Cookbook:Tom Kha Kai

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Tom Kha Kai
Category Thai recipes
Servings 5
Time ½ hour

Tom kha kai (or tom kha gai) is a Thai soup with the distinct, very Thai flavor of galangal, a rhizome somewhat similar to ginger. Kha means "galangal" in Thai. This version of the soup is made with chicken (kai or gai).

Variation I[edit | edit source]

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

For 5 servings:

Procedure[edit | edit source]

  1. Bring stock and coconut milk to a boil.
  2. Add lemongrass, galangal, chilies, sugar and pepper.
  3. Add onion, tomato, chicken bits, and mushrooms.
  4. Keep at a rolling boil for 4 minutes.
  5. Remove the pot from the heat.
  6. Stir in lime juice and soy sauce.
  7. Garnish with cilantro and chilies.

Variation II – One bowl[edit | edit source]

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) coconut milk
  • ⅔ cups (160 ml) chicken stock
  • ½ stalk lemongrass (cut into 1" bits)
  • 3 thin slices galangal (or ginger, but see above note)
  • 1 mini chili, finely chopped
  • 6 cubes chicken
  • ¼ onion
  • ⅓ tomato, halved and peeled
  • 1 mushroom, cut into 6 pieces
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • ⅛ tsp pepper
  • dash lime juice
  • dash soy sauce

Notes, tips, and variations[edit | edit source]

  • You can substitute ginger, as galangal and ginger are similar, but the flavors are different.

Warnings[edit | edit source]

  • Always wash your hands with soap immediately after you are done cutting chili peppers.