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Cooking Thai Food-Shrimp Thai Soup

Updated on February 26, 2013

The Taste of Thai

It was in California that I became entranced with the food of Thailand. My earlier experience with eating food from Asian countries was dining in Chinese restaurants. While they are both popular and plentiful in Michigan, where I grew up, they fall short of the flavors that I later experienced with eating Thai food.

Anyone who has travelled through our 31st state knows of the diverse cultural conglomeration. Seemingly countless ethnic restaurants abound in the Berkeley area alone. From Mexican to Spanish, to Indian and Asian walk down any street and wafts of delicacies will tickle your olfactory senses.

My love for Thai was peaked with the wonderful blend of flavors and textures in Thai dishes; along with the exquisite service. It was a match made in heaven for me, and I enjoyed dining in Thai restaurants as a special treat that never disappointed.

Why I like Thai

The reasons I enjoy eating in Thai restaurants are threefold: the food, the service, and the ambience. If you have not had the pleasure of dining in a Thai restaurant let me offer you an invitation to do so because in my opinion all Asian restaurants are not the same.

Thai food is a blend of flavors that entice and seduce the palate. There is a definite spicy element, but not hot like in some Indian or Mexican dishes where all you experience is the heat. Instead, the heat is offset by a sweetness that confuses the tongue, moving it from a position of alarm to one of delight.

What struck me during my initial, and hence thereafter, Thai dining experience was the congeniality of the wait staff. Going above and beyond in service, it was not with a hovering subservience; rather it was more a feeling of attentiveness-nothing was a bother, no request was a problem or difficulty. One young waiter, in a restaurant down the hill from where I lived, would merely nod slightly to anything I would ask and say, “of course.” As simple as that-which brings me to the overall ambience.

If you have the right ingredients, not merely added to the food you prepare, but with the cordial service, soft music, and simple, but appropriate cultural décor, it sets the ambience. The ambience I felt was one of peaceful serenity-a wonderful way to enjoy and digest the food one has eaten.

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My Thai Food Adventure

I couldn’t tell you the name of the first Thai restaurant I visited, but when it came to eating out, Thai food became my favorite choice. Years after moving out of California I still rave about the wonderful food. So much so that my daughter, Christa gave me a wonderful Thai cookbook as a Christmas present one year.

A few weeks ago I had some left over flounder and cooked shrimp. Wanting to make soup I ventured off to try my hand at devising a soup recipe to use these main ingredients. While I had intended on making a vegetable soup that is not how it ended up. Instead, I was thoroughly delighted with the results, turning my vegetable soup into a delicious ‘Shrimp Thai Soup.’

Here is the recipe:

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 4 servings

Thai Spices and Ingredients

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Blend a variety of spicesI use a prepackaged red curry pasteAdd bite sized piecesShrimp, fish, and vegetables make this recipe delectable.
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Shrimp, fish, and vegetables make this recipe delectable.
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Cook's Notes:

I use low sodium canned organic broth.

Fresh seasonings work best, of course.

Add more curry paste for more heat.

Vegetarians: use a second can of vegetable broth instead of chicken.

Thai Spices and Ingredients

  • 2 C chicken broth
  • 2 C vegetable broth
  • 1 can or bottle clam juice with clams
  • 1 C chopped veggies, mushrooms, carrots, peas
  • 1/4 C onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger, grated
  • 3/4 tsp red curry paste
  • 1/4 C lime juice
  • 2 T cilantro


  1. Place broth in 4 qt saucepan
  2. Chop onions and add to broth
  3. Chop all remaining vegetables in bite size pieces and add to broth
  4. Add clam juice and clams to broth
  5. Bring all ingredients to a boil and then decrease to simmer for 5 minutes
  6. Add Shrimp and flounder
  7. Add lime juice and cilantro and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  8. Serve with French or Italian bread, a salad or a bowl of Jasmine rice. Makes enough for 4 people.


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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Linda-thanks for your comments. Yes, this is a simple recipe and delicious. I agree--YUMMY is a good word to describe the flavors.

      Hi Dana-oh my gosh-thanks for coming round again. Glad to hear you may give this one a try. Noodles are a good addition too.

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Came Back for another read......

      i really like the way you introduce this recipe by talking about thai food in general. i love thai food but it is difficult for me ot eat it out or buy it prepared (food sensitivites)

      I think i will throw in some rice noodles too. i love noodle soup :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Your meal looks delicious and recipe seems easy to do. Thai food is yummy. I have a restaurant within walking distance of our home. Yet we drive and feast :)

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow! It's always been Chicken soup for our family...hmm, I'll have to rethink that one, haha. Thanks for your feedback, DanaTeresa. I hope you enjoy the soup.

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      I always love getting Thai soup when I go out. and when I am sick and want to have soup its never chicken soup that I crave, it's always Thai!.... I am excited now to try making some at home! Thanks!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Jools-thanks for the feedback on the hub photos, :) Now, go eat, haha.

      Docmo-lucky you-visiting Thailand is on my bucket list. Thanks for the feedback and votes. It really is a delicious dish and I surprised myself with the results. Ask Cara...I was no cook when the girls were growing up! haha. Thanks for commenting. I'm thinking of converting this recipe over to the capsule style hub...obviously, it was written before they added that. :)

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Oh Denise. I spent a week in Thailand earlier this year and absolutely fell in love with Thai cuisine. Its fresh, healthy and full of wonderful flavors. As you say the Thai are so hospitable and friendly it reminded me of my own home in South India. this recipe is a must try for me - I recently made some Tom yum Goong with similar flavors. I love your recipe. voted up and across!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      I love Thai food and this soup looks delicious. Great photos too, they really illustrate your recipe well - made me feel hungry.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow! That's great Justin! I'm pleased that you went ahead to fix it. Tell me if you tasted the mixture of the flavor of lime and curry? I'm not sure what rooster sauce is, LOL.

      Flounder is easy to cook - I sprinkle a bit of lemon juice on it and bake it for 20-30 min at 350 degrees until it is flaky; it depends on the thickness of the fish. Then, I just add it to the soup pot at the last minute just to heat it up.

      I'm curious-did you add the salmon to the soup or serve it on the side?

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Denise, I made it! served with salmon and angel hair pasta. I didn't use red curry (forgot to buy it) use yellow instead and I didn't use flounder because i cooked it and it disintegrated. Any tips on cooking flounder? It was good. I doctored it with a little rooster sauce.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Justin-good for you...just let me know the results, ok?

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      oh no, denise. I do all the cooking. I'm buying the ingredients for this tonight

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Oh goodie, Justin! After three visits you are FINALLY going to make this (or have your wife make it???). I'm so happy because I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

      I was just getting ready to post another 'Thai' flavored food using Tilapia...

      Thanks for visiting.

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      alright, next time you here from me, I'll have a review!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Oh, gosh, PDX-and here I thought I was going to read your tale of how you cooked up a batch for yourself and your honey! LOL Come on, guy...I know you can do it!

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      u can freeze it. I'm not too picky about soup...

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      PDX-You're funny! Best that you make that soup yourself so you have a FRESH batch, LOL

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      sweet. send some over...

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting, PDX-I had forgotten about this recipe until just now. It's gotten very cold here in NC and I think I will make a batch. YUM!

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Looks super duper tasty

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Lucky you! If I had my way my children, grandkids and I would all be living on the West coast in the same area together. Since they won't move I'm over on the East coast. LOL I hope you let me know if you do make the soup and what you think of it. :) Thanks for reading/commenting.

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Denise, This soup sounds wonderful! I know what you mean about California, that is where I am from and its a joy to experience the cultural diversity especially with food sometimes! Can't wait to try this. :) We will have to visit a Thai restaurant again soon, thanks for the encouragement to do so. Thanks for sharing.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi cnatrianinginfo-nice to meet you. I hope you enjoy it. Let me know how it turns out for you.

      Hi Carol-thanks for your comment. Yes-it is delicious! Full of wonderful flavors.

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      Carolyn Sands 6 years ago from Hollywood Florida

      Looks yummy! And it is low calorie...just what I need.

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      cnatraininginfo 6 years ago from California

      I'm going to try making this tomorrow cause it sounds really good. Thai food is the best I have a book with some really good recipes too.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Vicki for stopping by to read and comment-now go cook and eat, LOL Let me know if you do make a batch and if you liked it.

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      Vicki99 6 years ago from Meridian Idaho

      I too love Thai food. I will have to give this one a try.

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hey Lone77star-I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and want to give it a try. I also enjoy the flavor of lemongrass. Thanks for reading.

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      Rod Martin Jr 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I know I'm a little slow, but are there any leftovers? I saw the notice when you posted the hub, but had other pressing matters.

      Love Thai food. Tom yum goong (shrimp) and tom yum gai (chicken) are two of my favorite soups. I especially like the lemon grass flavoring and the mushrooms. Sometimes I take the soup without any meat.

      But yours sounds like another must-try.

      Thanks, Denise!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Delmer47-LOL You are funny! I am laughing b/c I am the same way, haha which is why I ended up gaining weight. Not a bad thing, actually-since my new goal is to lose the weight I have a lot of new Hub material to work with!

      Karry C-I hope you do try the recipe-let me know how it turns out for you. I may just make another batch this w/e since we are getting a cold spell.

      Hi Lady Rain-thanks for your comments. I'm sure you'll enjoy it if uou like Thai.

      Gail-I hardly cooked well when I was a new wife/mother. My kids will attest to that! My idea of cooking was opening up a can of Campbells soup and adding it to something,sad but true. I'm proud that I have come a long way since those days and really enjoy preparing food in this way. Thanks for your comments.

      Hey Danette-I didn't realize you didn't care for Thai. I hope you do try it again. I don't care for the spicy stuff-I like flavors I can enjoy and not drink something to cool my tongue.

      Hi Cloverleaf-Thanks! It is very delicious. You are missed on the challenge page.

      b.malin-I didn't consider that it would be a good 'entertainment' soup-thanks, LOL Enjoy the soup.

      Marie-it is so good to see you. Thanks for stopping in, busy lady! I did get your email, thank you.

      Hi Ruby-you're welcome...I hope you give it a whirl.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Sounds and looks delicious. Thank's for the tecipe.....

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      VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Today I took a break from our business and went out to the mall, and had a delicious Thai lunch. I had sweet and sour chicken with jasmine rice, and soup. It felt so good to enjoy ethnic food!:) My older nephew lives and teaches in Thailand and is married to a beautiful Thai woman. He loves the culture and cuisine.

      Thanks for the yummy recipe!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Hi Denise. This Thai Soup Recipe does sound delicious. I like Thai food and its light texture...and this seems like a soup easy enough to make...and make a good Impression with!

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      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Denise, this looks delicious! I love any kind of thai soup so I think I will have to try this one out. I'll bookmark it for future reference. I apologize I haven't been in the challenge forum recently but I hope your latest 30 day challenge is going great! Hopefully I will catch up soon. Take care :-)

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Years ago, when I went to visit Quincy on his WestPac, we palled around with another couple. We were in Thailand and on a river cruise. Garrett ordered his food hot and boasted he could handle it. He took one bite and his eyes immediately began to water and his face turned red! It was rather funny.

      I'll have to try Thai again because my memory of that trip was that I didn't care much for it. Maybe my tastes have changed over the years.

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Sounds delicious. I love your adventurous creativity. My husband cooks like that whereas I'm the type to follow recipes without any deviation. It's always far more delightful and fun when an "experiment" turns out to be delicious. The only time hubby's culinary adventure turned into a disaster was the time he marinated some otherwise wonderful steaks in beer. We were newly married, steaks were a rare treat and those he cooked made them completely inedible. We still laugh about it now, but I'm afraid I wasn't very pleasant at the time it happened (and that, I'm ashamed to say, is an understatement).

      Thanks for sharing this recipe and also for the explanation about what makes Thai food unique.

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      lady rain 6 years ago from Australia

      I love soup and this Shrimp Thai soup looks really delicious with all that ingredients in it. Will try that out, thanks!

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      Karry Campbell 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I just love Thai food, so I really enjoyed reading this. Can't wait to try your recipe out this weekend. Thanks!

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      delmer47 6 years ago from Nebraska

      LOL When it comes to food I'm lightening fast Denise!!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow! Are you ever quick! I just posted this. LOL Let me know if you do make it what you was my own concoction. :) Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      delmer47 6 years ago from Nebraska

      Ummmm...yeah I have to make that :-)


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