Cookbook:Tom Kha Kai

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Tom Kha Kai
CategoryThai recipes
Time½ hour

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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).


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  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.

Notes, tips, and variations

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


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