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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

{ Tom Ka Gai: Coconut Chicken Soup }

Hello! I'm pretty sure many of you are already familiar with this dish, Tom Ka Gai. Yes, that spicy coconut milk soup. Well, I have to admit that I was motivated to make this dish by my new banker (secretly, I'd just like to get his lasagna recipe!). Anyway, for those family and friends of mine that are Thai, please read the "Note from the author" on your right hand side before you move on o_o ---->


***Note: minus the chili paste and green onion if you want it to be a bit more traditional***

{ 2-3 servings }
  • 5 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cans (about 400 ml. each ) of coconut milk (could use more or less, depends on how creamy you want it to be. Also, some Thai people use milk instead)
  • 1/2 of a whole onion
  • 2/3 cup of chopped cilantro
  • 2/3 cup of chopped green onion
  • 2/3 lb of chicken breast
  • 1/2-1 cup of sliced mushroom (however much you'd like)
  • 5-6 pieces of sliced Galanga (Ka) ///see image below///
  • 6-7 pieces of sliced lemon grass ///see image below///
  • 3-4 tbsp of tamarin paste
  • 3-4 tbsp of (Thai) chili paste
  • 3-4 tbsp of fish sauce

{ Lemongrass }

{ Galanga (Ka) }

{ Sliced Galanga (Ka) }

{ Onion }

{ Green Onion }

{ Cilantro }

1. Slice/cut lemongrass, galanga, onion, cilantro, and green onion as shown from images above.

2. Slice chicken breast into strips.


3. In a medium-large saucepan add chicken or vegetable broth and bring it to a boil, then add galanga and lemongrass. Bring the temperature down to medium and cook it for about 5 minutes, then add chicken and onion. Cook for about 15 minutes.

4. Add coconut milk and bring it to a boil.


{ Thai Chili Paste }

{ Tamarin Paste }

{ Fish Sauce }

5. Add chili paste, tamarin paste, and fish sauce, stir it well.

///Adjust the amount of these ingredients to suit your own palate///


{ Fresh Thai Pepper }

6. Turn the temperature down to medium-low, then add Thai pepper (if you want it to be spicy), green onion and cilantro. Roasted pepper would also give an excellent flavor.


VoilĂ !

Oh, and don't forget a bowl of rice!



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