Tom Kha Gai ต้มข่าไก่ (Thai Coconut Soup)

This weekend we had the pleasure of doing some cooking, and hanging out, with our friend Russ of the Domestic Man. We cooked for almost a solid 5 hours, and came up with some great recipes to share with you all as a result.

This first piece is a Thai soup based off of what I had ordered from a local Thai restaurant, Tom Kha Hed (ต้มข่าไก่). This soup, sometimes also known as Tom Kha Gai, Kai or just Tom Kha, is literally “chicken galangal soup.” We forwent the chicken itself, but one could easily add chicken and or prawns for a heavier soup.

For dinner, we ended up starting with this soup as an appetizer and moving on to main dish of goat, which will be on Russ’s blog next Tuesday. The recipe is live now, so I hope you’ll go over and check out his Moroccan Goat Curry (Tagine Makfoul). Russ also made his Sukuma Wiki. This is a fantastic dish that is also part of his book, The Ancestral Table. If you didn’t see our review, go ahead and check it out, or just take our word for it and pick up the book.

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Tagine Makfoul (Photo Credit: Russ Crandall)

The recipe for our soup is below. I’m also trying out a new format that is an easy print of the recipe at the bottom of the page. Let us know if you prefer this to the current style, and we might transfer over.

Ingredients
broth
2 C chicken stock
3 1/2″ slices ginger, or 6 galangal
1 whole serrano pepper
4 keffir lime leaves, half torn
1 stalk lemongrass, halved and roughly chopped

soup
1 can whole-fat coconut milk
1/2 C sliced shittake mushrooms
1/2 C chopped cauliflower
1/2 serrano pepper, halved and thinly sliced (optional)
1 head bok choy, or 1 C green cabbage, chopped
1 tsp coconut aminos
2 tsp fish sauce
1/2 Tbsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
1 small handful, chopped cilantro

Method

Tom Kha Gai Thai Coconut Soup Recipe

Put broth and related ingredients in a medium saucepan and simmer on medium-low for 20 minutes.

Tom Kha Gai Thai Coconut Soup Recipe

While simmering, chop and prepare the remaining ingredients.

Tom Kha Gai Thai Coconut Soup Recipe

Strain broth into a large saucepan, and add in coconut milk on medium heat. Allow to fully blend.

Add in mushrooms, cauliflower, and serrano peppers for 3-5 minutes.

Tom Kha Gai Thai Coconut Soup Recipe

Add in bok choy, fish sauce, coconut aminos, white pepper, and salt and simmer for 2 more minutes.

Tom Kha Gai Thai Coconut Soup Recipe

Immediately before serving, squeeze in lime juice and garnish each bowl with cilantro.

Here’s the more consolidated version of the recipe; please share and let us know how you like the change! If you want a hint at what is coming up next week on Russ’ blog, check out my and his dinner plate from this weekend, and follow us on Instagram.

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

broth
2 C chicken stock (or vegetable broth)
3 1/2″ slices ginger, or 6 galangal
1 whole serrano pepper
4 keffir lime leaves, half torn
1 stalk lemongrass, halved and roughly chopped

soup
1 can whole-fat coconut milk
1/2 C sliced shittake mushrooms
1/2 C chopped cauliflower
1/2 serrano pepper, halved and thinly sliced (optional)
1 head bok choy, or 1 C green cabbage, chopped
1 tsp coconut aminos
2 tsp fish sauce
1/2 Tbsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
1 small handful, chopped cilantro

Method

1. Put broth and related ingredients in a medium saucepan and simmer on medium-low for 20 minutes. While simmering, chop and prepare the remaining ingredients.

2. Strain broth into a large saucepan, and add in coconut milk on medium heat. Allow to fully blend. Add in mushrooms, cauliflower, and serrano peppers for 3-5 minutes.

3. Add in bok choy, fish sauce, coconut aminos, white pepper, and salt and simmer for 2 more minutes.

4. Immediately before serving, squeeze in lime juice and garnish each bowl with cilantro.

5 thoughts on “Tom Kha Gai ต้มข่าไก่ (Thai Coconut Soup)

  1. Pingback: Moroccan Goat Curry (Tagine Makfoul) | The Domestic Man

  2. Gorgeous pictures, and the base looks interesting too. I’ve not tried Serrano peppers before. Maybe that’s why the true Thai kick doesn’t seem to come!

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  4. Tom Kha Gai is one of my favorites soups and I always order when having Thai both with chicken or shrimp yet love your veggie version and will try that…ironically I wanted a Pale recipe for this soup and poof here you sent it! Also, on the new version for recipe printing…I think it is better. Or you can do a combo…a “recipe card” which would be your new version with a picture of the finished plate :). yet for efficiencies your new version is great and I would like to be able to save the recipes I like to my own file…include it as an option for printing and then the full version also to save if possible.

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