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Chicken Coconut Soup Recipe

Tom Kha Gai


A Taiwanese friend gave me this Chicken Coconut Soup Recipe to try. He told me that it is a classic Thai soup recipe also known as Tom Kha Gai. chicken curry



It's a simple soup to make with the wonderful flavour coming from the galangal or Siamese ginger which is a root similar to ordinary ginger. The coconut milk adds to the creaminess and flavour. Be aware of the chillis making this quite a spicy chicken soup. You can adjust the quantity of chili to suit your taste preference.

Tom Kha Gai / Chicken Soup Ingredients

  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 5cm piece galangal or common ginger
  • 4 chicken breasts sliced into thin strips
  • 1 stalk lemon grass chopped
  • peel of a small lime
  • 1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar or soft brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 small red chillies, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

How To Cook Chicken Coconut Soup

Combine the stock, ginger, lime peel and lemongrass in a large soup pot and bring to the boil.

Let this simmer for about two minutes then add the coconut milk. This should simmer for another 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Add the chicken and the chilli and return to the boil for another 8 minutes.

Stir in the lemon juice sugar and fish sauce and allow to simmer for another minute.

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