Cookbook:Tom Kha Kai

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Tom Kha Kai
Category Thai recipes
Servings 5
Time ½ hour

Tom kha kai (or tom kha gai) is a Thai soup with the distinct, very Thai flavor of galangal, a rhizome somewhat similar to ginger. Kha means "galangal" in Thai. This version of the soup is made with chicken (kai or gai).


Serves five.


  1. Bring stock and coconut milk to a boil.
  2. Add lemongrass, galangal, chilies, sugar and pepper.
  3. Add onion, tomato, chicken bits, and mushrooms.
  4. Keep at a rolling boil for 4 minutes.
  5. Remove the pot from the heat.
  6. Stir in lime juice and soy sauce.
  7. Garnish with cilantro and chilies.

For one bowlEdit

  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) coconut milk
  • ⅔ cups (160 ml) chicken stock
  • ½ stalk lemongrass (cut into 1" bits)
  • 3 thin slices galangal (or ginger, but see above note)
  • 1 mini chili, finely chopped
  • 6 cubes chicken
  • ¼ onion
  • ⅓ tomato, halved and peeled
  • 1 mushroom, cut into 6 pieces
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • ⅛ tsp pepper
  • dash lime juice
  • dash soy sauce


  • Always wash your hands with soap immediately after you are done cutting chili peppers.