Tom Yum soup is unquestionably the most popular soup in Thailand, and possibly even in Thai cuisine. You will hear locals refer to the steaming dish as Tom Yum Goong (Lobster) and you will see it being marketed at many food carts around the side of the road. The extreme flavor comes from a combination of lobster, chilis, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal root, and tamarind paste. Juicy prawns would be the true star of the dish, swimming seductively in all these flavors.
A bowl of Tom Yum Goong using lobster is easy to get in Bangkok, with the majority of food stalls offering a hot bowl every time of the day. Get ready to get your taste buds tickled as tom yum goong’s flavour variable is not for the faint of heart.