Sopa’s Tom Kha Gai


This soup recipe was from a simple country girl who went to work for a restaurateur. He found that her soup was better than his!

The recipe relies on the proportions of each and the thick coconut milk. There is a small “catch” in the back of the throat attests to the chili content, but the coconut milk smooths this out. The lack of bones in the chicken pieces elevates this soup from peasant fare.

Ingredients Serves 4
Sliced chicken breast fillet 500 gms
Tom Kha paste (Lobo) 1 packet
Coconut milk (cream) 600 ml
Lemongrass cut into 1 cm pieces 1 small stick
Lemon or lime juice 10 ml
Chili (chopped, no seeds) 2 medium
Fish sauce 50 ml
Sugar 3 tspns
Lime leaves 1
Water 1 cup
Straw mushrooms (whole, canned) 50 gm
Coriander (fresh, shredded) 1 tbspn

Cooking Method

Put coconut milk and Tom Kha paste into a pot and bring to the boil – about 2 minutes.

Add chicken breast pieces and bring to the boil again over a medium heat – about 5 minutes.

Add the rest of the ingredients, other than the coriander, and boil for another 2 minutes over medium heat.

This can be served immediately, if in a hurry, or allowed to simmer for a while to enhance the spiciness.

Sprinkle the coriander over the soup just before serving.