May 1, 2012

Tom Yam Goong in Thailand {Naptime on the Road}

Tom Yam Goong

I am so excited for my book signing in Georgetown tonight! While I get ready I thought I’d stop in with a favorite recipe from Thailand. As you’ll see in my posts on The Seafood Spot, my friend Nicole and I instantly fell in love with Tom Yam Goong, the national dish of Thailand, upon first sip. We were so infatuated by the spicy, sweet, citrus flavors that we made up our own version of soup wars for the bulk of our trip. We ordered it nearly every where we went comparing recipes from restaurant to restaurant!

Along the way we lucked out and were given a recipe for the delicious soup. I promise, if you love this soup, or any kind of spicy, sweet, shrimp soup, you will adore this version. Happy eating and I hope to see you tonight!


Tom Yam Goong

makes 2 servings


1 cup chicken stock
½ cup (about 6) prawns, peeled and cleaned
1 stalk lemongrass, thinly sliced
¼ cup galangal root, thinly sliced
1 keffir lime leaf, crushed
2 to 3 small chilis (red thai chilies or serrano peppers) crushed
¼ cup small mushrooms, quartered
2 teaspoons fish sauce
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 teaspoon chili paste in oil
¼ cup fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped
¼ cup fresh shallots, chopped


1. Bring the stock to a boil over medium heat.

2. Stir in the lemongrass, kefir lime leaves, lime juice, galangal, shallot, chili paste and fish sauce and boil for three minutes.

3. Add the mushrooms and prawns and boil until cooked. Scoop into bowls and top with coriander. Serve!


Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

The longest part of preparing this soup is assembling the ingredients. For less spicy soup reduce the number of chilies and remove their seeds. For a silkier soup add 1/3 cup of coconut milk.

Naptime Stopwatch

30 minutes prep time, 10 minutes cook time

Naptime Reviews

We love this soup so much and I plan to make it at home soon!



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One Response to “Tom Yam Goong in Thailand {Naptime on the Road}”

  1. This looks amazing, Kelsey! Love it. Hope you are well and hope to meet soon!