One of the most popular dishes in Thai Restaurants here in the US and in Thailand is a spicy and sour soup known as Tom Yum or Tom Yam. The Goong part means shrimp, and this is the most common protein used. You could also do chicken, or even a mixture of seafood. While the soup does not take long to make, it does require some hard to find herbs, but I was able to find them at the Asian grocery store.
I’m actually kind of embarrassed that it took me so long to post this popular soup. I’ve made Tom Yum Goong quite a few times, but either it’s been too dark to take pics, or my family is so hungry that I need to serve it right away. But this time I was able to photograph it! If you prefer the coconut milk version, here is the recipe for Tom Kha.
With cold and flu season in full force, this soup will warm your belly and clear your sinuses. I know I’ve said it before, but food truly is medicine, and fresh herbs can do wonders when you’re feeling sick. My kids eat Tom Yum, but just without the chili peppers in it. I take some soup out and then add the spice for my husband and I.
Here are my notes on how to make Tom Yum Goong at home. The ingredient list will look intimidating if you’re not familiar with Asian cooking, but if you have an Asian grocery store in your city, you should be able to find everything there. You’ll also notice that my broth is more translucent instead of red, like most restaurants serve it. The red oily hue comes from a Roasted Chili Paste. You can add this but I prefer to just use fresh bird’s eye chilis. In order to prevent the shrimp from turning rubbery, add it into the soup once the broth is done, and at a gentle simmer, then serve immediately. If you want to save some Tom Yum for later, then just add the shrimp when your re-heat it the next time.
Enjoy this flavorful soup at home today!