Thai Hot and Sour Soup


Fantastic authentic Thai hot and sour soup. Ideal as a starter in a Thai meal. Not very filling, but a great appetizer. Very quick and easy to prepare. The tom yum paste is hot, so try the soup before adding the chile and decide if any extra heat is required. Do not attempt if you do not have fresh coriander, as this is vital!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 3 cups chicken stock

  • 1 tablespoon tom yum paste

  • ½ clove garlic, finely chopped

  • 3 stalks lemon grass, chopped

  • 2 makrut lime leaves

  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - shredded

  • 4 ounces fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced

  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon chopped green chile pepper

  • 1 bunch fresh coriander, chopped

  • 1 sprig fresh basil, chopped


  1. Bring the chicken stock to a boil in a large saucepan. Stir in the tom yum paste and garlic, and cook for about 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon grass and lime leaves. Place the chicken in the saucepan, and cook 5 minutes, or until no longer pink and juices run clear.

  2. Mix in the mushrooms. Add the fish sauce, lime juice, and green chile pepper. Continue cooking until well blended. Remove from heat, and serve warm with the coriander and basil.


Prawns (approximately 1/2 pound) may be substituted for chicken in this recipe. Cook them only until opaque. If lime leaves are not available, substitute 1 tablespoon lime zest.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

71 Calories
2g Fat
5g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 71
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 639mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 251mg 5%

* 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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