Tom kha kai

Yesterday I saw this recipe of a Thai soup. This gave me an idea to try another classic Thai dish, Tom kha kai. A soup with coconut milk, galanga & chicken, inspired by Wikipedia.

The biggest challenge for this dish was to get some Thai ingredients. I didn’t have fresh galanga but powder. I heard those two can be a big difference in taste. So I definitely want to try this same recipe with fresh galanga.

This recipe is right up my alley. I like the spicy chili in combination with the fresh sour lemon & lemon grass. Great classic soup!

Tom kha kai

Ingredients (serves 4)

300 grams chicken drumstick
750 ml chicken stock
400 ml coconut milk
2 stalks lemon grass
2 tsp galanga powder
2 chili peppers
1 shallot
1 tomato
150 grams oyster mushrooms
1 lemon
2 tbsp fish sauce


Fry the chicken drumsticks for about 10 minutes in a pan with some oil. Add the chicken stock & coconut milk. Bring it to a boil.

Lower the heat. Slice the shallot, tomato & mushrooms. Add it to the pan together with the crushed lemon grass & galanga. After about 15 minutes you can remove the chicken drumsticks & stalks of lemon grass. Cut the meat from the drumsticks. Add some lemon juice & fish sauce to the soup for the taste.

Serve the soup with the pieces of chicken and and slice of leftover lemon.

Recipe source: Wikipedia


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.