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Tom Kha Gai – Thai Coconut Soup

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For many, Thai food is synonymous with heat. The heat in Thai food comes from chili peppers, which are also a staple in Thai cuisine. In fact, there are many different types of peppers used in Thai food.

Tom Kha Gai is a perfect example of how sweet and spicy combine to make an incredibly delicious soup. This soup combines ingredients you may not expect in a bowl of soup made primarily with coconut water and chicken broth.

The unique combination of ingredients in this soup is what makes it so flavorful and filling. It’s a combination of chili peppers, lemongrass, coconut milk, galangal root, and kaffir lime leaves that makes the soup rich and tangy. The lemongrass and galangal root also add a fresh citrus flavor to the soup.

Chili, galangal, kaffir, and lemongrass are ingredients that might not be available at your normal grocery store. They often sell these items at Asian markets. An alternative is DubbaDip Authentic Thai Spice and Herb Set which is available on Amazon. This set includes all the hard-to-find ingredients and they come in dried forms, but they still give the soup that aromatic flavor once you cook them.

Tom Kha Gai is one of those Thai dishes you can eat for dinner or lunch every day. It’s also a simple and easy dish for cozy days when you don’t feel like cooking.

 

Ingredients for Thai Coconut Soup

  • galangal root
  • lemongrass
  • red chili peppers
  • kaffir lime leaves
  • minced garlic
  • white onion
  • cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons of fish sauce
  • 1:2:2 ratio of water, coconut milk, and chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • crimini mushrooms
  • 1 pound of chicken breast/thigh
  • cilantro
  • lime juice

 

How to Cook Tom Kha Gai

  • In a big pot, add that water, coconut milk, and chicken broth; cook over medium heat.
  • Use a pestle and mortar to smash the galangal, lemongrass, and kaffir lime leaves. Then add them plus the red chili to the pot.
  • Simmer for about 15 minutes for the vegetables to release all of their aromatic flavors.
  • Pour the mixture through a stainless steel colander over a bowl to collect the broth then discard the remaining vegetables.
  • In another pot, saute the garlic, chicken meat, and onion.
  • Add the broth prepped in the previous step, cherry tomatoes, and mushrooms.
  • Season with fish sauce, sugar, and lime juice.
  • Garnish with cilantro and black pepper.
Tom Kha Gai

Tom Kha Gai - Thai Coconut Soup

When it comes to traditional Thai food, aromatic Tom Kha Gai is the first thing that comes to mind. This coconut milk-based soup is made with a piquant and spicy combination of galangal, lemongrass, and lime juice along with several other key ingredients. There are many variations of this soup in Thailand, but perhaps the most well-known version is the Tom Kha Gai or Coconut Soup. The most essential ingredients used to prepare this dish are galangal (a root similar to ginger), lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and coconut milk.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • galangal root
  • lemongrass
  • red chili peppers
  • kaffir lime leaves
  • minced garlic
  • white onion
  • cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1:2:2 ratio of water, coconut milk, and chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • crimini mushrooms
  • 1 pound chicken breast/thigh
  • cilantro
  • lime juice

Instructions
 

  • In a big pot, add that water, coconut milk, and chicken broth and cook over medium heat.
  • Use a pestle and mortar to smash the galangal, lemongrass, and kaffir lime leaves. Then add them plus the red chili to the pot.
  • Simmer for about 15 minutes for the vegetables to release all of their aromatic flavors.
  • Pour the mixture through a stainless steel colander over a bowl to collect the broth then discard the remaining vegetables.
  • In another pot, saute the garlic, chicken meat, and onion. Add the broth prepped in the previous step, cherry tomatoes, and mushrooms.
  • Season with fish sauce, sugar, and lime juice.
  • Garnish with cilantro and back pepper

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Notes

If you don’t have fish sauce, you can use salt and chicken stock as an alternative. But really, fish sauce is what really brings out the rich and flavorful taste of this dish.
Keyword Aromatic dish, Asian food, Coconut Soup, Tom Kha Gai

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