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How to Make (Tom Ka Gai) Thai Coconut Chicken Soup!

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Here's how to make some authentic Thai coconut chicken soup, Tom Ka Gai.

You can trust me on this as my girlfriend is Thai and she's taught me how to make it about a year ago. Best of all, she's approved of my authenticity of making good Thai coconut soup. She has also lived in Thailand most of her life so this is going to be as authentic as you can get, next to being a professional Thai cook from Thailand.

This is the northen Chiang-Mai style, just in case you are Thai.

You can also see the original version of this instructable on my blog at Zedomax.com.

Ingredients you will need:

7 or 8 shallots - These are basically Thai-style onions I'd say. If you don't wear contacts like me, just make sure to wear something to protect your eyes unless you are a hardcore cook who doesn't mind some eye stings.

Chicken Breat Meat - Chicken is the main ingredient for Tom Ka Gai, if you prefer something like shrimps, that could be a good substitute. Get the breast meat without bones so you get all meat. About 1.5 pounds of chicken should do.

Mushrooms - You can get some regular mushrooms like me or even get some special ones but make sure shrooms are included in your soup.

Limes - You will need limes for sure as they will control how sour your soup will taste, a key ingredient among most Thai dishes. You can also use the leftover Limes after you use it for cleaning or refreshing your kitchen counter-top, so don't just throw them away after cooking.

ChaKoh Coconut Milk - You will need a can of coconut milk and I highly suggest an authentic ChaKoh brand, most Thai people will prefer this one over any others.

Galanga (White Ginger) - You will need galanga, or white ginger as people call it in America. This is the main, main ingredient that will soak your soup into a special herb taste so get this, not regular ginger. These things are hard to find sometimes but your local Chinese market should have them. They basically look like giant ginger so&

Thai Chili - You will need these Thai chilis for spicying up your soup. You probably need about 10-15 of these but you can freeze any leftovers in your freezer to use it over the next 6 months or even more.

Tiparos Fish Sauce - You will also need fish sauce to make the soup taste right, I highly recommend Tiparos brand and nothing else.

Cilantro - You can add cilantros right before you serve the soup.

Tomatoes (optional) - I didn't include tomatoes in this session (because I forgot) but you do have an option of adding 1 tomatoe, sliced up for more sour taste.

Lemon Grass(optional) - Most Thai dishes use lemon grass but this one doesn't need it unless you really want to add some lemon grass. (I am not stopping you from extra work.)
 
 
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Had this last night. Totally killer!
blizz864 years ago
hehe good instructable and pretty funny cooking antics? lol by the way you tasted soup with uncooked chicken !! nasty
My sweetie and I made the soup tonight. It was delicious. I would say that the recipe is a bit vague when it came to the exact amounts of each ingredient to add. We played around with flavors for a while and eventually made some tasty soup. The keys are, as mentioned, the lime and the fish sauce. Great recommendation on the Tiparos. We had used Squid brand in the past, and it was grody. Thanks!
target0225 years ago
Nice work. This is my favorite Thai soup. I'm having a Thai cooking party this weekend, I may have to add this to the menu.
Made this yesterday, came out great. I did add a little sugar cause I like it a little sweet and sour.
kenbob5 years ago
Made this tonight, but took some liberties with ingredients... I had leftover salmon, it played the part of the chicken. Also, I used fewer chilies as the kids don't have my love of heat.
It was delicious, positive comments all around.

zedomax (author)  kenbob5 years ago
That's crazy, good thing it worked out, it should be authentic. :)
Ninzerbean5 years ago
This is just great! Thank you especially for pointing out the best products to use. I have a cupboard full of different fish sauces because I keep buying more thinking one of them is better, now I know.
zedomax (author)  Ninzerbean5 years ago
Yey! Glad it helped, I was only speaking in terms of Thai food but yes, these are the brands to use. :)
lemonie5 years ago
Looks great. I like (any) curries packed with heat and you've covered that. L
zedomax (author)  lemonie5 years ago
Yes, this one is very similar to the curries.
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