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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    1. Alina February 6, 2016 at 3:16 am


  1. guyeatsfood January 9, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    That looks amazing! Thai chilli paste is distinct from thai curry paste, right?

    1. Alina January 10, 2016 at 1:09 am

      Thank you, yes these two are different.:)

    1. Alina January 5, 2016 at 5:26 am

      Its a beuatiful dish, thanks a lot!

      1. Alina January 6, 2016 at 12:23 am

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

      2. Cooking For The Time Challenged January 6, 2016 at 12:47 am

        I guess now that I know what I am looking for, it might be possible. Hope springs eternal.πŸŒ„

      3. Alina January 6, 2016 at 12:48 am


  2. Holistic Wayfarer December 29, 2015 at 3:02 am

    My family enjoys this at the restaurant. Where do u get the lime leaves? Asian market, I guess?

    1. Alina December 29, 2015 at 3:06 am

      Actually, they’re easily available at all supermarkets, here in Perth. Have a look.:)

  3. youthfoodblog December 19, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Very exotic soup! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Alina December 20, 2015 at 7:21 am

      thanks so much.:)

  4. Mr Ben Groom December 18, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Oh god yes. One of my absolute faves. I must make this soon, but I have leftover pho right now and should probably eat something solid between!

    1. Alina December 19, 2015 at 12:29 am

      haha, you should.:)

  5. joannathemontrealer December 18, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    I recently saw a kid make this on MasterChef Junior and I have been salivating ever since. This looks delicious! πŸ™‚ Great recipe!

    1. Alina December 18, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Thank you.:)

  6. Javy Dreamer December 18, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Reblogged this on Home Made Dreams! and commented:
    Sounds and look great. Not a big fan of mushrooms, but willing to try this one.

  7. lynne hoareau December 18, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    oh yum ! sounds divine πŸ™‚


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