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Sep 18, 2005 02:52 AM

recipe for Tom Kha Gai Soup??

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Hello Hounds! The bf and I just had some delicious Tom Kha Gai Soup at a thai restaurant (Saladang in S. Pasaenda) and it was yuuuummmy. Bf really likes this soup and I'd like to take a stab at making it. Does anyone have a recipe out there?? TIA!

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  1. has a recipe for Tom Ka Ga soup. It seems there are various spellings.

    1. There are several recipes for Tom Kha Gai [or Kai] soup and each has a little variation. I like the one they give you at a cooking class at Royal Thai in Newport Beach on Coast Highway. Maybe the restaurant where you had it will share their's exactly. One thing I do though is use a pre-roasted chicken from the grocery store (lemon herb). It's easier and cheaper than roasting one at home and the flavor is so much better than frying or sauteing or boiling a fresh one. At any rate, I like a roasted chicken in the recipe better than other ways of cooking it. Really makes a difference in the results.

      1. I just made this last week from some pointers I got here on Chowhound. It came out well.

        Here's the recipe. Although these are just ballpark figures since I tasted as I went along.

        2 cans of chicken broth
        1 can of straw mushrooms
        3 bruised kaffir lime leaves
        1 lemongrass stalk sliced on the bias
        3 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
        1 cup chicken thigh meat, sliced thinly
        1 can of coconut milk
        Juice of 4 limes
        Sugar (to taste)
        Chopped cilantro for garnish
        Thai chili paste (optional): see picture below

        Pour chicken broth into a large pot. Add lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce. Bring to a light simmer. Add chicken meat and mushrooms. Increase the heat and cook until chicken is done. Add coconut milk. Add lime juice little by little. Do a taste test and add sugar to balance the flavor. If using Thai chili paste, put about a tablespoon into a bowl and pour some of the hot soup into it to dissolve. Once you get the lumps out of the chili paste slurry, add back to the soup and stir to incorporate.

        Add the cilantro just before serving.



        3 Replies
        1. re: elmomonster

          Rats...I forgot to mention the galangal. Add about 5 thin slices of galangal along with the lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and fish sauce.

          1. re: elmomonster

            Thanks all! This is perfect!! I'm gonna give it a try-btw, I've been following your blog and really enjoy your write-ups and pics.

            1. re: javagurl

              Thanks for the compliment javagurl!

              Do let us know how your Tom Kha Gai turns out.