Khao Tom (Thai Rice Soup)

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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”.

Ingredients Serves 4
Pork or chicken stock 6 cups
Ginger root, minced fresh 1 tbspn
Shallots, minced and crushed 2 large
Lemon grass 1 stalk (cut into two)
Rice ¾ cup
Ground pork minced 250 gm
Eggs 2
Fish sauce 2 tbspns
Maggi sauce 1 tbspn
Scallion, for garnish 1 sliced
Deep-fried garlic 1 tbspn for garnish
Coriander fresh, chopped 1 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.