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Thai Vegetable Soup (Tom Jued)

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Thai vegetable soup, or tom jued, is a comforting dish that’s healthy and low-kcal. My vegetarian recipe for this Thai classic is full of fresh vegetables, egg tofu, and silky glass noodles. Enjoy a delicious bowl of vegetarian soup with rich Thai flavors and your favorite greens.

Thai vegetable soup, tom jued, in a black bowl.

This is just one of my many Thai soup recipes, make sure to try one of these reader-favorites next: Tom yum talay, khao tom (Thi rice soup), and tom kha gai (Thai coconut chicken soup).

What is tom jued

Tom jued is a Thai vegetable soup beloved for its simplicity and healthy ingredients. It features a light broth with vegetables like celery and carrots, glass noodles, and various Thai seasonings.

Thai vegetable soup

Calling all veggie enthusiasts! One of my readers requested more vegetarian food, so I went into my grandmother’s kitchen, and together we whipped up this Thai vegetable soup recipe. You’ll love to have a bowl of this on a cold winter’s day, it’s total comfort food that’ll warm you up in no time.

Some variations of tom jued woon sen (also known as gang jued woon sen) include minced pork meatballs, but this recipe is completely meat-free, without a bone broth. A clear broth, light flavors, and healthy greens are the key elements of this healthy Thai glass noodle soup.

Tom jued, Thai vegetable soup, in a black bowl.

Today, we’ll make a Thai soup broth overflowing with fresh and nutritious vegetables. We’ll also add tofu cubes, glass noodles, and a blend of garlic and pepper. Additionally, we’ll toss a few bouillon cubes into the broth for extra flavor.

It’s a wholesome meal that be enjoyed as breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And the best part is that you can customize it to your taste.

If you’re in the mood for spicy food, toss in some Thai chilies or Thai chili flakes. For extra nutrition, feel free to add extra Asian vegetables like mushrooms, napa cabbage, bamboo shoots, radishes, and Chinese celery.

If you feel like this recipe needs some extra seasoning, go ahead and add extra salt, pepper, or whatever you have on hand.

Why try Thai glass noodle soup recipe

  • Vegetarian-friendly: This is the perfect soup for vegetarian and vegans. It’s filled with an array of fresh ingredients and vegetables, and you can toss in your personal favorites too.
  • Quick and easy: It’s perfect for those busy weekdays when you need to get a healthy meal on the table fast.
  • Full of greens: Tom jued soup with vegetables is not only delicious, it’s also a fantastic way to encourage your little ones to eat their vegetables. This Thai soup is perfect for adults too, it’s one of our family-favorites during the colder months.
  • Authentic: My Thai grandmother has tested and approved this recipe, it carries our family’s warmth and love!

What are glass noodles

A word about one of the key ingredients. Glass noodles, also known as cellophane noodles, vermicelli, or bean thread noodles, are a staple in Southeast Asian cuisine. They’re delicate, translucent, and soak up flavors like a sponge. That’s why they’re the perfect type of noodles for this Thai soup with vegetables. They soak up the flavors of the broth with ease.

2 packages of glass noodles, and unpacked glass noodles underneath it, on a white background.

They’re also used in some noodle stir-fries, yum woon sen pork (glass noodle salad), and Thai spring rolls. These gluten-free noodles can be found in any Asian grocery store, or you can order them online.

Ingredients

Ingredients can be sourced at Asian grocery stores and Asian markets.
The exact measurements are in the recipe card at the end of this post.


Recipe ingredients showcased on a banana leaf and in plastic cups; coriander root, bouillon cubes, egg tofu, glass noodles, oyster sauce, sliced carrots, cabbage, celery, and shiitake mushrooms.
  • Egg tofu – Vegans can sub with vegan tofu or firm tofu.
  • Garlic – Brings aroma and flavor to the soup.
  • Black peppercorns – Black peppercorns provide a hint of spice.
  • Glass noodles – Soak the glass noodles in water according to package labeling before adding them to the soup. We’ll also cut them into a smaller size.
  • Oyster sauce – Adds a salty and umami flavor. For a vegetarian or vegan soup, sub with mushroom sauce.
  • Coriander root – The root of the coriander (cilantro) plant adds a rich and authentic Thai flavor.
  • Chinese cabbage, carrots, celery, cucumber, green onions, dried shiitake mushrooms – Feel free to toss in your favorite soup vegetables, such as enoki mushrooms, beans, baby corn, cucumber, peas, bamboo shoots, etc. I suggest using the freshest ingredients possible, if you have an Asian market nearby, that’s where you’ll want to buy your veggies.

How to make Thai clear soup

  1. Soaked glass noodles in a bowl.

    Step 1: Soak glass noodles (and dried shiitake mushrooms) in water according to package instructions.

  2. Mortar with freshly pounded garlic, coriander root, and peppercorns for Thai cooking.

    Step 2: Pound garlic, coriander root, and black peppercorns with a mortar and pestle.

  3. Large cooking pot filled with water, coriander root, black peppercorns, and garlic.

    Step 3: Place a pot filled with water over medium heat. Add the pounded mixture from step 2, bouillon cubes, and oyster sauce. Close the lid and bring to a boil.

  4. Soup broth with vegetables.

    Step 4: Add carrots, celery, and dried shiitake mushrooms. Let boil for 2 minutes.

  5. Tom jued broth with vegetables and glass noodles in a pot.

    Step 5: Add the softer vegetables (Chinese cabbage), the egg tofu, and the glass noodles. Cook for 1 more minute and remove from heat. Serve immediately.

Kitchen tools

  • Cutting board and a sharp knife
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Large pot or deep wok
  • Ladle

How to serve vegetarian Thai soup

This vegetable soup is the perfect start to your day, a light lunch, or a light dinner. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh herbs like cilantro (coriander), Thai basil, or freshly chopped green onions. Add a lime wedge for a tangy note.

You can pair your tom jued soup with these vegetarian sides for a filling meal: Thai sticky rice, Thai vegetable spring rolls, vegetarian Thai green curry, and vegetarian fried cabbage.

How to store Thai vegetarian soup

As mentioned, glass noodles tend to absorb the soup’s broth over time, so it’s best to avoid leftovers. Should you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container after they’ve cooled down to room temperature, and keep them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days for the best quality.

For those planning ahead or expecting leftovers, it’s wise to store the soup base and glass noodles separately. Keep the broth in one airtight container and the noodles in another within the fridge.

Thai glass noodle soup

Originally, this Thai clear soup with vegetables was enjoyed as a light dish to aid digestion and served as a remedy for illness in Thai households. When my little niece or nephew gets sick, my grandmother makes them this healthy soup recipe without the glass noodles.

Today, woonsen soup is found in many Thai restaurants since it’s a basic dish that can be enjoyed by everyone, both kids and adults. In many hotels, it’s served as a breakfast option for the same reason. This healthy and comforting meal is the perfect way to start your day.

Frequently asked questions

How many calories in tom jued soup?

A portion of tom jued soup is typically low in calories, but the exact amount can vary depending on the ingredients and portion size. An average serving can contain around 100–200 calories, depending on the ingredients. For example, some recipes add minced pork, while some recipes are made with vegetables only. A portion of my recipe makes an authentic, healthy meal with just 168 kcal.

Can I make tom jued ahead of time?

Yes, you can make this vegetable soup ahead of time. Just prepare the soup broth and glass noodles separately, and combine them (and reheat) when you’re ready to serve. Additionally, you can precut the vegetables and save time for when you’re ready to prepare the soup.

Can I add meat or seafood?

Yes. Simply cook them beforehand or add them to the soup raw, but make sure the meat gets cooked thoroughly.

Is tom jued spicy?

No, tom jued is a light soup without spice. Traditionally, this is a soup that can be enjoyed by everyone. If you want to make it spicy, you can add fresh chili peppers or dried chili flakes.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

Most of the ingredients are naturally gluten-free, but some ingredients have to be checked depending on the brand. Egg tofu, dried shiitake mushrooms, glass noodles, bouillon cubes, and oyster sauce should be checked first.

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Thai Vegetable Soup (Tom Jued)

Thai vegetable soup, tom jued, in a black bowl.
Tom jued is a healthy Thai vegetable soup recipe that's perfect for the family.
Praew
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Cuisine Thai
Course Main Course, Soup
Serving Size 6 people

Ingredients

  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 coriander root
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 3 bouillon cubes
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce see notes
  • 7 ounces carrot
  • 1.4 ounce celery
  • dried shiitake mushrooms add to taste
  • 10.5 ounces Chinese cabbage
  • 2 egg tofu
  • 1.8 ounce glass noodles

Instructions

  • Soak glass noodles (and dried shiitake mushrooms) in water according to package instructions.
  • Pound garlic, coriander root, and black peppercorns with a mortar and pestle.
  • Place a pot filled with water over medium heat. Add the pounded mixture from step 2, bouillon cubes, and oyster sauce. Close the lid and bring back to a boil.
  • Add carrots, celery, and dried shiitake mushrooms. Let boil for 2 minutes.
  • Add the softer vegetables (Chinese cabbage), the egg tofu, and the glass noodles. Cook for 1 more minute and remove from heat. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Use the nutrition card in this recipe as a guideline.
  • Vegans can use firm tofu or vegan tofu.
  • Feel free to add your favorite vegetables to the soup broth.
  • Oyster sauce: For a vegetarian/vegan soup, sub oyster sauce with mushroom sauce.

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