Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Thai Soup)

Bangkok Travel Guides / August 17, 2016
Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Thai Soup) Image credit: sevendeman

Tom yum goong is one of Thailand’s popular soup dishes, well-loved for its sour-spicy broth and curative properties.

The intense flavor comes from a mixture of chilis, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal root, and tamarind paste. Plump, juicy prawns are the real star of this dish, swimming seductively in all these wonderful flavors.

A bowl of tom yum goong is easy to get in Bangkok, with most food stalls offering a warm bowl any time of the day. Prepare to get your taste buds tickled as the spice factor of tom yum goong is not for the faint of heart.

Here are the best places to have tom yum goong in Bangkok:

  • P’AOR | Petchaburi
    For a big, steaming bowl of seafood tom yum goong
    What to order: Lobster tom yum, Crab sauce rice, Shrimp popia
    Price range: 50 to 699 baht ($1.44 to $20.17)
    When: 10:00 – 22:00 (Daily except Monday)
    Where: 68/51 Soi Petchaburi 5, Petchaburi Road, Bangkok
  • T&K SEAFOOD | Yaowarat
    For succulent, freshly caught seafood
    What to order: Tom yum goong, Sizzling oyster omelette, Prawns marinated in fish sauce
    Price range: 150 to 600 baht ($4.33 to $17.31)
    When: 16:30 – 02:00
    Where: 49-51 Soi Phadung Dao, Yaowarat Road, Bangkok
  • MIT KO YUAN | Phra Nakhon
    For rich and creamy tom yum goong
    What to order: Tom yum goong, Hoy lawd pad cha, Yawd mara
    Price range: 50 baht to 100 baht ($1.44 to $2.88)
    When: 11:00 – 14:00, 16:00 – 22:00 (Daily)
    Where: 186 Thanon Dinso, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
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