Tom Kha Gai is everyone’s favorite Thai coconut chicken soup. It is one of the most popular Thai recipes. If you have had Thai food, I am sure you have tried this amazing and aromatic chicken soup.
Tom Kha Gai is very easy to make at home. It calls for simple ingredients of chicken, coconut milk, mushrooms. You will also need lemongrass, galangal and Thai chilies to bring out the unique flavors.
The cooking process is quite simple and in 20 minutes, you will have a pot of creamy, aromatic, sour, savory and mouthwatering soup.
Galangal is the key ingredient in the recipe as the name literally means galangal chicken. You can buy it fresh or frozen in Asian stores.
This Tom Kha Gai recipe is adapted from my favorite Thai cookbook: Thai Cooking Made Easy.
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Tom Kha Gai (Thai Coconut Chicken Soup)
Tom Kha Gai hai - BEST and EASIEST recipe for Thai coconut chicken soup with chicken, mushroom and coconut milk. 20 mins and better than restauarant's.
- 8 oz boneless and skinless chicken breast or thighs, cut into strips or thin pieces
- 20 canned straw mushrooms
- 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
- 1 cup water
- 1 stalk lemongrass cut into 3-inch lengths and pounded
- 6 kaffir lime leaves lightly bruised to release the flavor
- 6 slices galangal
- 8 bird's eye chilies lightly pounded
- 3 tablespoon fish sauce
- 2 1/2 tablespoons lime juice or to taste
- 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
Add water, lemongrass, galangal, chilies, kaffir lime leaves into a pot and bring it to boil. Add straw mushrooms and chicken and boil it on medium heat for a few minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Add coconut milk and boil for a couple more minutes. Turn off the heat and add lime juice and fish sauce to taste. Add chopped cilantro before serving.
If you can't find galangal, do not use ginger. Ginger is not the substitute for galangal. "Tom Kha" means galangal in Thai. However, if you absolutely can't find galangal and still wish to make this because you love this soup so much, just make it without galangal.
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