Sunday, March 31, 2013

Tom Kha Gai

Tom Kha Gai? The other side to another Thai Soup (Seafood Tom Yum Soup), or can be said as another style to Tom Yum Soup basically (Tom Yum Chicken). Whatever you like to add into Tom Kha Gai, in other words, ranging from seafood, poultry and meat, though I can't say if beef is suitable, the rest I have already mentioned should be food fine (Thai Green Fish Curry, Shrimp Pad Thai Salad & Thai Steamed Fish). Of course, when we speak about Thai cuisine overall, what should we expect? Obviously, the big, bold and power packing tastes (Spicy Thai Noodles & Thai Carrot Soup)? Sure. We shouldn't dispute, should we? Of course not. Herbs, fish sauce and chillies naturally are some of the key ingredients, for this Thai Soup, Tom Kha Gai, we crucially need a good run of coconut milk (Thai Vegetable Curry, Shrimp Coconut & Creamy Coconut Lentil Curry) and I opted for fish as well (Thai Fish Noodle Soup). Tom Kha Gai. The burst of Thai tremendous deliciousness.

1 inch galangal/lengkuas
1 lemongrass
4 shallots
1/2 inch ginger
Red or birds eye chillies (as needed)
** Pound/blend to a rough paste
Other ingredients
1 large piece (about 400g) kurau/threadfin - cut into bite sizes
5-6 kaffir lime/limau purut leaves - tear into pieces
1 cup thick coconut milk
1 packet oyster mushrooms
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp oil
Salt for taste 

Heat oil and fry paste over low heat to release the aroma.
Add fish and gently stir  into the paste for about 3-4 mins.
Pour 1/4 litre of water and drop in lime leaves.
When fish is cooked, add the rest of the ingredients.
Stir gently and simmer.
Remove from heat once it's fully heated through.


  1. OMG ms.nava K i've been looking for this recipe all around google but your's one are more interesting and yummylicious thank for sharing the recipe.

  2. looks so much like 5 start hotel food... :)

  3. That sounds like a very fresh and yummy dish, quite different from what we usually eat here in Sweden. So a nice dish to change it up with from time to time.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Mmmmm....also one of my favourite though cant eat that now...still suffering from travel sickness. Exhausted . Thanks for dropping comments in my blig

  5. I'm a vegetarian by choice, but was so tempted to see the soup, looks creamy and rich!!
    Coconut milk and mushroom to me makes any recipe taste out of the world :)
    Nice soup!

  6. Just mouthwatering...looks creamy & delicious!

  7. Looks so creamy!! Lovely dish!

  8. Nava, I agree with Pavitra here. I saw it on Google+ and was tempted to check out the recipe. The sweetness of coconut with lemon juice and flavor of lemon grass would be great in this soup. I tried using lemongrass first time in steamed rice. It was good.

  9. Looks very tempting.. I love Thai flavour.. But some of the ingredients I am not familiar with :(

  10. Awesome! The hubby loves this dish... will try to make it for him...but the worry is when he overeats rice when he sees such lovely and appetizing gravy.

  11. Nava,this looks soo inviting I did visit all ur posts on poached pears, pandan one looks so beautifully green I did feel like eating a piece out of it.

  12. Coconut milk adds that extra delicious flavour my friend, your fish is gorgeous :)

    Happy Easter!
    Choc Chip Uru

  13. i didnt try this before :3 feel like try it every time when i having thai food but i dont think so i can accept it coz it have coconut >.<

  14. Interesting and yummy soup.. Looks divine Nava :-)

  15. hi Nava..tq 4 ur sweet comments @ my blog..appreciated it & do come again yeahh..this is such a lovely tomyum recipe..i'm trigger to try it..nice sharing :)

  16. Looks yummy, you make so many dishes.

  17. I love this soup and your recipe is so flavorful and delicious.WOW!

  18. This soup looks awesome. Such a lovely and yummy soup :)


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