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Thai Tom Yum Soup

Tom Yum soup is a sour spicy Thai soup that is full of healthy ingredients and low in fat. It is fairly easy to make though does call for a lot of ingredients. I think it is well worth it as this is one of my favourite Thai dishes to make. Leave the chilli out if you don’t like it too spicy.

The ingredients are easy to find in most Asian stores or the specialty section in Tesco.

If you can’t find the roasted prawn paste then pick up a jar of Tom Yum Soup paste and use 2 or 3 tsp instead. Add it when the method calls for the prawns paste.



Allergens : Gluten & Lactose Free

Chicken Breasts – 2

King Prawns – 12 – 20

Coconut Milk – 2 cans

Galangal or Ginger – 1 inch sized piece

Lemongrass – 2

Limes – 2 – 3

Garlic cloves Chopped – 2

Palm Sugar or Granulated will do – 2 tsp

Onion, finely sliced – 1

Chicken Stock or Boiling water and 1 chicken stock cube – 200ml (dissolve the stock cube in the water if using it)

Roasted Prawn Paste or Prawn Paste – 1 tbsp

Kaffir Lime Leaves (optional) – 4

Fish Sauce – 2 tsp

Tomato Puree – 3 – 4 tsp

Lemon Zest (optional) – 1

A few fresh coriander leaves (optional)

Fresh Red Chilli (optional) – 1



Getting Ready..

You will need – 1 wok or deep pot, 1 sharp knife, 1 chopping board, 1 ladle


Dice the chicken into small pieces, small enough to easily sit on a teaspoon.


Cut the prawns in 2 or 3.


Add the chicken stock and fish sauce to the wok or pot then add the garlic, onion, finely chopped lemongrass and finely chopped galangal or ginger.


Bring to the boil then add the chicken, prawn paste and tomato puree/paste, boil for another minute then add the kaffir lime leaves and sugar.


Chop half the coriander and chilli if using it then add them and the coconut milk to the soup. simmer for 5 minutes then add the juice of 1 lime, taste and add the juice of the second if needed.


Add the prawns and simmer for 5 more minutes.


Sprinkle with the remaining coriander leaves and lemon zest if using it.


Taste and serve if happy, it should have a sour taste with a spicy kick. Feel free to add more sugar, fish sauce or lime juice as needed.

    • Sweetp
    • 25th February 2017

    This is absolutely amazing! So delicious!

    • SaraB
    • 9th May 2017

    Making this asap. Is it 2 fresh lemongrass?

    1. Yes or 1 tbsp of lemongrass paste

    2. Yes or 2 tbsp pureed

    • SaraB
    • 10th May 2017

    Really nice! Will definitely be making again and again

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