Chicken coconut milk soup

Chicken coconut milk soup, or Tom Kha Gai (ต้มข่าไก่), is one of my new favorite Thai dishes. I love anything with coconut milk and the rich, creamy flavor it has. This, like pretty much all Thai food, is meant to be served with rice, but is good by itself as well! The recipe below makes enough for 1-2 servings.

chicken, sliced ไก่
mushrooms เห็ด
2 stalks of lemongrass ตะไคร้
galangal finely sliced ข่า
2 kaffir lime leaves ใบมะกรูด
1 root coriander root, crushed รากผักชี
chili peppers พริก
1 cup coconut milk หางกะทิ
1/4 cup coconut cream หัวกะทิ
lime มะนาว
salt เกลือ
sugar น้ำตาล
1. Prepare the coconut milk and cream. (See step three of the 'massaman curry' recipe.)
2. Put the coconut milk in a pot. Once it is hot and slightly foaming add the galangal, lemongrass, and coriander root. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Add the chicken and allow to cook until almost done.
4. Add the coconut cream and bring the soup to a boil.
5. Add the sliced mushrooms, chili, and kaffir lime leaves.
6. Remove from heat and add salt, sugar and lime juice to taste.


I learned this recipe at a cooking class I took in Bangkok, at the Bangkok Thai Cooking Academy.


Usually in Thai cooking classes in Bangkok you go to the market and buy all the ingredients before starting. You get to learn about all the different ingredients and vegetables used in Thai cooking. (Its also great because I get to learn some of the ingredients names in English!)


This is a machine for grating coconuts used in Thai cooking. At my house my family uses a little bench with a blade on it and do this by hand. The machine makes it much quicker!


All the ingredients


The finished product! This is one of my favorite Thai dishes- so delicious!



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