Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Tom Kha Kai (Thai Coconut Chicken Soup)

Tom kha kai is a Thai coconut soup..Kha means "galangal" & Kai means "chicken". It is a little spicy (I've reduced the chilli padi) and sour at the same time. Quite similar to Tom Yum Soup  and this version is added with extra coconut milk.

Spice & herb ingredients for the soup base.

  • 2 stalk lemongrass
  • 2 chilli padi
  • 4 coriander roots (removed leaves)
  • 2 shallots, roughly chopped
  • 6 thick slices galangal
  • 3 kaffir limes leaves
  • 1 liter homemade chicken stock
  • 300gm skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 250ml coconut milk
  • 300gm pumpkin, peeled & cut into chunks
  • 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
  • pinch of salt
  • fresh lime juice for drizzling

  1. Bruise lemongrass, chilli padi & coriander roots. Combine with shallots, galangal, kaffir lime leaves & chicken stock in a pot, bring to boil. Simmer for 20mins, uncovered.
  2. Add chicken cube, diced pumpkin & fish sauce. Simmer for 10 mins or until pumpkin is tender but not mushy.
  3. Add in coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Season to taste with salt. Ladle soup into serving bowl, garnish with coriander leaves and some fresh lime juice to taste.

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