This Tom Yum Soup Recipe is a time saver and lifesaver. If you love eating spicy delicious food and want to give your vegetables an upgrade without slogging in the kitchen this might as well be your go-to recipe.
Warning: If you are a purist that loves slaving in the kitchen or if cooking from scratch is your jam, move on. I use shortcuts to make this recipe. Which you may or may not appreciate. If you are a Thai food puritan, you may not like me adding other ingredients in the soup as well. But as my daughter says – You never know when you try. Haha (she actually means – You will never know until you try.)
Also, a Tom Kha Soup, While we are on the topic of Thai Soups.
So what is the difference between a Tom Yum and a Tom Kha Soup? Tom Yum Soup is clear soup and Tom Kha Soup is milky because coconut milk is added to it. The spice level is slightly mild in a Tom Kha Soups in general unless you are spice crazy like me and add peppers to everything, but the kitchen sink.
Which one do you like better – Tom Kha Soup or Tom Yum Soup?
The main ingredients you need in order to make a Tom Yum Soup are this Tom Yum Soup Sauce, Large Shrimp (6-8 per person), mushrooms. And Cilantro and Lemon Juice for Garnish. And Chicken, Fish,or Beef Stock. If not, Water is fine too.
But I am never the one to be done with traditional ingredients. Here are the other things I add to it – Vegetables like chard, kale, bok choy, choy sum, and other greens, Zucchini, Carrots, Colorful Peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage. Sometimes I will switch up Tofu or Chicken breast for Protein instead of Shrimp.
I am not mentioning the quantity, add whatever you will eat. Really, this recipe is so easy you do not need to make it ahead of time. Make it when you want it.
Method to cook Tom Yum Soup
It cannot get easier than this. In a thick bottomed pan, Add a Tbsp of Tom Yum Soup Sauce. Add Broth. Bring to boil. Add Shrimp and Mushrooms (and vegetables, if adding vegetables.). And bring to boil covered. Turn off the heat. Wait for about 10 minutes. Add chopped cilantro and squeeze of lemon juice and serve.
What If I want a Tom Kha Soup?
Sure. Follow the exact same recipe as above. Just add coconut milk as well while adding the broth. About 1/2 cup of coconut milk to 1 Tbsp of sauce is a good ratio for me, but play around and see what you fancy. There is not a wrong way to do this.
Here are many variations of the Tom Yum and Tom Kha soups. There may be more, of course I am not the food photographer types so I have no more pictures.
But why can not I make this from scratch?
Making paste like this would entail scouring various Asian supermarkets for ingredients – lemongrass, kefir lime leaves, galangal and then laboriously blending or grinding these ingredients. Oh and don’t even get me started about the process of cutting lemongrass even if you are able to find it. The sauce and the coconut milk saved me all that time and effort without compromising on flavor And Ingredient list for this sauce is pretty good, no MSG, No unpronounceable ingredients. Which is an added bonus!!
Have you tried some of my other simple recipes from here, like this Schezwan Tofu – Cooked in Airfryer in 10 minutes Recipe? If you buy Tofu to add to this soup, you may have plenty of leftover to make this for sure. And this Bok Choy Recipe with Garlic, Pepper, and Hoisin Sauce. is another one. Easy as Pie. Makes me wonder, why they say easy as pie. These recipes are easier than baking a whole pie. And They taste better and are great for your health! Pie is sure a special occasion food.
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