Wickedfood Cooking School teaches students how to make this soup in our Thai cooking class. This delicious recipe was inspired by one we saw being made at Thai House Cooking School in Bangkok. According to Pip, of Thai House Cooking School, a good tom yum soup (Sour and spicy prawn soup) should be made and served immediately.

1 litre water
2 lemongrass stems, cut into 5cm pieces
5 slices galangal
3 shallots, sliced
4 kaffir lime leaves, torn into pieces
300g prawns, shelled and deveined
200g mushrooms, cleaned and halved
3-4 chillies, just broken with a pestle
4T lime juice
4T fish sauce
2 coriander plants, chopped coarsely (with the roots and stems)

  1. Bring the water to the boil.
  2. Add the lemongrass, galangal, shallots and kaffir lime leaves and simmer for 4 minutes.
  3. Add the prawns, mushrooms and chillies and return to the boil.
  4. Add the lime juice and fish sauce, taste and adjust the seasoning.
  5. Add the chopped coriander and serve immediately.

Serves 4

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For other articles on South East Asia see:

A Taste of Thailand

Floating markets in Bangkok

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The ABCs of Singapore food

Singapore hawker food centres

Vietnamese cuisine

Cooking schools in South East Asia

Thai House cooking school Bangkok • Thailand

Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School Thailand

Red Bridge Cooking SchoolHoi An • Vietnam

Books reviewed by Wickedfood on Asian food:

Secrets of the Red Lantern

Kylie Kwong: Recipes and Stories

A Passion for Thai Cooking

Balance & Harmony, Asian Food


Wickedfood Cooking School

Wickedfood Cooking School runs cooking classes throughout the year at its purpose-built cooking studios. Classes are run in the mornings and evenings 7 days a week (subject to a minimum of 12 people). The venue is also popular for corporate events and private functions – team building cooking classes, birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference.

Our cookery classes are hands-on, where every person gets to participate in the preparation of the dishes. They are also a lot of fun where you not only learn new skills, but get to meet people with similar interests. For corporate groups and teambuilding cooking classes these classes are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients.