Now that I’ve shared a soup that the boyfriend isn’t a huge fan of, let me share one of his favorites — Tom Yum Goong. In fact, this soup is so well loved by Thais and non-Thais alike that I think it just might qualify as everyone’s favorite Thai soup!
Like many other Thai dishes, the flavors in this soup are complex. It starts with a shrimp-based broth that’s infused with lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves and then builds from there with heat from Thai chilis, sourness from lime juice, and a fresh pop of cilantro. Straw mushrooms and whole shrimp add substance to the broth and before you know it, you have an incredibly flavorful and completely delicious bowl of soup in front of you.
Really, the way all of these disparate flavors come together so well never ceases to amaze me…
Fortunately it’s really not hard to make this soup, even with all of these complex flavors. Rather than time or effort, the key to making tom yum goong (and really, most Thai dishes) well is having the right proportions of the ingredients. This is something that I can guide you with in the recipe below, but you also have to rely on your tastebuds for, since not all limes have the same sourness, not all fish sauces have the same saltiness, and not all people like the same amount of spice… But I can tell you that once I had my proportions down, tom yum goong quickly became one of my favorite Thai soups as well!
And because I love sharing our favorites with you in video form, here’s a little demonstration of how I make my tom yum goong. I hope it soon becomes your favorite Thai soup too!