Tom Kah Gai (Coconut milk soup)

The following recipe is for chicken, but any meat can be substituted! Tom Kah can be served as part of a meal, or can be a meal in itself.

Tom Kah Gai - Coconut Milk Soup


  • 16 oz chicken broth
  • 4 lime leaves
  • 2 inch piece lemon grass
  • 1-inch piece galangal (“kah”) sliced thinly.
  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 4 oz chicken breast, cut into small bite sized pieces
  • 5 fl ounces coconut milk
  • a little pinch of red chili powder
  • a little cilantro leaves (as a garnish)


After you have heated the chicken broth, add in all of the ingredients except for the chicken and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, then add the remaining two ingredients. Let it boil for 2 minutes, until the chicken is done, then bring it down to a simmer for a few minutes.

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