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Thai Shrimp Soup - Tum Yum Goong

Updated on February 19, 2015

Yummy Thai Recipes for Vegetarians

Originally this is Tum Yum Goong or Thai Shrimp Soup recipe which I modified to make it a vegetarian dish. It is all up to you to add Shrimp, Chicken or add more veggies.

Thai food is famous all around the world. Originally, Thai-cooking ingredients were seafood, plant and herbs. Traditionally Thai cooking methods were baking, stewing & grilling. Frying, stir-frying and deep-frying were introduced by Chinese food influences.

Rice is staple food in Thailand & only sweet-smelling Thai jasmine rice is used in Thai cuisine. Majority of Thai dishes use lots of Thai chilies, lime juice and lemon grass & other herbs. Several kinds of Curries, green, yellow, red, also stir-fry’s & deep-fry’s. Curries are served with rice or over the rice.

I am answering this request made by “countrywomen” for Thai recipes for vegetarians. I hope you will like the recipes.

Original request from “countrywomen” was for 5 recipes I will add more as soon as I have some time.

Please enjoy these Thai food recipes recipes until I add more. Feel free to ask questions & if you don’t have any questions please leave your precious comments.

My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.

Thai Tom Yum Veggies

This recipe is originally “ Tum Yum Goong” Thai Shrimp Soup very famous dish. I modified it’s ingredients to make it pure vegetarian recipe because one of the ingredients is fish sauce.

Ingredients for

32 Oz or 500ml water

2 Cut the lemon grass into 3-inch pieces & pound it with hammer to bruise it to release the fragrance

4 Pieces of kaffir lime leaves

1 lbs or 500g white button mushrooms (slice it in small pieces)

4 Thai Green chilies chopped

½ tsp salt or add more according to your own taste

2 large limes (squeeze their juice)

Few cilantro leaves chopped

Preparation for Thai Tom Yum

Boil water in a Wok or a pot Add lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, sliced mushrooms and Thai chilies, add squeezed lime juice. Remove lemon grass stalks and kaffir lime leaves. Sprinkle few cilantro leaves & serve it hot. Please add any other veggies like, Carrots, Peas or whatever you like.

Tom Yum Goong - Sour shrimp soup

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Thai shrimp soup receips
Thai shrimp soup receips


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  • stricktlydating profile image


    6 years ago from Australia

    Sounds great!

  • Mr Nice profile imageAUTHOR

    Mr Nice 

    9 years ago from North America

    Welcome ggerner,

    Tom yum & many other Thai dishes are very delicious. Last time I had Tom yum few months ago, may be it's time again.

    Thanks for your wonderful comments. Please come again. Enjoy rest of your weekend.

  • ggerner profile image


    9 years ago

    Your photos are making me hungry. Tom yum is delicious. It's been a while since I made it and think it may be time once again!

  • Mr Nice profile imageAUTHOR

    Mr Nice 

    9 years ago from North America

    Welcome Phil.S,

    Thanks for reading & commenting. You should try this recipe, I am sure you will love it. Please come again & visit my other hubs too. Enjoy rest of your day.

  • Phil.S profile image


    9 years ago

    Have book marked this recipe - I've made hot 'n' sour thai soup which was great, so will give this a try, thank you.

  • Mr Nice profile imageAUTHOR

    Mr Nice 

    9 years ago from North America

    Welcome truster,

    This is one of my many Thai favorite dishes. I appreciate for your comments. Please come again. Enjoy rest of your day.

  • truster profile image


    9 years ago from A Bed of Roses

    This is my favorite soup

  • Mr Nice profile imageAUTHOR

    Mr Nice 

    9 years ago from North America

    Welcome celine,

    Thai foods are so delicious, off course you enjoy the Thai food in Thailand. Nowadays in Thailand people use the instant ingredient too, may be in country side people still use the old style.

    Malaysian & Indonesian foods are delicious too, I like some of the dishes, Nasi goreng, Nasi lamak & I don't know the names of others.

    Instant curry pastes comes in all flavors now & they are very easy to use. No time to go to Bali, Indonesia.

    Sayonara Kunbangwa

  • celinewayne profile image


    9 years ago

    another great post,

    haha i love tom yum verrryyy muchhh,

    i can only cook it by using the instant ingredient, =)

    so i just put the vegetables and seafood, easy and delicious.

    but of course not as delicious as when i ate there

    i've never been to vietnam and korea, but i wish i can go there one day.

    why don't you you visit bali after thailand?

    bali is a great place.

    eat, love and pray was shot in bali

    sayonara kumbangwa

  • Mr Nice profile imageAUTHOR

    Mr Nice 

    9 years ago from North America

    Kumustaka pretty,

    Are you day dreaming....hahaha. You must be joking, I can only fry an egg that is why I was thinking to hire you as a cook. Who knows may be you eat canned food & don't know cooking.

    Well I am very spoiled & not easy to handle.......hahaha.

    I guess you need a Chinese man because Chinese men like to cook. Have a wonderful weekend. Salamat

  • prettydarkhorse profile image


    9 years ago from US

    the best Mr Nice, I am hungry now, hehe, Can I hire you as cook, you are expensive hehe, Maita

  • Mr Nice profile imageAUTHOR

    Mr Nice 

    10 years ago from North America

    Hi Lgali!

    Thanks for liking the recipes.

  • Lgali profile image


    10 years ago

    great recipes

  • Mr Nice profile imageAUTHOR

    Mr Nice 

    10 years ago from North America

    Hi Vietnamese!

    Thanks for your visit again. Nam-tok is ok but I like whole fried fish too.

  • vietnamese profile image


    10 years ago from USA


    Cool info. My favorite for Thai is the "nam-tok". Last time we went to the Thai restaurant in my neighborhood, my parents loved it. Well, they loved "nam-tok" that is! They only liked nam-tok and the deep-fried whole fish. They didn't like the other dishes they ordered since it was their first time there.

  • Mr Nice profile imageAUTHOR

    Mr Nice 

    10 years ago from North America

    Don't worry this time it will be soon. I will let you know because I will be making a new hub for popular dishes. What ever they cook in restaurant it's not real Thai food. Yes I love Thailand very much.

  • countrywomen profile image


    10 years ago from Washington, USA

    I am eagerly looking forward to padthai and hopefully also Thai iced tea. I guess I have to go to Thailand for authentic Thai food as even in US one of my friend who has been to Bangkok says they don't serve as authentic Thai food as they do in Bangkok. Glad to know that you have Thai connections to treat us all to authentic Thai recipes.

  • Mr Nice profile imageAUTHOR

    Mr Nice 

    10 years ago from North America

    Hi Countrywomen.

    Welcome back I tried to fix the recipe and in the process I have to reduce some ingredients. You can modify it according to your taste. I was going add Padthai recipe because it is one of the most popular dish.

    I will also add other popular dishes. I am thinking that may be I will make a separate hub for popular beverages too. Very soon keep watching.

  • countrywomen profile image


    10 years ago from Washington, USA

    Mr.Nice- Thanks for working on my request and providing these great recipes. One of my all time Thai favorites are Phad thai and Iced tea. I will bookmark this page and try these recipes soon. I have been away from hub pages and just got back hence I regret I couldn't respond earlier. Once again thanks and thumbs up for a great hub (hopefully many more to come). :-)

    Tatjana- Thanks for 10 Thumbs up for me (you really are such a wonderful friend I have met over here on hub pages) :-)

  • Mr Nice profile imageAUTHOR

    Mr Nice 

    10 years ago from North America


    Welcome to my hub. So what are you waiting for go ahead & try the recipes. I will be listing more recipes so please come back.

  • pricelessway profile image

    Lola Stoney 

    10 years ago from United Kingdom

    Well I love spices.

    Now I am tempted to try this. Well done Mr Nice!

  • Mr Nice profile imageAUTHOR

    Mr Nice 

    10 years ago from North America

    Hi Bkcreative,

    Well I don't need to say any thing about Thai food because you visited Bangkok, therefore you know there are lots of choices for food & shopping in Thailand.

    I visited Thailand several times most recently I was in Bangkok this summer for five weeks. I guess you are English teacher right because last time you told me you lived or visited Tokyo too.  Enjoy your "Tum Yum" today.

  • Mr Nice profile imageAUTHOR

    Mr Nice 

    10 years ago from North America

    Kako si Tatjana,

    You can try these recipes too if you are not afraid of spices. I can eat mild spices but few year's ago I can't eat spicy food. You can adjust the spices that’s not a problem. Thanks for the thumbs up.

    I visited your new hub about dating & clicked all the ads. Wow, it's great very well researched & well explained. I didn't make any comments because it's going to be very long comments & today I don't feel I can do that but I will return.

    Love, Light & every thing else above your expectations.......

  • BkCreative profile image


    10 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

    When I was in Bangkok I got to enjoy this delectable food!

    Thanks for the recipes - and a reminder that I must pick up some fresh lemongrass today!

  • Tatjana-Mihaela profile image


    10 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

    Well, well, vegetarian recipes... 10 thumbs up! 10 thumbs up for CW as well.

    Less pollution for the planet + better health + with veg/s way you stay forever young + save money!

    Love and light


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