How to make Tom Yam steamboat soup base without MSG - Thermomix Recipe

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My simple recipe for making tom yam soup.  This is a household staple for us. Either as a regular soup or as our soup base for our weekly steamboat. I used my Thermomix made sambal chilli as the chilli paste for the soup.  See how versatile my nasi lemak chilli paste is ? This is my pantry staple that gets replenished with new batches ever so regularly.


Tom Yam Soup for steamboat Recipe Chefanddivine singapore

 Thermomix recipe Sambal Chilli Chefanddivine


  • 2 stalks of lemon grass, white part
  • 1 finger of fresh galangal (reduce if you prefer less spicy Tom Yam)
  • 3 stalks of spring onion
  • 2 shallots sliced
  • 2 garlic sliced
  • (1 stalk) or 10 kafir lime leaves
  • 3 TBSP chilli paste
  • 2-4 chilli padi (depends on your preference for level of spiciness)
  • 5 TBSP fish sauce
  • Water for soup (1-1.5l for dinner soup, 2-2.5l for steamboat)
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 onion cut into slices
  • 1 pack of fresh mushrooms (eg. oyster mushrooms)
  • 5 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 5 TBSP evaporated milk (omit if you prefer clear soup)
  • Soup ingredients : seafood like prawns, sotong, fish cake/balls etc
  • Cilantro for garnishing 


  1. Saute the chilli paste with onion, galangal, garlic, shallot until fragrant
  2.  Add water and the rest of the ingredients like tomato, onion, lemon grass, spring onion, lime leaves
  3. Once it starts boiling, lower heat, add mushrooms
  4. Add seasonings, before serving add lime juice (TIP : adding lime juice too early will make the soup more bitter)
  5. Add soup ingredients & strain the soup, then add soup ingredients into each individual bowl prior to serving (if you want a clearer soup since there are many items added into the soup)
  6. Garnish with cilantro 


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