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Nov 11, 2004 11:33 AM

Thai chicken coconut soup recipe?

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Does anyone have a great recipe for that Thai soup that has coconut milk, chicken, lemongrass, chiles and mushrooms in it? I think it's called Tom Kha Kai.

When I have a cold, it's better than chicken soup at making me feel better!

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  1. There was a good recipe in the pre-cookie issue (the one with the turkey on the cover) of Fine Cooking magazine. You can buy the back issue from their website,, or email me and I'll send you the recipe.

    1. I took a cooking class at a restaurant in Newport Beach (Royal Thai) and their Tom Kae Kai soup is delicious. Their recipe was true, just like what they serve in the restaurant, and they give it out a printed recipe from that class. I have to find it. Or, maybe you can get it from them. It's delicious.

      From memory, this seems to be a close recipe with few exceptions (and I've edited ingredients below - don't use extra cream)

      (1) for the chicken, I used a pre-roasted chicken hot from the grocery store ($4.99) And, I added any dripping from that container. Skin and cube chicken. Add to lime juice and then the coconut. Very flavorful.

      1 tablespoons (bottled) fish sauce or oyster sauce
      1 can coconut milk
      2 cans chicken broth (pluce drippings rom hot broiled chicken) (just ONE can, if condensed Campbell's chicken broth
      )4 sprigs lemon grass root (two inch sprigs) (powdered okay)
      1/4 lime peel, ground finely
      1 lime, juice of
      2 cloves garlic (or more depending on your preference)
      1 small red chili (add more for more spice) (the kind of chili you do not eat)
      1 teaspoon fresh ginger[root]
      1/8 cup chopped cilantro (to garnish)
      1 pre-broiled hot chicken from grocery store, skin and cut into small pieces. (or gently saute skinless chicken breast until almost done, then add to pot to finish cooking)

      See link for directions (sort of)

      The Royal Thai recipe is in a box in the garage! sorry


      1. Try the link below. I use it all the time. I promise you won't regret it. Cheers.


        1. Kasma Loha-Unchit's website is a great source for Thai recipes. Looks like she only has a seafood tom kha soup, but I bet you could easily modify this for chicken.