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Tom Yum Goong Recipe (ต้มยำกุ้ง)- Local Thai Style

Tom Yum Goong “ต้มยำกุ้ง”, the soup dish that entails the perfect combination of salty, sour, sweet, and spicy in one dish. Packed with various types of healthy herbs that are great for your health. The dish is also soothing to have on a cold or rainy day and especially a perfect cure when you have a hangover (works for me, hopefully, works for you too!).

In Thailand, we have it with rice or you can even put noodles in there too (aka Tom Yum noodle soup ก๋วยเตี๋ยวต้มยำ). If the ingredients below are unavailable in your home country, you can also simply replace them with a Tom Yum paste package and add in water, meat, and vegetables, easy peasy.

How to Make Tom Yum Goong

Ingredients (For 4)

Shrimp (or whatever meat you would like such as chicken, or pork) around 400g.

Water 4 cups

Galangal, peeled and sliced 5 pieces

Lemongrass, pounded and sliced 3 stems

Kaffir lime, shred 4 leaves

Straw mushroom, sliced 6 units (or other types of mushrooms)

Chill paste 4 tbs.

Lime juice 7 tbs.

Fish sauce 6 tbs.

Sugar 6 tsp.

Evaporated milk ½ cup

Bird's eye chili pounded 10 units (up to your spiciness preference)

Culantro, chop around 1 cm. width 2 stems

Dried chilies 2 units

Fried shallots for decoration (optional)


  1. Prepare and clean the shrimp. Take out the shrimp shell, split the back of the shrimp, keep the heads and the tails, and take out the black string on the shrimp’s back. Set aside.

  2. Pour water into a cooking pot, and heat the water to boil. Once the water is boiled, add in galangal, lemongrass, and kaffir lime. Stir and wait until you smell the aroma.

  3. Add in shrimp and mushroom, until the shrimp is cooked with a pinkish look.

  4. Mix chili paste, lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, and evaporated milk in a small bowl. Stir the ingredients until they are well blended together. Add the ingredients to the pot, stir all the ingredients a bit, and turn off the gas. Add in bird-eye chilies, culantro, and dried chilies.

  5. Serve in a serving bowl, sprinkled with fried shallots (optional)

Locals Eat

My family loves having Tom Yum soup with jasmine rice and Thai style omelet “ไข่เจียว”. It’s a perfect combination!

Check out Thai style omelet “ไข่เจียว” here.

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