Tom Yum Goong (Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup)

  • Serves

    serves 2


Fragrant with lime juice and lemongrass, this hot and sour soup is based on a recipe from our friend Nancie McDermott, author of Real Thai (Chronicle Books, 1992).


  • 3 large stalks fresh lemongrass
  • 4 chicken stock
  • 12 fresh or frozen Kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 cup canned straw mushrooms, drained
  • 2-4 tbsp. roasted Thai chile paste (nam prik pao)
  • 8 oz. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 12 tbsp. fish sauce
  • 4-6 Thai chiles, stemmed and smashed with side of a knife
  • 3 scallions, cut into 1" lengths
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 cups cooked rice (optional)


instruction 0

Trim tip and root ends of lemongrass stalks and remove and discard tough outer layer. Using a meat mallet or the side of a knife, smash lemongrass to flatten it; tie stalks into a knot; set aside. Pour stock into a 2-qt. saucepan and bring to a boil. Add lemongrass and half the lime leaves, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until fragrant, about 5 minutes.

instruction 1

Remove and discard lemongrass and lime leaves and increase heat to high. Stir in mushrooms and chile paste, to taste, and boil for 1 minute; add shrimp and fish sauce and cook until shrimp are just cooked through, about 45 seconds. Combine remaining lime leaves with chiles, scallions, and lime juice in a serving bowl or tureen. Pour soup into serving bowl, stir, and serve with rice, if you like.

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