Tom Kha Gai!

This is one of my favorite soups, i tried it first in Thailand and fell in love with it. Every now and then, i have a craving for this soup, but unfortunately, my kids don’t like it…too spicy, too hot…whatever! Anyway, i am making it for myself only.

I am using purchased Thai chili paste (that kills me), but everything else fresh, including my own chicken stock.


Chicken- i recommend 2 legs(cut in smallest bite size pieces)

Shallot- 1, chopped

Thai chili paste- 2 teaspoons

Ginger- 2 inch, cut in thin strips

Mushrooms- 5 pcs, cut

Lemongrass- i piece, white part, cut finely

Kaffir lime leaves-10 (discard after cooking)

Lime juice- 1 lime

Coconut milk- 1 can

Chicken broth- 500 ml

Fish sauce- 2 tablespoons

Cane sugar- 1 tablespoon

Fresh coriander- chopped

Chives or spring onions- for garnishing.


heat an oil in a pan, fry shallots, mushrooms for a minuet or so, add chili paste, stir for one more minuet, set aside.

In a pot mix the rest of ingredients, add the contents from the pan. and cook for 10-15 minuets.

Garnish with chives and coriander.

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22 thoughts on “Tom Kha Gai!

      1. Probably better to omit. Here in Perth in every supermarket, have a look again, maybe you will find them.:)

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