Thai Lemongrass and Chile Soup


Once the ingredients have been prepared, it only takes a few minutes to make this soup. Lemongrass lends a tangy citrus taste.

  • 4Servings


  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 large lemongrass stalks, peeled and cut into 4-inch pieces
  • 3 dried Thai Kaffir lime leaves, optional
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. peeled, minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp. roasted chile paste
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped oyster or white mushrooms
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 to 3 small hot green chiles, seeded and halved, optional


In medium saucepan, heat vegetable broth to a simmer with lemongrass and lime leaves if desired.

In small skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and ginger, and cook, stirring often, about 30 seconds. When broth has simmered for 5 minutes, remove lemongrass and lime leaves and discard. Add cooked garlic and ginger to broth. Return broth to a boil, and stir in chile paste and mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms have wilted, about 30 seconds, then stir in lime juice and soy sauce. Remove from heat, and ladle soup into small bowls.

Top each bowl with chopped tomatoes, cilantro and a pinch of hot green chiles if desired. Alternatively, tomatoes and chiles can be mixed together and placed in small serving bowl for people to help themselves.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 95
  • Carbohydrate Content: 16 g
  • Fat Content: 2 g
  • Fiber Content: 2 g
  • Protein Content: 4 g
  • Sodium Content: 1061 mg