Thursday, May 16, 2013

Tom Yum Goong

Tom Yum Goong! The other side of the coin to Tom Yum Soup (Seafood Tom Yum Soup). In fact, I found out that Tom Yum Goong is the most well known variety of tom yum (Tom Kha Gai & Tom Yum Chicken) and usually, make use of prawns or shrimps (Tom Yum Prawn Fried Rice), but I decided I will go for a combo of seafood and I also decided I will tweet the originality of the recipe. Regardless, we still need the customary Thai ingredients (Spicy Thai Noodles, Thai Fish Noodle Soup, Thai Vegetable Curry & Shrimp Pad Thai Salad) and instead of lime juice, it should be tamarind juice or you can use both as well, depending on hour sour you like tom yum goong to be and I also sauteed the herbs for aroma to rise up (Thai Steamed Fish, Thai Green Fish Curry & Thai Carrot Soup). Next was, of course, adding the rest of the ingredients, seasoning, tasting for perfecting the big, bold tastes and coriander leaves garnished before serving. Tom Yum Goong! Gosh! Simply fabulous. Spiciness, tanginess and double doze of aroma. Kaffir lime leaves and coriander leaves.

6-7 medium size prawns - de-vein without removing removing the head and skin. 
5 fish balls 
2 medium size squids - clean and cut into rings
1/4 Chinese cabbage - sliced
2 tomatoes - sliced
1 lemongrass - bruised
1 inch galangal/lengkuas - smashed
5-6 kaffir lime/limau purut leaves
Tamarind juice - as needed 
1 large red onion - sliced
3-4 red/bird eye chillies - smashed
1 tbsp fish sauce
2 sprigs coriander leaves - sliced
Palm sugar - as needed 
1 1/2 tbsp oil
Salt for taste
In the heated oil, saute lemongrass, galangal and onion.
Add tomatoes and chillies. 
Stir for a mushy paste.  
Pour 1/2 liter of water (more if you like), add prawns and lime leaves.
When prawns are half cooked, add the rest of the ingredients except coriander leaves.
Simmer to heat through. 
Off the heat, garnish with coriander leaves before serving.  


  1. hi Nava,

    I have had these kind of soups in thai restaurants . but i have not attempted to make it so fat . Thanks for sharing . Will try out soon

  2. Awesome and mouth-watering soup Nava.. This recipe is in my must-try list.. Thanks for sharing :-)

  3. I think i commented here as well!! where did it go?!
    No problem, let me say it again :)
    You have clicked amazing pictures!! I wanted to know if i can replace seafood by something veg...

  4. Wow! Wow! This soup is one of our favorite weeknight soup these days. I used to make this using Knorr chicken cubes. But i want to try your recipe. This is just awesome.

  5. Soup looks superb yumm... Click is just like professional... Happy to follow you...

  6. Such a delicious looking soup my friend, the veggie version at a local restaurant is my favourite :D


  7. so tempting. What is the white small ball like in the pic?

  8. Gheza - the round stuffs are fish balls.

  9. Happy Teachers Day to you, Nava!!
    I cannot believe that you were a shy girl growing up :-)!!!
    Some teachers really make an impression and some doesn't even matter! I do have good memories from my formative years!! But I'm not in touch with any of them now.
    Love the soup, especially the fish ball, it is kinda looking like rosagulla :-) - looks perfect!

  10. This looks super yummy...perfect start for a perfect meal!

  11. I think every one has good and bad experience with their teachers and there are some who really stand out from others like this soup. It looks like a great recipe.

  12. Its Teachers' Day in Malaysia? Happy Teachers' Day! Now I know you are an educator! Not an easy job!

  13. In India, Teacher's Day is on August 5. Interesting to read your insight on your childhood teachers. It made me think about mine. There were just a few that I liked and admired.

    I'm seriously thinking of making the soups from your recipes when my boys come home. Not all the ingredients are available here so I'll have to use substitutes for some.

  14. A hearty and delicious soup. Love all that sea-food and the flavours you described.
    I can actually identify with you coz i too used to be timid and shy as a kid. I too owe it to some wonderful friends who brought me out of my shell.

  15. It looks and sounds delicious!! Very nice blog!

  16. Soup along with the click is simply wow


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