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Vegan Tom Yum Soup (Tom Yam)

Here’s how you can easily make vegan tom yum soup at home! This delicious Thai soup recipe is bursting with flavors! Give it a try! 

I’m so happy I discovered the wonderful Thai cuisine! I had no idea what amazing flavors I was missing until I made the vegan pad thai and now this delicious vegan tom yum soup.

Tom Yum or Tom Yam is a traditional Thai recipe also known as hot and sour soup. It’s usually cooked with shrimps and the broth is made with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lime juice, fish sauce, and crushed chili peppers.

There are so many different types of tom yum recipes, some with clear broth, others with pork, coconut milk, seafood, etc. The most popular version remains tom yum with prawns (shrimps). Even though this is not a vegan recipe, it can be easily veganized. I used tofu and mushrooms to replace meat and the rest of the ingredients are pretty much the same as in the traditional recipe.

Before trying to make my own vegan version of tom yum soup, I searched the web for the best tom yum recipes and analyzed a bunch of them. Some recipes ask for so many peppers, 10 or more, while others lack some ingredients which I consider to be very important for the recipe to taste good. Finally, after some research, I made my own version of vegan tom yum recipe. It needs some special ingredients, but if you can’t find them I will give you some replacements below.

For example, the recipe asks for kaffir lime leaves. I couldn’t find these in the local Asian stores so I used bay leaves instead. It’s a pretty good replacement. Also, galangal is similar to ginger, so I used ginger instead. If you want to buy galangal and lime leaves, you can find them on Amazon (I put the links to the products.).

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Vegan Tom Yum Soup healthy recipe

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Vegan Tom Yum Soup (Tom Yam)

Vegan Tom Yum Soup

Here's how you can easily make vegan tom yum soup (hot and sour soup) at home! This delicious Thai soup recipe is bursting with flavors! Give it a try!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 750ml (3 cups) vegetable broth
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves - I didn't have these, so I used bay leaves instead
  • 3 slices unpeeled ginger - use galangal if you can, I couldn't find it here
  • 3 slices lemongrass, about 5cm (2-inch) long
  • 100g (1 cup) button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tsp vegan fish sauce , optional, I used this recipe to make it
  • 3 Thai chile peppers, crushed in a mortar and pestle, seeds removed
  • ⅓ can (150ml | 5 oz) coconut milk
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 150g (½ cup) tofu, cubed
  • chopped green onions


  1. In a mortar and pestle, add lemongrass, peppers, ginger or galangal. Crush them so they will release their flavors.
  2. Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add the crushed spices above and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the oil and fry for one more minute. Pour in the vegetable broth and bring it to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, add the bay or lime leaves, mushrooms, vegan fish sauce, light soy sauce, lime juice, tomato, onions, coconut milk, and tofu.
  4. Boil for 10 minutes.
  5. Garnish with chopped green onions.

Nutrition Information



Amount Per Serving Calories 173Total Fat 9.3gCarbohydrates 17.6gProtein 4.7g

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Vegan Tom Yum Soup recipe


Saturday 14th of April 2018

Can't believe this was not made with shrimps! Loved the taste! Thanks for the recipe!


Saturday 14th of April 2018

You're welcome!


Monday 29th of January 2018

Hot and sour soup is a different soup. Tom yum soup is known in English as lemongrass soup owing to the intoxicating aroma and flavor that the lemongrass adds to this soup.


Monday 29th of January 2018

Didn't know this! Thank you! :) I corrected it now so it won't be confused with the Chinese hot and sour soup. On Wiki it says it's a Thai hot and sour soup, though.

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