Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins

Nice, flavorful Thai soup. Easy to make and very tasty. Got the recipe from a Vegetarian magazine. I'm not a Vegetarian, but I love this soup!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Medium saucepan, heat vegetable broth, lemon grass, chilis and lime leaves to a simmer.
  2. In a small skillet over medium heat, add oil, garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring often for 30 seconds.
  3. When broth has simmered about 5 minutes, remove lemon grass, chilis and leaves and discard them.
  4. Add the cooked garlic and ginger to the broth. Return broth to a boil.
  5. Stir in chili paste and mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms have wilted (about 30-45 seconds). (At this point, you may want to include cooked chicken - shredded or cubed, if desired).
  6. Stir in lime juice and soy sauce.
  7. Remove from heat, ladle into bowls and top each bowl with tomato and cilantro.
Most Helpful

I say yum yum to Tom Yum! My brother went to Thailand and brought back a bunch of spices for me as a gift. So, I searched recipes by ingredients. This was my first try with the new-to-me ingredients and it came out tasty. I used dried Thai red hot peppers and dried lemon grass, as well as three baked and cubed chicken breasts and ginger powder instead of fresh ginger. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly. Easy, yummy, interesting. Five stars from me.

resenjess March 02, 2010

This soup is good, but does lack the zing without the fresh ingredients. Kaffir lime leaves, lemon grass, fresh hot chili's if you cannot find Thai hot, then even serrano or cayenne would do ok. Galangal ginger is more fragrant, but I have substituted fresh Jamaican ginger and it is ok. Instead of white mushrooms,try canned straw mushrooms (traditional) or dried shitake instead as they have more flavor. Try looking for ingredients in an asian market or they do sell Tom Yum soup base now in packets in oriental sections of major supermarkets.

Amy in Hawaii November 20, 2008

very good soup! i couldn't find lime leaves, and i could taste the difference without them. so i definitely need to find them before i make this again (hopefully soon!). my store also didn't have lemongrass stalks, only dried, so i had to make do. other than that, i made everything just as you'd written and i greatly enjoyed it!

Abi Fae February 18, 2007