Tom Ka Gai - Coconut chicken soup with galangal


Tom Ka Gai - Coconut chicken soup with galangal



T om Ka Gai (ต้มข่า ไก่) Coconut chicken soup with great-tasting lime leaves, lemon grass and galangal. Galangal can look similar to ginger but with the difference that warm ginger, galangal is a cooling and a refreshing, almost smoky taste. You do not need to peel it, but just use the main part Galangae and offshoots. You can also freeze galang cut into coins placed separately on the plate, and to freeze it; when frozen, put it in a bag and place it in mrazmíčky.

There are other versions of Tom Kha made with seafood (Tom Kha Thale Thai ต้มข่า ทะเล), mushrooms (Tom Kha het Thai ต้มข่า เห็ด), pork (Tom Kha him, Thai ต้มข่า หมู) and tofu (Tom Kha taohu, Thai. ต้มข่า เต้าหู้)

In the 19th century, Tom Kha was not soup, but it was the dish of chicken or duck in a light coconut broth with plenty of galangal, served with roasted chili paste for dipping.


Recipe for 4 people


  •  110 g boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 stalk lemon grass
  • 1 piece galangal unpeeled (2.5 cm)
  • 4 limetkové list
  • 2 chillies
  • 2 cups (500 ml), coconut milk
  • 1 cup (250 ml), water or chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) fish sauce
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) finely chopped or grated palm sugar
  • 1/4 chopped fresh coriander leaves, to garnish


  • Cut the chicken for 6 mm strips and set aside.
  • Potlčte lemongrass laying on board with the blunt side of the knife. Cut into 6 cm pieces.
  • Cut the galangal into 3 mm slices, lime leaves and tear into thirds, and cut it in half or subtract, seeds and set aside.
  • Put the coconut milk and water (or chicken broth) to a medium-sized saucepan and cook over medium heat. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Not soup simmer
  • Reduce flame to medium-low level and add lemon grass, galangal, lime leaves and chilli. Boil for 2 minutes more while still stir
  • Add chicken and cook while under agitation for 5 minutes. Be careful not precook chicken and reduce the temperature when the soup boils.
  • To end stir, add the lemon (or lime) juice, fish sauce and sugar. Garnish with coriander soup is ready

Video recipe for a different version of Tom Kha Kai - with mushrooms.