Recipe: Episode 3 - Tom Yum Goong

06 November 2014
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Tom Yum Goong 

What you need:

8 cups chicken broth

2 stalks fresh lemongrass, sliced on a bias in 2-inch pieces

4 kaffir lime leaves

1 -inch piece fresh galangal or ginger, sliced

2 red chiles, sliced

2 tablespoons fish sauce,

1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

1 cup can straw mushrooms, rinsed and halved

1 pound large shrimp, peeled with tails on

2 limes, juiced

2 green onions, sliced

1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped


What to do:


  • Bring the stock to the boil over medium heat in a saucepan. Add the lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, and chiles.

  • Lower the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes to let the spices infuse the broth.

  • Uncover and add the fish sauce, sugar, and mushrooms. Simmer for 5 minutes.

  • Toss in the shrimp and cook for about 8 minutes until they turn pink. Remove from the heat and add the lime juice, green onions, and cilantro.

  • Taste for salt and spices; you should have an equal balance of spicy, salty, and sour.

NOTE: It's a good idea to tell your guest's that the lemongrass and lime leaves are for flavor only and should be avoided when eating the soup.