Tom Yum Koong Soup


Tom yum soup is easy to make at home with this recipe. Koong or goong is the Thai word for shrimp, which is featured in this tom yum koong recipe. Many ingredients can be found in your local Thai, Asian, or specialty shop. Chile paste with soybean oil comes in small jars and can be found in most Asian markets. Galangal, a member of the ginger family, is a knobby root that tastes like a cross between ginger and pepper. Makrut lime leaves have an aromatic citrus-like smell and flavor. Garnish this shrimp tom yum soup with fresh cilantro leaves.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins


  • 2 lemongrass stalks

  • ½ pound medium shrimp - peeled, deveined and shells reserved

  • 4 cups water

  • 4 makrut lime leaves

  • 4 slices galangal

  • 4 chile padi (bird's eye chiles)

  • 1 ½ tablespoons fish sauce

  • 1 ½ limes, juiced

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon hot chile paste

  • 1 tablespoon tom yum soup paste (Optional)

  • 12 fresh button mushrooms, halved

  • 1 (6 ounce) can whole straw mushrooms, drained


  1. Trim lemongrass and cut into matchstick-sized pieces.

  2. To make stock: Add reserved shrimp heads and shells to 4 cups water in a pot over medium-low heat; simmer for about 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and let stock sit for another 20 minutes before discarding shells.

  3. Add stock, lemongrass, lime leaves, galangal, chile padi, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, chile paste, and tom yum soup paste to a large soup pot; bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.

  4. Lower the heat to medium, then add shrimp, button mushrooms, and straw mushrooms. Simmer until the outsides of shrimp are pink and the centers are opaque, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

63 Calories
1g Fat
4g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 63
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 517mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 10g
Potassium 137mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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