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Tom Kha Gai Recipe

Tom Kha Gai Recipe
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    Soups and Stews

  • Cusine



24 ounces homemade chicken stock

1 stalk lemongrass, cut into 1-inch pieces

5 to 6 fresh bird\'s eye chilies

12 ounces coconut milk

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced against the grain

12 ounces canned straw mushrooms, drained

4 to 5 fresh kaffir lime leaves

1/4 cup fresh galangal, thinly sliced

Fish sauce

Fresh lime juice

Fresh cilantro, chopped for garnish


If using good quality homemade stock, pour the 24 ounces into a large skillet set over medium-high heat. When it comes to a boil, reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cook until reduced by half. Skip this step if using store bought stock. Using a mortar and pestle, smash the lemongrass pieces until fragrant but still hanging together. Remove and set aside. Add the chilies, and smash them a bit, too. Set those aside. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the coconut milk, chicken stock, lime leaves, lemongrass, and galangal. Turn the heat to medium, and bring liquid up to between 160 and 180 degrees F. Make sure it does not come to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes. Add the mushrooms and chicken, and adjust heat to make sure it is between 160 and 180 degrees F. Stir occasionally, and let mixture cook until chicken is done. Add the chiles, and turn off the heat. Stir well. Add fish sauce and lime juice to taste. Garnish soup with cilantro.