Tom Yum (Spicy Coconut Soup)

No Gluten
Kid Friendly
No Dairy
Title: Tom Yum (Spicy Coconut Soup)
Author: Britney Shawley
Recipe type: Dinner
Prep time: 15 minute
Cook time: 20 minutes 
Total time: 35 minutes
Serves: 4 people 
When we stayed in California we lived with a beautiful family with 6 kids, for 6 months. It was one of the most beautiful and enlightening experiences of my life. I also grew tremendously in my cooking, as I would cook every day with the Mama of the home, food for the family. One evening her older daughter came to visit and she wanted to make us a meal. She make Tom Kha Gai!! Oh my goodness me, I feel in love with this soup. We all know Thai food is out of this world, but seriously my friends, there is something so soothing and delicious and flavorful about this dish. I highly recommend it.


3 garlic cloves, grated
1 green onion, diced
1 tbsp sesame oil (more for serving)
1 tbsp ginger, grated
1/2 lime, juice (more for serving)
4-6 button mushrooms, sliced
1 orange pepper, sliced thin
1 carrot, sliced
1/2 zucchini, sliced into halfs
1/2 tsp hot sauce of choice (I love Marie‘s) – more for serving
1 stalk lemon grass (optional, if not using, use 1 cube of vegetable broth)
1 tsp sea salt (Herbemere)
1/2 tsp pepper
2-3 cups water
1 can coconut milk (full fat)
1 cup Almond Milk

1 tbsp soya sauce (like this)
3 oz (about 1/4 of a pack) of vermicelli rice noodles

parsley or cilantro
lime or lemon
sesame seeds


  1. Bring the coconut milk, almond milk, water, soya sauce, lime to boil
  2. Add grated garlic, ginger, hot sauce, lemongrass, salt, pepper (or broth cube)
  3. Let cook together for 1 minute
  4. Add sliced peppers, carrot and mushrooms. Let cook on low about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove lemongrass (if using) add vermicelli noodles until just tender. About 3-5 minutes.
  6. Add in sesame oil.
  7. Add to bowls, drizzle with lemon, cilantro, hot sauce if you want and love.
  8. Serve immediately.

Saving Money:

This is a very budget friendly meal! 

Quick Tips & Tools:

1 large soup pot. 1 knife.

This soup is also delicious cold. Goes great in lunches.

You can also use Ramen noodles.

I served this alongside Turkey burgers (without the bun).

Saving Time:

This meal takes maximum 15 minutes. Its guaranteed to be there for you on any busy work night.

Your Meal Affirmation:

I am loved beyond measure. I am appreciated. I am enough

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