thai veg tofu soup recipe, how to make thai veg tofu soup recipe

by dassana amit updated February 9, 2014

thai veg tofu soup, thai vegetable tofu soup recipe

thai vegetable tofu soup recipe - a comforting and healing soup for the winters. now i have made thai food after a long long time as i was able to get some thai herbs here. if you want to try veg thai food then i would recommend you thai veg green currythai veg red curry and lemon grass rice.

winters are the times for having soups. india is witnessing a really chilly winter this year and apart from the heart & belly warming food that we make there are many varieties of soups or shorbas we also make.

so there is the fiery & pungent galangal and fragrant lemon grass along with the hot hot red piri piri chilies…. not to mention the soothing basil and lime leaves. so the ingredients that go in this soup heals you – from the cold ailments experienced in winters.

the thai veg tofu soup is warming & comforting for the body as well for the soul.

i have used oyster mushrooms in this soup as i did not have fresh mushrooms. to make the soup you can add a mix of different varieties of mushrooms or even just plain button mushrooms. the vegetables can be of your choice and what is available in season.

broccoli, carrots, beans, cauliflower, bok choy, potatoes –   any of these veggies can be added. i only had carrots with the mushrooms but still with only two veggies, the soup tasted yummy.

also in this thai veg soup, you don’t have to make the stock separately and then add it. while cooking the veggies, the stock happens :-)

i had piri piri chilies, so added them to the soup. but you can add bird’s eye chilies also. again i have added lime leaves from my lime shrub. but in absence of lemon leaves or kaffir lime leaves, you can add the zest of a small lime.

as far as galangal is concerned, ginger just does not come close to it. so i won’t suggest substituting ginger for galangal. the soup won’t taste or feel authentic if galangal is not added.

when i was seeing the pics of the soup, they were beautifully captured. i think one of best step by step pics so far. the light was perfect this day and i have not done any post processing on the images, apart from reducing the size.

lets begin step by step thai vegetable tofu soup recipe:

1: in a mortar & pestle take galangal and ginger.  the creamish one is galangal and the faint yellowish one is ginger. you can also grind these with a blender.

thai veg soup

2: crush both to a semi coarse or fine paste.

3:  now take the sliced onions, oyster mushrooms, carrots and whatever veggies you have in a pot.

4: time to add some spice, flavors & aroma – piri piri chilies, lime leaves, lemon grass and the crushed galangal-ginger are added.

5: splashing some water…

6: cover and cook all of them on a medium flame.

7: the simmering soup…..

8: meanwhile in another pan, heat some oil and pan fry the silken tofu.

9: add tofu with the oil in the soup pot… stir…..

10: season with black pepper…

11: some umami flavor… soy sauce

12: there goes the herbs… basil & coriander leaves.

13: stir and cook for a minute.

14: pour the soup in bowls and serve thai veg tofu soup plain or with some warm rice or noodles.

thai vegetable tofu soup

if you are looking for more soup recipes then do check tomato soup, cream of mushroom soup, palak soup, roasted tomato soup and sweet corn soup recipe.

thai vegetable tofu soup recipe below:

thai veg tofu soup recipe
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thai veg tofu soup recipe – a soothing, warming and healing thai veg soup to beat the chill in winters.
Recipe type: appetiser, brunch
Cuisine: thai, world
Serves: 4
  • 125 gms dry oyster mushrooms, halved or quartered
  • 1 inch galangal, peeled
  • ½ inch ginger, peeled
  • 1 small onion or medium sized onion, sliced or quartered
  • 1 lemon grass stalk, halved in two
  • 2-3 piri piri chilies or bird’s eye chilies
  • 1 medium size carrot, chopped
  • 200 or 250 gms extra firm silken tofu or regular tofu, diced (i used mori nu’s silken tofu)
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves or lime leaves or zest of one small lime
  • ¼ cup chopped or torn basil leaves or thai basil leaves
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ tbsp soy sauce (add more if you prefer)
  • some basil & coriander leaves for garnishing
  • salt and black pepper as required
  1. crush the galangal and ginger in a mortar and pestle to a semi coarse or fine paste.
  2. take all the veggies, piri piri chilies, lemon grass, lime leaves, curshed galangal-ginger, salt in a pot.
  3. add water and keep the pot on a medium flame. cover and let the soup boil first.
  4. then lower the flame and let the soup simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. meanwhile, in another pan, heat oil. pan fry the tofu for 2-3 minutes stirring often.
  6. add the tofu with the oil to the simmering soup.
  7. simmer for 2-3 minutes, season with black pepper and soy sauce.
  8. lastly add the chopped basil & coriander leaves. simmer for a minute.
  9. before serving remove the piri piri chilies, lime leaves and lemon grass stalks.
  10. serve thai veg tofu soup hot in soup bowls garnished with some basil leaves.
1. if the galangal is fibrous and hard, then make a fine paste. otherwise you may taste the galangal threads when having this thai veg soup.
2. the amount of pepper and soy sauce in the soup can be adjusted as per your preference.

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Daisy November 27, 2013 1

This soup looks great.. Just wondering if I can use vegetable broth instead of water too add even more flavor.

Anyone try this?



dassana November 28, 2013 2

you can use veg stock. no one has tried i guess as i have not received any feedback.


Elaine February 19, 2013 3

I’m glad I found your blog! The recipes look amazing. I cook Indian and Thai dishes and love to try new ones and your directions are very nicely broken down. I often make a Thai soup that calls for many of these herbs and spices, but also has fish sauce and other fishy ingredients. But lately I’ve been having more veggies, so this soup will be great! I intend to make it today!
Thank you!


dassana February 20, 2013 4

thanks elaine.


Meena January 21, 2013 5

Refreshing soup.Was looking for thai soup ,your look appetizing.bookmarked.if i couldnt fresh lime leaves any substitute for it.


dassana January 21, 2013 6

thanks meena. add grated zest (lime rind) of 1 small lime instead of lime leaves.


kms katkam January 21, 2013 7

it was amazing , i wondered when i gone through some beautiful recipes with fabulous photos…

I would have the regular visitor of your site…..:P

Please mail me back ,i have plenty of Doubts to clarify from you to develop my skills in Blogging as well selection of photos to my blog n site .

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dassana January 21, 2013 8

thanks. for blogging tips and learnings you can read our posts on our other blog:
there are a few photography posts as well. hope this helps.


MEENA February 20, 2013 9

very helpful.never knew u had another blog.can u pls include the link in this home page will be useful for many new bie like me


dassana February 20, 2013 10

hi meena, the links are there in the side bars on the blog. also thanks.


Cobunk January 21, 2013 11

This soup was wonderful!!! We couldn’t find galangal at the store and left out the cilantro (personal preference), but added bean sprouts. A very complex, satisfying recipe! Thank you!


dassana January 21, 2013 12

thanks :-)


nags January 19, 2013 13

the pictures of the thai soup are so gorgeous dassana. especially love your cooking pot. perfect for cooking soup :)


riyas January 16, 2013 14

your pictorial presentation is amazing..moreover i like the vessel in which you have prepared the soup..any idea where can we get fresh thai herbs?


dassana January 16, 2013 15

thanks riyas. nowadays you can easily get fresh thai herbs from a gourmet or hypermarket store in indian metros or cities. difficult to get these in towns though.


chinmayie @ love food eat January 16, 2013 16

So beautiful… love your photos


Veena January 16, 2013 17

this is my favourite soup also..looks too good


The Squishy Monster January 15, 2013 18

I love thai flavors and I love how you brought them all together. Great use of a pestle and mortar =)


Mallika January 15, 2013 19

Loved ur step by steps! That thai veg tofu soup looks delicious!


Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb January 15, 2013 20

The bird’s eye chilies you mentioned above are those common green chillies in the market? I never knew their name, everybody just calls them green chillies. The piri piri chillies are quite hot right? Dassana your soup looks amazing. Often I see tofu in the shop but I never know what to make with it, so I don’t buy it. Plus there are so many different type of tofus that it confuses.


dassana January 15, 2013 21

the bird’s eye chilie are thai chilies and they are red in color. they are hot indian chilies. piri piri chilies are the tiniest chilies and very hot.

i have only seen regular tofu, spiced tofu or the silken tofu. the silken tofu is smooth and melt in the mouth unlike the regular tofu. mori nu brand is the best. they have firm and extra firm silken tofus too.

you can make scrambled tofu like scrambled eggs or add them to soups or noodles, pasta and even rice. also they can be batter coated and fried or grilled too. tofu works a substitute for paneer and there are various indian paneer recipes that can be made with tofu.

if you can manage to get silken tofu, then do try it. buy the extra firm or firm ones as they are good for stir fries and sauting.


shruthi January 15, 2013 22

I am definately goona try this soup…looks absolutely delicious…..


Shema George January 15, 2013 23

Such a beautiful bowl of soup with amazing flavors…Would love bowls of it esp during this weather :)
Nice pics