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Thai Creamy Chicken Soup Recipe (Tom Kha Gai) and some news....

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 | Labels: , , , , , , |

If you like Thai flavours and would welcome a bit of comfort food, I'm pretty sure you will like tom kha gai. Today's indulgently creamy and comforting chicken soup is quite a new discovery to me as I have always opted for the clearer soups like the extremely popular tom yum soup whenever I have Thai food.  Tom kha gai is made creamy with the addition of fragrant coconut milk while lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and galangal make up most of the Thai flavours.  Extremely comforting, this is perfect for the cooler season and yes, this even applies to us in Malaysia since it's monsoon season - so comforting to have this when it's raining cats and dogs outside.  Although not exactly the most calorie-friendly, this soup is good for the occasional indulgence but in the interest of lesser calories, you can try substituting the coconut milk with low-fat milk for a more waistline-friendly dish.  This was extremely easy to whip up and literally took just about 20 minutes to complete so that's another plus point in my books.


In other news, I am very pleased and flattered to share that my salmon spaghetti was featured on Glamour Magazine's website today and I sold my first photo off Getty Images - quite a good birthday month 'blog-speaking' I must say.  Oh and also, Jamie's perfect roasted potatoes made it onto both Foodgawker's most favourited and Tastespotting's most popular list for the past week.  Very happy!  Last but not least, a big thank you to my dear readers for the kind birthday wishes, comments and generally for supporting Smoky Wok.  Have a great week ahead! :)


Serves 4


1 cup coconut milk
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 stalks lemongrass, white ends smashed and sliced into 3 inch lengths
Handful of kaffir lime leaves, torn (you'll have to use the fresh ones, the dried ones unfortunately don't cut it)
2-3 bird's eye chili peppers, sliced (use red chili peppers for less heat)
2 inches worth of galangal (this looks like ginger can be found in most Asian grocery stores)
1 cup worth of chicken, cubed or cut into bite-sized (I used thighs but feel free to use chicken breast)
2-3 shallots, quartered (or use half a red onion)
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1 tsp red chili powder (optional)
1 tsp fish sauce, or to taste
1 tsp light soy sauce, or to taste



Firstly, bring the coconut milk to the boil.  Add chicken broth and bring to a boil again.  Add the lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and galangal.  Bring to a boil.  Add chicken cubes.  Add chili powder if using.

Season with the fish sauce and soy sauce.  The fish sauce can be rather pungent for newbies but it adds a lot of depth to most Thai dishes.  Bring everything to a boil again. Turn heat to low and allow to simmer for about 10-15 minutes.  Do a taste test and add more seasoning if required.  Throw in the bird's eye chili peppers.  Bring to a boil.

Serve hot.



TasteHongKong said...

Very happy for your, Jen. Your achievements tell - you are both a talented blog author and photography : ). You have here another recipe I like.
Last but not the least, belated Happy Birthday!

Littlecornerofmine said...

Wow, congrats!  :)  Your Tom Kha Gai looks good!

Belly Good Cooking said...

Congrats!! So happy for you. :))

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Thanks very much dear! You are too kind :) 

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Thanks dear!

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Thank you dear! :)

Jeannie said...

This looks and sounds delicious! Congrats on your first sale:D and happy belated birthday

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Jeannie, thanks very much! :)

Smallkucing said...

30mins and less? For you yes lah. For me sure more than that kakaka...Looks goods

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

hahah really? Very easy, really!! Thanks btw

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Oh you are on a roll Jen!!!  I'm super happy for your success on the feature, FG and selling your photo!!!  You deserve much more and I hope you continuously succeed!

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

aww thanks Nami, appreciate your well wishes and encouragement more than you know :P..same to you as well!!

Carolyn said...

Hi Jen, your recipe looks great - i definitely will try it. Read about the Salmon Spaghetti too, what a wonderful birthday gift! Blessed Birthday!!! Carol.

Hyosun Ro said...

Wow! You're one amazingly talented blogger. Congrats on all of your accomplishments!

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Thanks very much Carol! Have a wonderful day! :)

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Hyosun, thanks very much for your kind words :)

tigerfish said...

Great to hear this and your sharing of these happy news :)

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Thank you dear :)

Kristy said...

Hey Jen, congrats on your featuring post! Really proud of you. Your soup sounds really delish. Love it. Hope you're haivng a wonderful evening.
Cheers, Kristy

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Thanks Kristy!! :) You too!

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