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5 from 9 votes

Super Tender Pork Rib Tom Yum Recipe

A Thai hot and sour soup that's great for any day. The best tom yum recipe!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Thai
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Nart


  • pods sour tamarind you can find this in a Thai or Asian grocery store
  • 350 grams pork ribs
  • 2 stalks lemongrass
  • 3-4 slices galangal
  • 6 kaffir lime leaves hand torn and bruised
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 5 Thai bird's eye chiles roughly pounded
  • 100 grams mushroom any kind you prefer


  • Add 1½ liters of water to a pot and simmer the pork ribs with the lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves and tamarind pods for about 50 minutes. Remove any fat floating on top of the liquid.
  • Use a slotted spoon to scoop the tamarind pods from the soup and hold the spoon just right above the surface of the soup. Use another spoon to squash the tamarind pulp through the slotted spoon into the soup and discard the membranes and seeds.
  • Season the tom yum with salt, sugar and Thai bird's eye chiles.
  • Add the mushrooms and let cook for about 1-2 minutes before turning off the heat.


If the tom yum isn't sour enough for you, you can add fresh lime juice to it and keep tasting as you go.