom yum paste is hot, so try the soup before adding the chilli and decide if any extra heat is required.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 710 ml chicken stock
    • 15 g tom yum paste
    • 0.5 clove garlic, finely chopped
    • 3 stalks lemon grass, chopped
    • 2 kaffir lime leaves
    • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - shredded
    • 110 g fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
    • 15 ml fish sauce
    • 15 ml lime juice
    • 3 g chopped green chile pepper
    • 1 bunch fresh coriander, chopped
    • 1 sprig fresh basil, chopped

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. In a large saucepan, bring the chicken stock to a boil. Stir in the tom yum paste and garlic, and cook for about 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon grass and kaffir lime leaves. Place the chicken in the saucepan, and cook 5 minutes, or until cooked through.
    2. Mix in the mushrooms. Add the fish sauce, lime juice, and green chilli. Continue cooking until well blended. Remove from heat, and serve hot with the coriander and basil sprinkled on top.

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    I was craving for something spicy and tangy and this was it! It had a nice aroma from the herbs too.  -  07 Jan 2011


    I have used this same recipe for two years now and it is the best. I have not used basil or coriander with it though but I will try it next time. Refreshing with the lemongrass and sinfully spicy. Great recipe!  -  15 Sep 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    mmmmm...YUMMY! Tastes like the Tom Yum at the Thai Restaurant that will charge you 4 bucks for a small bowl full. I was impressed, not that difficult either. I used low sodium canned chicken broth and substitued tofu instead of chicken and it was fantastic!  -  29 Jul 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)