Easy Tom Yum Goong Recipe: Make This Iconic Thai Soup For Your Next Meal


Ili •  Jun 15, 2020

Tom yum is one of the most famous dishes in Thai cuisine and it's not hard to see why. With tangy flavours, a spicy kick and mouthwatering aroma, it's no doubt that this iconic soup is a crowd favourite ? Savouring a hot bowl of tom yum with some white rice is our idea of a perfectly satisfying meal, especially on a rainy day. So if this sounds like it's right up your alley, then read on to see how you can easily make this happen at home!

While there are several variations of tom yum soup, we'll be sticking to the classic tom yum goong this time around (check out the notes section to see how you can make a different version). So, let's jump right into making an easy halal tom yung goong recipe shall we? ?

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 4 cups water (You can also use chicken or shrimp stock)
  • 12 medium-sized shrimp, shell on
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, smashed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 7-8 thin rounds galangal, thinly sliced
  • 5-6 kaffir lime leaves, roughly cut
  • 2 Thai chilies, cut into large pieces
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 3 cups oyster mushrooms
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • 4 tbsp Thai chili paste (optional)


  1. In a large pot, add water, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal and chillies over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and let it boil for about 3 to 4 minutes until you can smell the fragrance from the herbs.
  2. Reduce to a simmer and add oyster mushrooms. Then bring the soup back up to a boil.
  3. Add shrimps and when the soup just starts to bubble again, turn off the heat. Let the residual heat of the soup cook the shrimp completely for another minute or so.
  4. Add lime juice, fish sauce, sugar and chili paste (if using) and stir to combine. Taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking.
  5. Garnish with cilantro, serve with white rice and enjoy!


  1. If you want to make a creamy tom yum soup, all you need to do is add ½ a can of coconut milk. Check out the video recipe from Pailin's Kitchen below to see how the dish is made and some useful basic techniques to make the best tom yum ?

  1. Traditionally, the lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves are left in the soup as garnish. You can opt to remove all the herbs once they're done infusing before adding the mushrooms.

Now that you know how easy it is to make tom yum at home, you can readily whip up a delicious pot of Thai soup for yourself and enjoy a satisfying meal whenever you want ?