Khao Tom (Thai Rice Soup)


This is probably the definitive Thai dish, and one of the commonest staples in Thailand.  Khao Tom (rice soup) can be found anywhere, and most city blocks will have at least one local ‘restaurant’ that specializes in this dish.  Khao Tom is the base to which you can add chicken, pork, prawns, seafood, or whatever takes your fancy!  This recipe uses pork, but it is “up to you”.

IngredientsServes 4
Pork or chicken stock6 cups
Ginger root, minced fresh1 tbspn
Shallots, minced and crushed2 large
Lemon grass1 stalk (cut into two)
Rice¾ cup
Ground pork minced250 gm
Fish sauce2 tbspns
Maggi sauce1 tbspn
Scallion, for garnish1 sliced
Deep-fried garlic1 tbspn for garnish
Coriander fresh, chopped1 tbspn for garnish

Cooking method

In the wok heat the stock and then add ginger root, shallots, lemon grass and rice and bring to a boil and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 30 minutes, or until soup is a porridge-like consistency.  Remove and discard lemon grass.  Add the pork and fish sauce and then break the two eggs into the soup, stir and then simmer five minutes more.  Garnish with scallion, fried garlic and coriander.