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Tom Kha Phak or Tom Kha Gai

  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Tom means soup  Kha means galangal so literally means Galangal Soup. Without the Galangal, it is just coconut soup)
If you want more protein, you can add tofu if you like.

Add 1 cup of precooked chicken at the end, or in the bowl before serving to make if Tom Kha Gai.


  • 1 cup Napa cabbage or Bokchoy (sliced)
  • 2 small carrots (sliced into rounds)
  • 1 cup shitaake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup snow peas, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tsp lemon grass (chopped)
  • 1 ea fresh red chilies (or 2 dried)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs garlic-ginger paste
  • 1 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper corns1/4 tsp cumin seed
  • 2 tsp dried lemongrass or 1 stalk fresh, cut into chunks
  • 2 large green onions, cut into bite size peices on diagonal
  • 1/2 tsp galangal powder
  • 1 small pirce of cheese cloth
  • 2 tbs lime juice
  • 2 inches fresh ginger , cut into chunks
  • 1 14 oz can coconut milk
  • 32 ouncees vegetable broth or 16 oz vegetable broth plus 1 1/2 Tbs miso in 16 oz water
  • to taste salt
  • 1 tsp chili oil (GARNISH)
  • 4 lime wedges (GARNISH)
  • 4 Tbs cilantro (chopped GARNISH)
  • 1 cup pre-ccoked chicken (for Tom Kha Gai)


  • Place the coriander, cumin, black pepper corns, lemongras, thai chili, and ginger and tie the cheese cloth closed.
  • In a soup pot, add the broth or broth/water and the cheesecloth with the herbs and bring to a simmer.
  • Add the galangal and the garlic/ginger paste and mix well.
  • Allow to simmer about 15 minutes.
  • Add the mushrooms and carrots and simmer about 10 minutes, until the carrots are just tender.
  • Add the snow peas and green onions and simmer another 5 minutes.
  • Remove the cheesecloth with the herbs.
  • Add the napa cabbage, the lime juice and the coconut milk
  • Simmer until the napa cabbage is wilted.
  • Serve topped with cilantro, chili oil and lime wedges on the side.


Source: Thai Recipes

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: Main Dish, Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Asian


  • Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Calories: 202
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