Quickie Tom Yum Soup

"A quick & super simple soup. Tom Yum is a thai hot and sour soup, as well as being spicy. I don't really like cooking Tom Yum from scratch because its a very common dish, and whenever one gets the craving for Tom Yum, they want it here and now, rather than waiting hours for it! (TIP: Feel free to add seafood or substitute the vegetables inside to whatever your preference. It's Tom Yum Soup!)"
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  • Set water to boil in a pot, add water and mix in tom yum soup.(NOTE:Unless the tom yum paste has instructions, follow as above to prepare the tom yum soup base.).
  • Put garlic, celery, tomatoes, mushrooms, chicken and prawns inside the pot. Leave to boil.
  • Add chicken, stock cube, salt and pepper. Leave to boil for another 5 - 10 minutes, until the fragrant smell of the soup wafts around the kitchen or until the oil from the tom yum soup appears on the surface on the soup.
  • Garnish with coriander and serve.

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  1. This is one of the worst recipes I?ve ever read. It makes no sense and so, is impossible to follow.<br/><br/>Step 1. Bring water to a boil then add water.<br/>Step 2. Add chicken etc and boil. How long? Five minutes? Three weeks?<br/>Step 3 Add chicken again.<br/><br/>And to the person who subsituted cilantro for coriander, they are the same thing.
  2. This was a great quick and easy soup. Bought the paste last minute at a Market in Burlington, MA called "H Market". My hubby was crazing Tom yum soup being sick and all, but the best is way out in Boston. Decided to be a little creative and make it myself. 5 stars from me :)
  3. I'm sorry but I won't be making this again. It was quick and easy and with the addition of a little fish sauce, sugar and a lot more fresh coriander was alright but nothing to rave about. I was dubious about the 2 tablespoons of pepper and so used 2 teaspoons but that was still too much. Maybe I used the wrong kind, as black or white isn't stated. I also followed someone's advice and used strained tinned tomatoes as I didn't have any fresh in but it gave it a very stew-like quality, especially with the chunks of celery in there, which I wasn't keen on. The tom yum paste, garlic and chicken stock made for a very tasty base, however and if people start from there and add their own personal favourite tom yum bits and pieces they won't go far wrong.
  4. Thank you so much! You are so right...I love Tom Yum Soup, but when I want it, I want it right away! Thanks. I am going to give this a try. I did not know about the paste. Thanks again!
  5. Very tasty and easy. I added both button mushrooms and regular mushrooms, some lemon grass, and doubled the recipe so I would have extra to freeze.


  1. excellent and quick! subbed 2 med tomatoes for a 750ml can of diced tomatoes, and subbed cilantro for the coriander.


Deux Petits Chefs means "Two Little Cooks". A brother and sister duo who dabbles in the fine art of cooking. One lives in Singapore, currently serving in the national army and loves jazz, the other is studying in Australia and loves art. Both are avid video gamers and each has their own style of cooking. The sister is a casual, laid-back cook, while the brother is a hardcore traditionalist. Areas of Expertise: Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Mediterranean & fusion fare. Both are avid supporters of Authentic Asian food, not the western/pseudo rip offs we see around the world! Go Authentic Asian Food! :)
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