Yummy Tom Yum Soup

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Recipe by Lily of the Cape

I found this recipe in a magazine while on a trip to Port Elizabeth. I made Tom Yum once before, but wasn't the biggest fan of the prawns so I substituted red lentils just for protein. This soup can easily be made vegetarian. Normally, this recipe calls for straw mushrooms but I couldn't find them so I fried some button mushrooms and reconstituted some dried shitake mushrooms I had. Most importantly, find the tamarind paste. I searched and had help from the recipezaar forums to finally find it. It really adds a distinctive taste. I also didn't use so many chillies, but instead just used dried flakes. I'm sure the fresh chillies make it even better. Yum!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. 1. Lightly fry mushrooms in oil or butter. Soak dried mushrooms in warm water for 20 min.
  2. 2. Bring water to boil over high heat.
  3. 3. Add the lemongrass, ginger, kaffir lime leaves, tamarind paste and fish sauce.
  4. 4. Add the prawns, bring to a boil, and cook for three minutes.
  5. 5. Add the onion, chilli paste and mushrooms.
  6. 6. Boil for another 7 minutes until the shrimp is cooked through.
  7. 7. Add the chilli peppers, spring onions and tomatoes.
  8. 8. Turn off the heat.
  9. 9. Add the lime juice.
  10. 10. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  11. 11. Garnish with coriander.

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