Hot and Sour Soup

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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6 1/2 cups chicken stock

1 heaping tablespoon tom yam hot and sour paste

4 kaffir lime leaves, finely chopped, optional

1 stalk lemongrass, bottom, inner part only, roughly chopped

1 lime, juiced

4 tablespoons fish sauce (nam pla)

2 to 3 small jalapenos or fresh red or green chiles, finely chopped

1 teaspoon sugar

1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons, straw or button mushrooms, halved or quartered

1 pound (2 ounces) peeled, raw shrimp

Five 1-inch pieces small scallions, sliced thin

1 bunch cilantro, leaves chopped


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat chicken stock, tom yam paste, lime leaves, lemon grass, lime juice, fish sauce, chiles, and sugar. Once it has come to a boil, add mushrooms and simmer for 2 minutes. Add shrimp and scallions and cook for 2 to 3 minutes allowing the shrimp to cook but still be tender. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve immediately. Place extra cilantro on the table for people to add more.
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