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Hot & Sour Prawn Soup a.k.a Tom yum khoong


  • 2 peeled and seeded Tomatoes

  • chestnut or nameko Mushroom

  • 12 Vietnamese mint leaves

  • 2 shredded Kaffir Lime leaves

  • 1 large finely sliced Red chilli

  • 12 green King Prawns

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 Stalk sliced Lemongrass

  • 2 red birds eye chilli's

  • 1 kaffir lime zest only - normal lime ok if can’t get fresh kaffir lime

  • 2 teaspoons minced galangal ginger ok if can’t get galangal

  • 2 teaspoons minced Ginger

  • 5 finely chopped Garlic Cloves

  • 3 sliced red shallots

  • 2 chopped Coriander roots

  • 1 tablespoon chopped spearmint leaf

  • 2 L fish stock

  • 75 ml Fish sauce

  • 85 ml strained Lime juice


  • 1.

    Pound the garlic, shallots, coriander roots, mint leaves, ginger, galangal, lemon grass, chillies and kaffir lime leaves.

  • 2.

    Remove the shells & heads from the prawns, then the intestinal tracts.

  • 3.

    Butterfly prawns open and set aside

  • 4.

    Heat oil in a wide saucepan and fry prawn heads and shells over moderate heat until they are pinkish in colour, remove from the pan.

  • 5.

    In the same pan, fry aromatics and herbs until fragrant and just beginning to colour.

  • 6.

    Return prawn heads and shells to the pan and stir to incorporate.

  • 7.

    Add stock and bring to the simmer over gentle heat then cook for 45 minutes

  • 8.

    Strain through a fine meshed sieve, getting rid of the solids

  • 9.

    Return soup to rinsed out pan, stir in the fish sauce and lime juice whilst the soup is very hot, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

  • 10.

    Simmer prawns & mushrooms in soup for 2 minutes and transfer soup and prawns to hot serving bowls

  • 11.

    Add tomato slices, Vietnamese mint leaves, lime leaves and chilli.

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Posted by LeschelleReport
This apparently was delicious, i cant eat it but i made for hubby who loved it. Took alot longer than i would have liked. Was able to source most ingredients ok. Recipe not clear about which chillies to use where so i put both in the mortar but realised later i should have kept the large one. Still, it was a success.
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Posted by Pam67Report
A great recipe, but too many unobtainable ingredients.
Posted by Brandy4Report
Coles has most of these ingredients in the fresh food section. I didnt use the correct mint, but used generic mint from my garden.I also used button mushrooms quatered. I heard that the secrect ingredient is Tomato Ketchup, gradually added, tasting until you get the desired flavour. My husband and I have tried many recipes for Tom Yum, this is by far the best.