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Tom Kha Gai

Tom Kha Gai (Fragrant chicken coconut soup)

A warming bowl of Tom Kha Gai always does the trick. Creamy & packed full of flavour. It is wonderfully aromatic and you can choose your own adventure with the amount of chilli that goes in.
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Course: Soup, Main Course, Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine: Thai
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 547kcal


  • Medium sized saucepan
  • Cutting board
  • Cooks knife
  • Ladle and spoon


  • 500 ml chicken stock
  • 270 ml can coconut milk
  • 270 ml coconut cream
  • 30 g galangal (a thumb sized piece) sliced into very thin slices
  • 2 lemongrass stalks white portion only, bruised & very thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon coriander roots washed very well and finely chopped
  • 4 Kaffir lime leaves torn in half and srunched well in your hands
  • 300 g chicken breast thinly sliced
  • 3 thai chillies
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons of fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon grated palm sugar or substitute for brown sugar
  • 1-2 limes juiced

To serve

  • Fresh coriander leaves
  • Chilli shreds if desired


  • Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add galangal, lemongrass, curry paste, coriander roots and kaffir lime leaves. Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring often, to intensify the flavours.
  • Add the stock and coconut cream and milk and bring to a slow boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add the sliced chicken.
  • Bruise the chillies gently with a rolling pin or pestle. Add 2 chillies to the pot. Finely slice the remaining chilli and reserve these for serving.
  • Add the pepper, fish sauce and palm sugar (or brown sugar).
  • Cook until the chicken is tender and cooked through(approximately 5 minutes).
  • Take the soup off the heat & add the lime juice. Taste for seasoning.
  • Ladle in to bowls & sprinkle with fresh coriander leaves & reserved chilli shreds, if desired.


Tip: you could ladle this beautiful soup on top of steamed rice if you would like to
serve it as a more substantial meal.


Calories: 547kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 36g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 1697mg | Potassium: 1002mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 759IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 4mg