thai veg tofu soup recipe
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5 from 2 votes

thai veg tofu soup

thai veg tofu soup is a soothing, warming and healing thai veg soup to beat the chill in winters.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: appetizers, brunch
Cuisine: thai, world
Servings: 4
Author: Dassana Amit


  • 125 grams 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 to 3 piri piri chilies or bird's eye chilies
  • 1 medium size carrot - chopped
  • 200 or 250 grams extra firm silken tofu or regular tofu - diced (i used mori nu's silken tofu)
  • 1 tablespoon 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 tablespoon soy sauce - add more if you prefer
  • some basil leaves and coriander leaves for garnishing
  • salt as required
  • black pepper powder as required


  • crush the galangal and ginger in a mortar and pestle to a semi coarse or fine paste.
  • take all the veggies, piri piri chilies, lemon grass, lime leaves, curshed galangal-ginger, salt in a pot.
  • add water and keep the pot on a medium flame. cover and let the soup boil first.
  • then lower the flame and let the soup simmer for 10 minutes.
  • meanwhile, in another pan, heat oil. pan fry the tofu for 2-3 minutes stirring often.
  • add the tofu with the oil to the simmering soup.
  • simmer for 2-3 minutes, season with black pepper and soy sauce.
  • lastly add the chopped basil & coriander leaves. simmer thai tofu soup for a minute.
  • before serving thai tofu soup, remove the piri piri chilies, lime leaves and lemon grass stalks.
  • 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.