Tom Kha Gai Recipe

Servings: 4

This is a deliciously fragrant, traditional Thai soup that bursts with unusual aromatic flavors.


  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 8 quarter sized slices fresh galangal root (available at Asian markets)
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk fresh lemongrass, finely chopped
  • 4 whole red thai chilies
  • 2 chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup small brown mushrooms, sliced
  • 8 kaffir lime leaves, sliced thin
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Bring coconut milk and broth to a simmer.
  2. Add galangal, ginger, lemongrass, and chilies and simmer on medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Add chicken slices and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add mushrooms and lime leaves and cook for 5 more minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and add the brown sugar, lime juice, fish sauce, and cilantro.
  6. Stir well and season to taste.

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