Tom Kha Gai is a flavorful modern Thai soup with coconut milk, chicken and galangal (Thai ginger). The soup is freshly made from scratch and is a quick and easy soup to prepare. Your tom kha gai will be ready in less than 20 minutes!
Learn how to make Tom Kha Gai soup below.
It all happened in a little Thai take away place. I fell in love with the aroma of flavors intermingling with each other in a white broth. It was love at first sight!
For the love of Soup
Tom Kha Gai is a popular soup in Europe (and I think in America too), however, it’s unknown in India. Although, India has the potential of enjoying this soup.
Coconut milk, Chicken, Thai Ginger (Galangal), Lemongrass, lime leaves and Fish sauce make this dish so crazily addictive! You will have a spoonful and you will understand what I mean.
The cool part is that it will take you only 20 minutes max. to prepare and cook the soup and you can already enjoy it with all the comforting flavors after a long day.
Easy Dinner Nights with Tom Gai Thai
That’s why the Tom Kha Gai Thai coconut soup has become my go to a dinner dish. It’s versatile, you can prepare it and freeze the rest because the Thai coconut soup tastes even more intense after heating it again.
Also, tom kha gai soup is great in winter and in summer. In winter it lightens up your day and in the summer, when it is hot, it helps you to eat healthily and keeps you on track with fresh food ingredients, which are stuffed with important nutrients.
Choosing Tom Gai Thai Ingerdients
Fresh coconut milk will always taste better, however, packed or canned coconut milk will do the trick too after a long and draining work day.
Thai Ginger, also known as Galangal, is the tricky ingredient to get for this soup. Some Asian stores do keep this fresh.
In Europe, I couldn’t get it in the store but my Thai take away place were kind enough to share some of theirs. In case you can’t find galangal ask your local thai restaurant, they may prove to be helpful and share some of their goodies.
Lemongrass can be commonly found in many places all over the world. Most of the time they are found dried. Ask for fresh lemongrass at your local Asian store or market.
Or you can keep a lemongrass plant too. I always found my plant super handy. You can use the lemongrass to make tea too. Otherwise once you get a bunch of fresh lemongrass, you can just freeze the lemongrass for later use.
Kaffir lime leaves, are important to make this soup too. If you can’t get kaffir lime, just use regular lime leaves. Those can be bought in store in most Asian stores. If you can’t get lime leaves, substitute with organic grated lime peel, the soup will still turn out awesome.
Other important ingredients include mushroom, birds eye chili or regular red chili, fish sauce. coriander (cilantro) and tomato.
More Thai Recipes:
- Thai Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce
- Pad Thai Sauce to make Pad Thai quickly anytime
- Peanut Sauce from addapinch.com
- Thai pineapple fried rice with curry powder
- Tamarind paste – useful in Thai dishes
Learn how to make Tom Kha Gai Soup Recipe below:
- 400 milliliter Coconut milk or 13.5 fl oz or 1 5/7 cups
- 250 milliliter Water or 8.5 fl oz or 1 cups
- 1 stalk Lemongrass
- 3 Lime leaves (or substitute with grated organic lime skin)
- 1½ inch Galangal (Thai Ginger)
- 200 grams boneless Chicken cut into stripes or 7 oz
- dozen regular button mushrooms sliced
- 1-3 Chili cut into smaller pieces (I used regular Indian Chili so 2 are usually enough)
- 2 Tablespoon Fish Sauce
- 3 Tablespoon Lime Juice
- Salt to taste
- 1 Tomato cut into dices
- roughly chopped coriander to garnish
- First we infuse the coconut milk by placing the milk into a pot with the water. Simmer on low heat until warm. In the meanwhile prepare your cleaned lemongrass by removing the outer stalk layer and cutting the lemon grass into thicker pieces. Lightly crush the lime leaves and peel and cut the thai ginger in smaller stripes. Place the lemongrass, lime and thai ginger pieces into the simmering coconut milk. Let it simmer on low heat for 5 minutes approximately so that the milk takes up the aroma.
- Then add the cut chicken with sliced mushroom pieces to the simmering coconut milk. Let it cook on low heat for about 10 minutes. When stirring occasionally the milk, make sure to slowly stir it, because coconut milk is a bit sensible. Never bring the soup to a rolling boil, the coconut milk won't like it. Once the chicken and mushrooms are cooked add the chili pieces, fish sauce and lime and cook for another minute or two on low heat. Taste with salt and take from the heat.
- Just before serving, take out the lemongrass pieces and lime leaves and add the tomato pieces and chopped coriander.
- Serve hot!
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