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Jan 22, 2009 10:46 AM

Authentic Tom Yung Goong?

Where can I find a good bowl of Tom Yung Goong? In particular I'm looking for a place that uses coconut milk, and I do know the difference between Tom Yung and Tom Kha. I had this amazing bowl of Tom Yung Goong in Bangkok years ago, and, since then, I can't stomach the clear, super-sharp versions I find here in the city. I want something that looks like this:

Thanks for your help!

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  1. haha! good luck finding something that looks as beautiful as that, from someone's recipe website; not only looks homemade, but gourmet homemade. will be checking in on this thread tho, as I'm on the same search and finding naught.

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    1. re: bigjeff

      Yeah, not a chance! So thick with solids, and look at that fresh lemongrass! I mean, yeah, you can get it "fresh" here, but I used to live in Malaysia, where it was growing in my side yard, and I know the difference between really fresh and imported "fresh" stuff.

      That said, I've never had Tom Yung Goong that uses coconut milk. That's always been called Tom Kha Goong wherever I've gotten it. I see the linked site says that the only difference between Tom Yung and Tom Kha is that one uses chili paste (it doesn't specify which).

      1. re: Pan

        That dish doesn't use coconut milk, Thai people actually use regular milk in it. The version you are looking for is called Tom Yum Gung Nam Kon, or Tom Yum Sai Nom. I can't help you where to find it in NYC and environs, sorry. Just a tip on what to ask for in a real Thai joint.


        1. re: HuaGung

          Thanks for the tips! I will have to write that down and see if I can get it :-)