Temple of Thai

Thai Cooking Newsletter

Recipes & Fruit Carving

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In the Thai Kitchen Featured Items
Vegetarian Tom Yum Goong Soup Tom Yum Soup Set
Vegetable Carving - Carrot Carnation Asian Fruit Knife

Tom Yum SoupVegetarian Tom Yum "Shrimp" Soup

This recipe for the famous Vegetarian Tom Yum Soup, from Thai Vegetarian Cooking, solves the tricky problem of achieving a delicious 'umami' taste while still being vegetarian. See our site for more details about Tom Yum Soup and this recipe. It does not contain real shrimp but a 100% vegetarian alternative.



  1. In a pot, bring water to a boil over medium heat. Add galangal, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and pickled garlic. Bring to a boil again and add the straw mushrooms, cook until just done. Season with roasted chili paste, light soy sauce, salt, sugar and lime juice. Stir to combine. Add vegetarian prawns (if using) and cook for a further 3 minutes until done. Add coconut milk and cook until boiling. Add hot chilies and coriander, turn off the heat.
  2. Ladle into a serving bowl and garnish with kaffir lime leaves, coriander leaves, lemongrass and hot chilies. Serve hot. (Serves 4)

Vegetarian Thai CookbookCOOK'S NOTES: *See our site for a Vegetarian Roasted Chili Paste Recipe. If Vegetarian Prawns are unavailable, simply add more straw mushrooms. Follow the links above to purchase the authentic Thai ingredients.

Recipe Source: Thai Vegetarian Cookbook © 2008 Sangdad, pp.54-55, available for sale in our online Thai Cookbook Store.

Tom Yum Soup Set

Add our fresh Tom Yum Soup Set to your cart to quickly make the most authentic and delicious Tom Yum Soup this side of the Pacific! You'll receive fresh Thai Chilies, lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves all grown in the USA.

Carrot Carnation Flower Vegetable Carving

Carved Carrot Flower

Carrot flower 1 Carrot flower 2 Carrot flower 3

Please visit our site for the complete step-by-step vegetable carving directions for this Carrot Flower. Source: The Art of Vegetable Garnish © 2003 Panida Chobvanicha Press.

Shop now for fruit carving books, DVD's, knives and tools in our online store!

Asian Fruit Knife, Kom Kom

This Kom-Kom brand Asian Fruit Knife is a resilient stainless steel knife especially designed for cutting fruits and other foods in hand. Its an essential item for any productive kitchen and a favorite amongst Thai fruit carvers. We recommend it for creating our featured vegetable carving, the Carrot Carnation.

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