Tom Yum

by - August 01, 2011

Today I 'm going to share with you one of the most popular Thai Food 's recipe, Tom Yum. 
Tom Yum is one of the well known dishes from Thailand. 

Before moving to Tokyo, I had never, ever tried to make this world famous soup at home. It was because in Bangkok ,delicious and inexpensive Tom Yum was available in most food stalls and  restaurants.  So this is my very first Tom Yum.

Here in Tokyo, things are big different. Even though, there are some Thai restaurant with really delicious food and great service, most of them are really expensive too. 

Moreover, I also got a lot of requests from my Japanese friends about this recipe.  Below is authentic and easy Tom Yum recipe.

  • chicken stock 4 cup
  • coconut milk 1 cup
  • medium size shrimp 150 gram
  • Eryngii mushroom 50 gram
  • lemon grass 2 stalks 
  • 5 chilies
  • Thai chili paste 1 Tbs.  
  • some kaffir lime leaves 
  • fish sauce 4 Tbs. 
  • fresh lime juice 1 Tbs. or to taste 
  • coriander leaves to garnish  

Bring chicken stock to the boil. Peel and devein shrimp and set aside. Keep the shrimp shell and add to the stock, simmer for 15 minutes.

I did this because it's definitely hard to find the shrimp with the head on in Tokyo.  And I find this technique do add the prawny taste to the stock. 

You don't have to do this if you can find shrimp with the head on or you can afford large size river prawn.:)

Then disregard the shrimp shell. Cut lemongrass into 1.5 inches size and add to the stock, bring to the boil again. Add in Eringii and coconut milk. 

When Eringii is done, add shrimp, chili, kaffir lime leaves and Thai chili paste.  Season with fish sauce.   

To serve add the fresh lime juice and if desired, garnish with coriander. 

Serve immediately with more chili to taste. 


  • Traditionally Tom Yum was made with straw mushroom. In Tokyo, there is no fresh straw mushroom available and I found Eringii was a fine substitute.   
  • It's impossible to find fresh Thai lime in Tokyo.  I usually add Mexican lime to Thai food, and it works!!! 

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