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TOM KHA GAI RECIPE (วิธีทำ ต้มข่าไก่)

  • Author: Chefjar


  • Chicken fillets ( cubed)- 2 or 500 gm
  • Coconut oil - 2-3 tbsp
  • Onion ( quartered)- 1
  • Coconut milk- 1 can
  • Chicken stock- 4 cups
  • Lemongrass ( finely chopped)- 3 stalks
  • Galangal ( chopped) - 1 tbsp
  • Tomatoes( diced)- 2 large
  • Thai sillies- 3
  • Oyster mushrooms/ or any of your choice- 400 gm
  • Kaffir leaves- 7-8
  • Fresh lime juice- 4 tbsp or as needed
  • Fresh cilantro- 2 tbsp
  • Salt- to taste


  1. Heat 3 tbs of coconut oil in a medium saucepan. Add the chicken fillets and fry about 5 minutes or until slightly browned.
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  3. In the meantime cut off the stem of the galangal and finely chop the root.
  4. Take the lemongrass, remove the outer layer and the end root. Slice the tender inner flesh ( this will help to release its wonderful fragrance in this soup).
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  6. Add the galangal & the lemongrass to the chicken. Fry 2-3 minutes , then pour 1 cup of chicken stock and cook another 5 minutes. Add the onion bring the soup to boil. Allow to boil 5 minutes.Tom kha gai recipe
  7. Take out the cooked onion and lemon grass from the soup.
  8. In a medium bowl mix together the coconut milk with 3 cups of chicken stock. Pour it into the saucepan. Just before the coconut milk comes to a boil, add the mushrooms & the tomatoes. Cook 5 -7 minutes over low heat.
  9. Don't bring the coconut milk to boil, just maintain a low heat. Stir the soup very gently in one direction only, otherwise the coconut milk will start to curdle.Tom kha gai recipe
  10. Take the kaffir lime leaves, tear them with your hand in halves, and throw them into the soup. Breaking the leaves will help to release their flavor. Add salt & toss the red chilies into the soup too.
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  12. Cook the soup for about 5 - 10 minutes over very low heat. You want all the ingredients to be fully cooked, but try not to overcook the coconut milk.
  13. Turn off the heat. Add the lime juice & the chopped cilantro. Give it a quick stir.
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  15. The soup is ready to be served!


Serving Suggestions:
Steamed rice

  • Category: Soups
  • Cuisine: Thai cuisine