Restorative Tom Yum Soup with Chicken Broth

Serves: 4–6 • Time: 10 minutes

A quintessential Thai dish, tom yum soup is known for it’s medicinal and restorative properties (some say it’s a close rival to chicken noodle!). Here, Chef Jet Tila adds shrimp to the basic recipe included in Lumlum’s Tom Yum Soup Set, making it a more filling soup worthy of serving as a main. Tila prefers serving the dish with the whole spices, but feel free to strain them out if the pieces are too big or their flavors are too strong.

Tom Yum Soup
© Sultanali Barodawala


  • 2 qts. chicken broth
  • One 15 oz. can straw mushrooms, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Lumlum Tom Yum Soup Set
  • 6 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 6 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 3 Tbsp. chili paste in soybean oil (see Note)
  • Cilantro sprigs, for garnish


1. Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a large pot over moderate heat. Reduce to a simmer. Add the mushrooms, shrimp, and Tom Yum Soup Set and cook until the shrimp turns pink, about 1 minute.

2. Remove the soup from the heat and stir in the fish sauce, lime juice, and chile paste. To serve, distribute into 4 to 6 serving bowls and garnish with cilantro.

Note: You can find chili paste in soybean oil online or at Asian grocery stores.

  • Stacey1966

    Never having had Thai food at all the soup was tough, too spicy and the whole dried ingredients were too tough to chew and seems as thought these needed to be strained out, but overall this Thai box has likely been one of the best put together boxes we have had and enjoyed. Very nicely done with a full meal selection, including variations and additional recipes was the best we have seen. I simply can not tolerate anything spicy so have been afraid to try Thai food at all, but skipping the paste, everything as a great learning experience and a lovely box. Bravo!

    • Try The World

      Thanks for the feedback Stacey!

  • Nicola P

    This was my first box and I absolutely love it! The recipes all look great but would love to get nutritional info for them. I tend to log my meals and logging these have been a bit difficult. Any chance for this is the future?

    • Try The World

      Hey Nicola! Thanks for the feedback we will definitely working on that for future recipes.

  • Gina Jones

    I am making this soup as we speak, Unfortunately, my husband, in dire need of fire starter burned the instructions in his zeal, which has brought me here!

    As far as the ingredients go, they all seem to be quality, but I definitely separated the galangal, as it was very woody. The flavor is good, but it doesn’t stand up to the restaurant Tom Yum soup I have had in the past, probably because I don’t have any fish sauce.

    You’re probably thinking, “why don’t you just go out and buy some?!?!” Well, because I can’t, there are no stores where I live and there are no next day Amazon deliveries for me, especially in bad weather, our mail comes in on a float plane, so I must improvise my try the world boxes to the best of my abilities. If there was any complaint at all I have about the boxes, it’s that they can be incomplete. It would be nice to see something like a small single serving pack of fish sauce, in the boxes to complete recipes.

    I got these boxes because I am so rural, it’s nice to have something different than fish or elk and rice for dinner, and these boxes haven’t let me down since the Japan box, which was promptly remedied by the diligent customer satisfaction representative.

    This has been a weird review, but I want to let you guys know that I am a satisfied customer and I looooved my Thai box!!! Especially those little coconut roll-ups…I didnt even wait for tea with those things, I nommed most of em in the first sitting, I couldnt stop!

    • Try The World

      Hey Gina, thank you so much for the feedback. We understand that not everything mentioned in a recipe may be available to you and we will use this feedback for future recipe development.

      Glad your husband enjoyed it and we are glad to have you as a part of the community, Gina! If you ever need some help, feel free to email us at so we can see if we can figure out alternatives for recipes. But it sounds like you did an awesome job anyway!

      • Gina Jones

        Even something like an E-mail suggesting “recipe must haves for the upcoming box” or something like that would be nice. I love the surprise of opening up a new box and discovering new things, but this would help, I could order necessary things before the box arrives so I don’t have to tortuously wait for the necessary ingredients to get here. (and it would help promote store items.)

        You guys have always been prompt and helpful with every one of my concerns and reviews, thank you. Try the World is a great company!

        • Try The World

          You got it Gina. We will keep this in mind!

    • pyrewoman

      That was a wonderful review! I don’t have fish sauce either, and I’m a total wimp around spice. I will be making my soup this weekend for sure instead of allowing it to languish in my soup cabinet for an emergency. 🙂

      (I also definitely ate all the coconut rolls immediately. I have no self control)

  • Karla Von Huben

    I may be the lone voice of dissent here, but I’m finding this box particularly difficult to use because of a lack of complete recipes/instructions. My soup ingredients appear to include hot chilis, dried mushrooms, something leafy and green, and something woody and brownish-yellow. I have no clue what’s what, since the labels are for things like “lemonade,” which seems unlikely. I’d suggest you tuck in complete recipes with the boxes, rather than having us hunt around the website where we can’t find them anyway. I assume the ingredients are delicious but I have no way of knowing as yet.

    • Try The World

      Hey Karla, thanks for the feedback. We did hear that many people did have trouble with this recipe. We hoped the recipe was clear enough on the kit, but it clearly wasn’t. Check out this video with Jet cooking his recipe. Hope it helps!

  • Linda Moore

    I got my Thai box and prepared the Tom Yum soup. Was very disappointed. With all the woody ingredients it was inedible. No where in recipe did it state to strain. All we could do was sip the broth. Waste of ingredients.

    • Try The World

      Hey Linda, sorry to hear that. We’d love to make it better, email us at and we can help out.

  • KO

    Nice idea, poor execution. The instructions on the package are inaccurate and incomplete. The ingredients in the package are all inedible – they are meant to flavor the broth and that is it – even if you boiled them for 45 minutes they would still be inedible. I read many reviews and improvised and the soup turned out good. I boiled the soup set for about 15 min in chicken broth, strained everything out, then added a few veggies I had (mushroom, cauliflower, asparagus) until desired consistency, added shrimp for one minute, and then added the fish sauce, chili paste, and lime juice per serving.

  • PA English

    Having cooked Indian food, I knew that lemon grass, curry leaves, etc, are not edible and only add flavor. Recipe on the box should have said so. So I brought 3c chicken broth to a boil and added all the ingredients and let sit for 10 min. I then strained the stuff out. Meanwhile I soaked 2 oz dried porcini. When ready, I strained the mushroom liquid into the broth. I then added the chopped mushrooms, 1 c. Raw shrimp, and 1 c leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. I brought to a boil and added 1 t of red chili paste, and 1 c coconut milk. I let it sit for 1/2 hour. I then added juice from 3 limes (actually, 3 truelime packages.) I served the meat/mushrooms with 1/2 the broth. Quite tasty!