Tom yum gai - Sour and spicy soup with chicken

Cooking time: 10 min. / 10 min.Difficulty: easy


Tom yum means sour and spicy. So if you do not know this soup, you probably already got the hint what to expect. The soup is not just a little bit sour and spicy. At least not if you get it in Thailand. Where they definitely are not moderate when using chilies and all various ingredients bringing sourness into the soup. This traditional Thai soup is amazing and very refreshing.


Bring meat broth in a pot to a boil. 

Add galangal, kaffir lime leaves, chicken meat, chilies and lemon grass, pounded a bit with the back of the knife to release the aroma.

Cook 3-4 minutes. Lower the heat and add tomatoes and lime juice.

In about 1 minute remove from fire, add cilantro, Thai basil and lemon zest. Stir and serve.

If you like it more salty and sour, add fish sauce and more lime juice.


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Tom yum gai - Sour and spicy soup with chicken

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For 4 portions:

  • 4 chicken breasts sliced
  • 4 tomatoes cut on eights
  • 4 cups of a meat broth
  • 2 cm galangal sliced (or ginger)
  • 1-2 pc lemon grass cut o 4 cm pieces
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves
  • 4 red chilies halved
  • juice from 3 limes
  • handful fresh thai basil
  • handful fresh cilantro
  • dried lemon zest from 1/2 of a lemon (optional)
  • fish sauce

Side dish:

  • rice (or no side dish)
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