Tom yum goong is arguably the flavour that best represents Thailand and is the most famous soup from their regional cuisine. Usually, a variation of lemongrass, galangal, and kaffir lime leaves, as well as other herbs, form the soup base. Depending on how each chef cooks it, a selection of seafood will also be mixed in, but the common ingredient is most definitely shrimp. Check out our top picks for tom yum goong in Hong Kong—live free and Thai hard!
If there’s one Thai restaurant in Hong Kong that’ll make you want to hit up the tropical islands of Thailand, it’s the beach-hugging Sip Song out in sunny Repulse Bay. Decked out in glowing colours and vivid floral patterns, the interiors will have your heart screaming for summer holidays and your tongues craving for spice. Their Tom Yum Goong ($125) is an aromatic hot and sour soup, made with massive tiger prawns, mushrooms, shallots, and galangal.
Sip Song, Shop 114–115, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay | (+852) 2898 3788
Renowned for their spice pastes and seasonings, the Blue Elephant Brasserie in Harbour City does not disappoint. Their Specialty Tom Yum Goong ($88) is served in a blue clay pot with a mini stove underneath it to keep the rich soup warm.
Packed with tangy flavours, the portion is more than enough for one person, so if you're looking to try other dishes as well, remember to bring friends along!
Blue Elephant Brasserie, Shop 3303, 3/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2328 2328
Located in Kowloon City, Cambo Thai is popular with the local residents for its authentic flavours and fresh ingredients. Their Tom Yum Goong ($120) comes in a massive soup bowl, with huge chunks of prawn meat inside. Though the decor of the restaurant is more on the rustic side, it is still a great spot for a genuine Thai meal at a very reasonable price.
Cambo Thai, 25 Nga Tsin Long Road, Kowloon City | (+852) 2716 7318
A retro replica of a Thai shophouse in the 1960s, Mak Mak is comprised of two spaces with distinctly different purposes. It features a storefront that resembles a classic Thai grocery store, with a 60-seat airy 'Thai residence-style' dining area hidden behind it. Their Tom Yum Goong ($178) is a hot and sour broth with tiger prawns, straw mushrooms, Thai herbs and fresh chillies. Mak Mak also puts the spotlight on the vegetables and herbs used, as everything is natural with no artificial additives whatsoever.
Mak Mak, Shop 217A, 2/F Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen's Road, Central | (+852) 2983 1003
With the ambience of a lively and colourful Eastern spice market, Spices serves fresh, sustainable, and authentic cuisine in a beautiful and tasteful setting. Located in Repulse Bay with a view of the sea and horizon beyond, their Tom Yam Kung ($116) packs a punch with their chilli and spice, and goes well together with the seafood and prawns.
It may seem like a bit of a trek, going all the way to Repulse Bay for tom yum goong, but you can definitely make a day trip out of it if the weather is nice. You can chill by the beach, do a bit of sunbathing, read a book, or grab a drink at the neighbouring bars!
Spices Restaurant, 109 Repulse Bay Road | (+852) 2292 2821
Chao Phraya is the name of a restaurant and a Thai supermarket, meaning "mother of rivers" in Thai—named, of course, after the most famous river in the country.
The owner of one of the biggest Thai supermarkets in Kowloon City also manages Chao Phraya, which offers authentic Thai cuisine such as their Tom Yum Soup ($138), served in a steel pot with a funnel in the middle to keep the soup boiling hot!
Chao Phraya, G/F, 19 Lung Kong Road, Kowloon City | (+852) 2382 4855
It's easy to miss 666 Boat Noodles if you're not paying attention to where you are going, but if all else fails, just follow the scent of Thai spices! Although the restaurant focuses on boat noodles, their Seafood with Tom Yum Goong Soup (Spicy) ($58) is surprisingly good. You can have the soup on its own with pieces of fish, fishballs and prawns, or you can choose to have it as a soup base for your boat noodles!
666 Boat Noodle, G/F, Chung Ah Mansion, 366 Des Voeux Road West, Shek Tong Tsui, Western District | (+852) 3618 4544
Thai Chiu is a famous Thai restaurant chain in Hong Kong, regularly appearing in the Bib Gourmand section of the Michelin Guide Hong Kong. You can find their branches in the Hong Kong International Airport, Asia World-Expo, and other big locations.
Their Tom Yum Kung ($88) not only comes with a selection of seafood, but is also served with juicy pork balls made in house. It is served in a steel pot with a funnel in the middle which keeps the soup boiling; you just have to wait for the pork balls to float by the section nearest your seat!
Thai Chiu, locations across Hong Kong
Sai Kung has several well-kept secrets and one of it is May's Sawaddee Thailand! Their aromatic Dtom Yum Goong Large ($142) comes with whole cherry tomatoes and large butter-fried prawns. The mushrooms and vegetables are fresh and sweet, adding nicely to the texture of the soup, which is probably why it was previously also listed as a Bib Gourmand restaurant by the Michelin Guide Hong Kong.
May's Sawaddee Thailand, G/F 24 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung | (+852) 2791 0522
Everyone knows Kowloon City is the place to go for Thai supermarkets, dried goods, and Thai restaurants. One such establishment, Orange Elephant Thai, offers a killer Tom Yum Goong Soup ($86). A relatively spicy rendition of the traditional tom yum goong, Orange Elephant Thai's version has more condensed flavours that is bound to clear your sinuses!
Orange Elephant Thai, G/F, 31-33 Kai Tak Road, Kowloon City | (+852) 2718 1088
You don't necessarily have to go all the way to Kowloon City for quality Thai food, as Siam 28 in Causeway Bay can sort you out as well! The restaurant is a modern and trendy venue that has retained a Siamese spirit from days past. Their Tom Yum Goong ($109) is bound to fill you up, as it comes with a good assortment of seafood such as mussels, shrimp, squid, and fishcakes.
Siam 28, 28/F, Macau Yat Yuen Centre, 525 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay | (+852) 3421 0472
As you can probably tell from its name, Siam Noodles specialises in Thai boat noodles, but their tom yum soup base is also nothing to sniff at. You can pick your own soup base and main topping for your boat noodles, customising everything to your liking. The toppings range from Angus beef, wagyu beef, and abalones, to even lobsters. If you feel like splurging, the Whole Boston Lobster Tom Yum Goong Boat Noodle ($188) would be the one to go for!
Siam Noodles, G/F, 13 Lan Fong Road, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2653 6548
Shop A, G/F, Kar Lock Building, 7 Lock Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2350 4808